What is a prohormone?
A prohormone is a substance that the body converts into a hormone. They are also sometimes known as steroidal supplements, which can add to the confusion, because they aren’t actually steroids themselves. Nor are they hormones on their own – the body must convert them into hormones.
Prohormones allow you to directly decide which hormones you want to affect. For example, if you want to see more androgenic features – these are caused by testosterone – then you could consume a prohormone for testosterone so your body would react as if it were producing this much.
This is very different from actually consuming testosterone, which itself is a steroid. Testosterone is also the hormone that’s responsible for muscle growth and repair, which is why prohormones for testosterone are so popular.
Prohormones are preferred by those who don’t like the idea of taking highly synthetic steroids. While they may be synthetically extracted, they just give the body the right building blocks to produce its own hormones. Consuming a prohormone allows your body to regulate the amount that is converted into actual hormones, so you don’t end up going into hormonal overdrive or, as it is often known.
Are prohormones safe?
Steroids are generally considered to be more dangerous than prohormones. They can both cause some significant side effects, but steroids are more likely to cause serious problems. Some steroids cause more side effects than others.
The injectable steroid Nandrolone, for instance, is very dangerous because of the huge risk it poses for your heart. Oral steroids all pose a risk of damage to your liver. Other steroids might pose significant risk of losing hair.
Prohormones, on the other hand, have a much less significant profile of side effects. Not all of them are completely safe, though – in fact, many of them can still cause similar problems to steroids due to the way that they cause the overstimulation of certain hormones.
However, when compared to the list of anabolic steroids, prohormones have a much lower chance of causing side effects. Some of them are relatively harmless.
One of the reasons that prohormones are safer is because your body has mechanisms to prevent it from producing too many hormones. If you consume steroids, they will directly affect the hormonal receptor sites regardless of how many you consume. There is no mechanism to tell the receptors to stop responding to direct stimulation.
If you eat too many prohormones, your body will attempt to regulate production and limit the total amount of hormones. This is why it’s generally considered safer to use prohormones instead of steroids.