Non-prescription prohormones are the basic, raw materials a man’s body needs to produce testosterone. The
following prohormones (androstenedione, androstenediol, norandrostenediol, and norandrostenedione) are close
“cousins” of testosterone. From a scientific standpoint, that means they’re only one small biochemical step away from
actually being testosterone.
Prohormones and Anabolic Steroids are closely related. Both of them are laboratory synthesized to increase testosterone and enhance anabolic growth. The difference lies in that Anabolic Steroids are basically modified testosterone while prohormones are essentially steroid precursors that our bodies then quickly convert to testosterone. They’re both also banned to many sporting organizations which makes them illegal to take.
prohormones and testosterone are closely similar. However, the hair-split differences between the two are crucial.
By specifically altering the molecular structure of these testosterone precursors, the end result is enhanced physical performance and anabolism – a metabolic state where the body builds muscle from protein. Aside from boosting testosterone, these effects are what makes prohormones so tantalizing to athletes and bodybuilders.
To further explain how it works, let’s take a look at one of the most well-known prohormones: Androstenedione.
It was developed by German scientists back in 1970 to help enhance the athletic prowess of their German olympians. According to this study, Androstenedione enhances muscle mass, athletic performance, mood, and aggression. Ideally, these benefits should yield the same results as taking anabolic steroids, which according to this study, should increase strength by 5-20% with an increase of 2-5 kg in body weight attributed to an increase in lean muscle. Sounds pretty good from here, right?
However, Androstenedione and other prohormones have a short half-life. This means that they don’t stay in our bodies for long. On the bright side, this lessens the probability of prohormones triggering a positive drug test. On the more shady end, it may also not be in our bodies long enough to sustain a working anabolic environment. In fact, according to this article, many studies have suggested that prohormones just aren’t living up to their marketing claims.