Steroid Therapy comes with its own pros and cons. There are many benefits and you can achieve your desired body bulk by using Anabolic Steroids but it has to be followed by the Post Cycle Therapy. The steroid may make your dreams come true but can also lead to severe side effects which can be avoided by Post Cycle Therapy.
You must be wondering what exactly is Post Cycle Therapy? Well, to make things easy to understand we need to start from the basics. Androgenic Anabolic Steroids, or AAS as they are widely called, work by increase Testosterone levels in the body, testosterone is the male sex hormone which everybody knows but what you might not know is It is very similar to Estrogen which is the female sex hormone.
ASS spikes up the testosterone levels in the body during the Steroid Therapy but as the therapy stops all the testosterone is metabolized by the body and converted to estrogen. This sudden and high replacement of testosterone into estrogen leads to severe hormonal disbalance and can cause the development of feminine body alterations like and other side effects like:
- Hormonal disbalance
- Increasing of breasts in males, termed gynecomastia.
- Fat deposition
- Water retention
- Testicular atrophy
- Muscle wasting
Spike in estrogen levels can also lead to severe water retention and quick fat deposition which is totally counterproductive to all the hard work you did.
PCT cycle supplements are really important to avoid these side effects and help you maintain your muscle mass. These supplements block the production of estrogen and help in its excretion from the body. Some of the most common and best post cycle therapy supplements are:
- Tribulus and it is derivatives
- Human Growth Hormone [HGH]
- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin [HCG]
- Clomid or Clomiphene Citrate
Clomid or tamoxifen can be used after a couple of weeks and it reduces estrogen level and doesn’t let disrupt hormonal balance. Human Growth Hormone helps is avoiding fat storage in all the wrong sites. Tribulus helps to improve testosterone levels after the steroid therapy.
You can also opt for natural PCT supplements as there are many brands which provide you with naturally derived estrogen blockers. Some of the popular brand names are:
- PCT Power by Nutracraft
- Natural PCT by Ketostat
- PCT EDGE by ChizledLabz
These are just few brand names which are easily available. Before starting any PCT post cycle therapy do brief research and consult your trainer and specialist.