Substances which when ingested by the body convert into active hormonal compounds are called prohormones. The active anabolic hormones and anti-catabolic hormones that result from such conversion help to decrease body fat, while they build muscle and increase body strength.
Prohormones can be very useful as agents used for bodybuilding, but there are certain risks associated with them, which body builders need to be aware of so that they can achieve the right results with minimal ill effects. It is necessary that the person using these compounds be an adult and over 18 years of age. These compounds are not suitable for female body builders. The age restriction is to take care of the fact that younger people may not have hormonal systems that are fully developed, and these compounds can disrupt the development process. As they also exhibit male characteristics, their use by females can cause unwanted side effects.
Prohormones will suppress the natural body hormones of the body. Ensuring that this does not affect the body is possible if the prohormones are used in cycles that allow the body to regain its original production of hormones. Cycles are limited to 4 to 12 weeks depending on the constitution of the person taking the prohormones, and must invariably be followed by a therapy that normalizes the balance of natural hormones. This therapy often referred to as PCT or Post Cycle Therapy will have a formula to support the liver function, an anti-estrogen compound and a testosterone booster that is a natural product. Prohormones are processed by the liver, and hence the need to support the functioning of the liver.
There are different types of prohormones, and the ones you choose must be those that will achieve the body building goals you have. You can get those that are better for strength and lean muscle while others are designed to increase the bulk of the body. There are also others that can reduce the body fat, and increase vascularity which can make for maximum muscle definition and lead to highly prominent and visible veins. Competitive athletes need to ensure that prohormones that may test positive for banned anabolic drugs are not ingested.
Prohormones are easily obtained from most medical stores and can come in liquid, pill or tablet form. It is best to take medical advice before starting any prohormone cycles, as certain medical conditions may lead to their contraindication. Doses must be limited to those suggested and never exceeded. You can also buy certain prohormones that can be injected. Some prohormones, however, convert to steroids when injected, and as steroids are banned, it is necessary to take care to avoid ill effects.
Prohormones raise the level of anabolic hormones that the body creates naturally, and this adds to the power and strength of the body. They also guide the body to lose fat, as they direct the nutrients taken in, to the muscles and thus help to increase the body strength. Bodybuilders find these compounds useful for performance improvement.