Is There Such Thing as a safe Steroid?
When we hear the word “steroids”, it’s really easy to immediately go to an image of Arnold Schwarzenegger posing in Speedos during a body building competition circa early 1990’s. It’s also easy to conjure up images of anger-driven steroid rampages, zits, and tiny testicles when discussing anabolic steroids, but it’s important to note that 1) there are different types of steroids and 2) not all are necessarily bad for you.
For starters, anabolic steroids are different than medicinal steroids which are commonly used in the medical field to decrease inflammation in sick people or even topically.
While anabolic steroids are specifically designed to enhance speedy muscle returns. And while many anabolic steroids are man-made, they actually can be found in foods. These are referred to as multi-ingredient prep-workout supplements (MIPS).
They are designed to improve stamina and overall workout performance, but do they actually work and are they safe? The answer isn’t that easy. Just like anything else, it depends on the source and the quality.
Here are some MIPS that can be naturally found in foods.
Creatine: one of the most popular among body builders, Creatine is naturally found in fish and many meats and is naturally-occurring. It is also very popular as a pre-workout drink, but it is safer to consume in food-form.
Matrix metalloproteinase (MM
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) is a blend of creatine, betaine, and dendrobium extract that’s often sold as Craze or various other names. This supplement is relatively safe to use. However, it doesn’t result in the muscle-building claims this drug’s marketing may lead you to believe. It also has been known to have allergic reactions among users.
Dimenthylamylamine: DMAA has been found in numerous muscle-building and weight loss supplements, but it is not safe to use and is actually an illegal supplement as it has been linked to an increase in blood pressure, seizures, and heart attacks. In other words, it’s bad news and not worth the gains it might promise.
Your safest bet? Consume proteins that naturally contain creatine and stick with a good diet and an advanced and consistent workout routine.
Will you have the same gains as Arnold Schwarzenegger? Probably not. But you got into this hobby (or even profession) to be the best and healthiest you can be, and that does not mean compromising your body to look good.