Whenever the word steroid comes up, many people clam up right away. This taboo topic has been so ingrained in many cultures because there is a notion that it is illegal and the mere possession of it can put one in serious trouble. Adding fuel to flame is the fact that this is banned in most athletic competitions.
It is time to see through all these claims and see if steroids are really the evil they say they are.
Steroids do carry some short-term risks like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, liver toxicity, and many others. Some long-term risks are infertility, atherosclerosis, hypogonadism and others. Anyone who has heard about these effects would surely feel that steroids are not good at all.
Looking at the other side of the coin, there are two reasons why steroids are worth keeping and using. First up, understanding everything about steroids would really help debunk all these myths going around.
Steroids, whether raw powder steroids or whatever form, are lipid-soluble and can diffuse directly into a cell, bind into particular receptors, go to the cell nucleus, and influence gene transcription. The transcribed genes determine the proteins produced and the proteins affect the structure and function of this cell.
As a derivative of testosterone, they diffuse into the cell and bind to a receptor to help in the production of protein thus earning it a reputation for muscle-building. This is the reason why a lot of people look buffed up when they use steroids.
For steroids to get into the cells, they must first get into the blood. This is another controversial issue because others say intravenous administration is the most effective way to use steroids. But then again, there are different and less invasive means of using steroids like orally in forms of powders or tablets, or topical in the case of gels and creams.
If you are looking for a quick and visible effect, you can always opt for the injected steroid which may have more side effects. If you are patient though, you can choose over-the-counter steroids that may take a bit more time to show effects but are safer.