There are all kinds of supplements used by bodybuilders as they constantly search for means to get a competitive edge over the competition. One of the most powerful (and most controversial) of these supplements are the so-called prohormones. What are these substances, what can they do, and why do the bodybuilding community and governing bodies have dividing opinions about them?
This article will show you everything you need to know about the supplement.
A prohormone is defined as a substance that is converted into hormones by enzymatic processes in the body. There are all kinds of prohormones both naturally found in the human body and artificially synthesized by science. Because these substances are converted into hormones, they exert the same effect on the human body as the hormones they are transformed into. They eventually proved to be very popular with bodybuilders, who sought to increase their muscle mass without resorting to anabolic steroids.
Prohormones are widely considered as the most powerful form of bodybuilding supplements around. In fact, they are so powerful that people openly wondered if the use of these substances should be made legal. Though the use of the substance is said to date way back to the 1960s, it was during the late 1990s when the general public first heard of it.
Androstenedione, a prohormone of testosterone, became a very popular supplement not just in bodybuilding, but also in sports. More prohormones were later introduced during this time, which attracted the attention of sports and political governing bodies.
Perhaps the most notorious prohormone during this era was Methyl-1-testosterone, also known as M1T. Partly because it is not broken down easily by the liver, the use of M1T results to massive increases in testosterone, which led to rapid development of muscle mass and performance. This put into question the legality of using such substances, which for some is tantamount to using PEDs.
To make matters worse, M1T was soon implicated with a number of diseases such as hypertension and liver disease. This has led to the banning of the use of prohormones such as M1T in 2004.
Since then, the technology involving prohormones has evolved by leaps and bounds. Some of the latest supplements available on the market today can circumvent the current doping laws, making them completely legal for use in bodybuilding and other competitions. Even better, some of these products have little to no adverse side effects. With this new generation of products, prohormones seem to be here to stay this time around.