Andro (or andros) is the short form for the sports supplement Androstenedione which was once a legal steroid that was sold off the counter before it was banned in 2004.The supplement is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and Food and Drug Administration, United States.
Androstenedione is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal gland and commonly found in the pollen of Scotch pine trees. Androstenedione is a direct testosterone precursor and when taken orally,can increase blood levels of both Androstenedione and testosterone. According to a study, 50 mg given orally to men raises plasma testosterone levels from 140% to 183% of normal, 100 mg of oral Androstenedione raises levels from 211% to 337% of normal.
Blood levels start rising after 15 minutes of oral dosage of Androstenedione and remain elevated for the next three hours. A peak in blood testosterone levels can be noticed 1 ½ hours after ingestion of the supplement.
It is just one molecular step away from male hormone testosterone. It uses an enzyme 17bHSD inside the body to get converted into testosterone. Androstenedione is quite helpful in boosting the testosterone level in the body. The original supplement was a steroid, now banned by the government.
Aromatase is an inhibitor added in Androstenedione to reduce and check the growth and development of female hormone estrogen inside the body.
One major issue related to use of steroids as hormone booster is the loss of hair. Hair loss occurs due to formation of DHT. Some DHT blocker has to be used to reduce the formation of DHT, and hence enhancing the testosterone levels.
There has been a speculation that excessive usage of Androstenedione as a supplement results in liver damage. The truth is that, only illegal anabolic oral steroids can cause any damage to liver. As far as Androstenedione is concerned it has never known to cause any kind of unnecessary stress on the body or the liver.
The most important aspect of using Androstenedione as a supplement is to manipulate the enzymes needed to activate it properly. By using Forskolin the rate of conversion from adnrostene to testosterone can be enhanced. 3beta-HydroxyAndrost-5-ene-17-one is still a legal steroid in the world of sports. These legal steroids are only to be used by males above 21 yrs,under doctor’s supervision.