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PCT and Steroid Cycle Support Supplements - Part 2

Dopamine Agonist Alternatives

Mucuna Pruriens (standardised for L-DOPA 15 – 20%)

Animal Stak

Studies have shown that subjects who supplement with Mucuna Puriens have elevated L-Dopa levels. The body converts L-Dopa into the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine increases the activity in the brain centres that regulate sexuality and the production of sex hormones. Increase dopamine levels will hopefully cause a marked decrease in prolactin secretion from the pituitary.

An effective dose of mucuna pruriens on cycle will be anywhere between 2 – 4 grams per day.

Other options include: Vitex and Vitamin B6.

 

DHT elevators

Those with access to Androgel or Testostim (prescription testosterone gels) can apply these topically to the scrotal skin. This has been shown in the scientific litterateur to spike DHT (3).

Extracts of the Stinging Nettle Root (which is legal in Australia) has been shown to inhibit the binding of sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB) to DHT resulting in an increase in free DHT.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate is another supplement which has the potential to raise DHT (4).

Post Cycle Therapy

Another big concern for steroid users is the suppression of their natural testosterone levels – and the subsequent restoration at the completion of the cycle.

A number of different factors will determine how ‘shut down’ or suppressed you get during a cycle, including but not limited to: the dose, length of cycle, estrogen levels and activity at the progesterone receptor (think TREN and DECA).

A few recommendations to minimise testosterone suppression:

When you finish a cycle there are a number of factors which the smart steroid user will want to combat.

1 - Pharmacological Remedies

Most steroid users will use SERMs (yes they serve two purposes, gyno protection and testosterone booster) to help them restart there natural testosterone production. Clomid and Nolva are again the most prevalent (there are others). These drugs have been shown to be very effective in restoring suppressed testicular function.

There are other options include hCG and a testosterone “stasis taper”... Both are outside the scope of this article.

1 - OTC Alternate Options

For those users who don’t have access to Clomid and Nolva (or are simply looking for a natural alternative to these drugs) have some effective options at their disposal.

D-Aspartic Acid

Human research shows that supplementing with D-aspartic Acid can increase total testosterone production by 42% in only 12 days.

Out of 23 participants in a recent human study, 20 had a significant increase in testosterone after just 12 days. The placebo group did not have an increase in testosterone.

Viridex XT + Triazole

This stack looks to recover testosterone from a number of different angles.

Virdex XT is an effective D-aspartic Acid formulation which has been show to in the scientific literature to act as a natural regulator of anabolic hormone (i.e. testosterone, growth hormone) release in the body than any supplement ingredient EVER.Triazole has the potential to be a potent aromatase inhibitor. By lowering estrogen you can effectively stimulate an increase in testosterone production.

TRIAZOLE WILL BE BETTER SUITED TO THE FINAL WEEKS OF A PCT PROGRAM (OR IN PYRAMIDING FASHION).

Pyramid Dosing

Week 1: 1/4 dose

Week 2: 1/2 dose

Week 3: 3/4 dose

Week 4: full dose

Week 5: full dose

Ergogenix - Ergotest

Another herb which has shown promise in raising testosterone – in rat studies is Bulbine natalensis the power ingredient in Ergotest. This ingredient is certainly something worth considering if the raise in liver enzymes and cholesterol seen in some rat studies don’t translate to humans.

2 - Catabolism

When you draw to the end of the cycle you want to be loading creatine (20g per day). This will help you offset catabolism. This is also where you want to your heaviest lifting (leave some in the tank when you are on cycle). You want to avoid an environment of lowered testosterone and decreasing weight loads.

3 - Elevated Cortisol Levels

Endoamp max

Each serving of EndoAmp provides a scientifically proven 800mg dose of phosphatidylserine (PS). This is the exact same dose used in human clinical trials to suppress cortisol, raise testosterone and prevent muscle breakdown. PS is a very important naturally occurring phospholipid which helps reduce stress related catabolism and cortisol release.

Hair Loss

Another major concern for bodybuilder is the loss of hair associated with steroids. The loss of hair is associated with the increased levels of DHT.

The management of DHT is very tricky. DHT is actually far more androgenic than testosterone. It is also competes with estrogen at the estrogen receptor to help combat gyno.

A lot of finasteride users (a prescription hair loss drug) end up with gyno because DHT levels become to low. It will cut into their gains as well. For more information on hair loss read here.

OTC Options

Pregnolone cream is an effective tool to be utilised in managing DHT. Pregnelone cream is legal and readily available in most places and will help reduce DHT levels if your hair starts to shed. It also has a short active life so if you notice signs of gyno you can discontinue use quickly.

Saw palmetto can also reduce DHT, as does some white button mushroom extracts.

Norzial 2% shampoomay also provide protection from hair loss.

Liver toxicity

When using a lot of 17a alkylated steroids over longer periods of time, toxicity to the liver can become an issue.

Malfunction of the liver in its earlier stages rarely cause any significant symptoms. When you consider that medical science hasn’t got a whole lot to offer you in the way of remedying a liver disorder; it is prudent to practise prevention.

We are fortunate to have access to natural liver-protecting remedies that are safe and effective.

Based on published clinical trials, elevating SAMe levels can have a beneficial effect on many conditions. As a preventative agent, SAMe is so powerful that it can reverse the effects of chemicals and alcohol as they occur. Studies also show that low SAMe levels create a toxic environment that can increase liver cancer risk.

Other options:

References:


For Part 1 of this Article, click here.