Are ‘Legal Steroids’ Safe?
There are quite a few ‘legal steroids’ on the market nowadays – which is causing many people to raise their eyebrows in curiosity. Anabolic steroids are actually against the law to use or take in the UK unless you’re being treated by a doctor for a medical condition, though these new legal steroids seem to be different. Unlike anabolic steroids, these supplements are legal and side-effect free.
Is it too good to be true? What are these ‘Legal Steroids’ really made out of? And is it really possible that they could deliver steroid-like results without the danger or the side effect risk?
The truth about Legal Steroids
The truth about legal steroids is that it depends upon the product. The good ones, however, are in fact both legal and safe. You definitely don’t want to exceed the maximum dosage, as doing so could potentially put you at risk – and you aren’t supposed to use them if you are pregnant, under the age of 18, nursing, or if you suffer from one of a number of chronic medical conditions.
But aside from these exceptions, it definitely seems like legal steroids offer at least a passable alternative to the illegal, anabolic-type without the negatives. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement, and you should never consider taking something until you have thoroughly researched it – though as a general rule, there hasn’t been much in the way of ‘bad news’ about these types of products.
What do they really do?
Anabolic steroids basically deliver a synthesized testosterone derivative to the body.This floods the system with extra testosterone, which helps to repair the muscles faster.
It also makes the muscles larger and increases workout time.
But what do legal steroids do?
As it turns out, these supplements don’t actually contain anabolic steroids – though it is suggested that they might create a sort of ‘anabolic state’ within the muscles when used. In fact, many of the legal ingredients used in legal steroids are ‘natural’, like wild yam and Tribulus Terrestris.
Neither of these are true anabolic steroids – yet they have some history of use in related areas. Tribulus Terrestris, for example, comes from a Mediterranean plant that has been used to enhance athletic performance for years. It has also been used extensively to treat a range of different heart, circulatory, and sexual problems.
According to WebMD, Tribulus can cause users to experience some trouble sleeping and can also cause irregular periods in females, though beyond these there don’t really seem to be any serious health risks associated with it.
There are some other ingredients utilized in legal steroids that are riskier – but this is just an example of what is sometimes used to make these types of supplements. They’re not truly anabolic steroids. They’re actually made from ingredients that are completely legal – and while some of them do pose some side-effect risk, you are probably not going to see side effects unless you take a larger dosage than you’re supposed to.
What can you do to make sure that your ‘legal steroid’ supplement is safe?
If you’re thinking about trying a new supplement, there are definitely a few preliminary steps that you should always take.
First of all, always consult your doctor. Secondly, always investigate the product. Find out what ingredients it contains, and see if other users have been having any negative side effects. You should also avoid using legal steroids if you are under the age of 18 or if you are pregnant. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, then you should definitely make sure that you clear it with your doctor first.
Otherwise, using common sense and moderation should keep you away from anything dangerous. Take only high-quality products that have a good reputation, and try to stick with good name-brand versions instead of skimping out to go generic. Buying the ‘cheap’ versions can sometimes be a bad idea, as you’re not always getting the pure ingredients when you do so.
It’s also very important to take a break from the supplement if the instructions say to do so. Your body may need time to ‘readjust’ its own hormone levels after taking a workout or body-building supplement for a few months, so always double-check the instructions to make sure that you understand them completely before getting started.