This product was a huge improvement compared to the Enanthate and Cypionate esters that did not stay in the system for long. Sustanon in theory could be injected every 3 to 4 weeks with very effective results. This blend of testosterones first appeared on the market in the early 1970’s. After almost 50 years it is still one of the most popular and effective combinations of testosterone ester blends. Most Sustanon products were manufactured under the Organ on Pharmaceutical giant’s label..
All testosterones with an ester attached are more popular and easier to inject than a free form of testosterone for example free base testosterone suspended in water. Testosterones with esters attached releases slower and more gradual. This is beneficial for not being so painful when injecting and it gives you added benefit by giving you a more constant release of testosterone in blood serum levels. Less frequent injections are also needed. Free base testosterone must be injected every day for sustained blood serum levels or at longest every second day.
Sustanon is designed to provide a rapid peak in testosterone levels 24 – 48 hours after administration and it will maintain concentrations physiologically for up to 21 days. Each 1ml of sustaining provides 176 milligram of testosterone when the ester weight has been subtracted off the milligram weight.
Sustanon is usually incorporated into a bulking cycle where raw mass is required and definition is not of major significance. Some athletes use Sustanon in their cutting cycle by lowering the dose to around 100mg per week and combining it with a Trenbolin, Stanazol and Masteron. At higher doses many athletes use estrogen blockers or aromatizing inhibitors like Nolvadex or Arimadex to prevent excess estrogen build up. This also helps to keep the water retention and excess bodyfat build up at bay. Combining Sustanon (or any test for that matter) with Masteron has a double beneficial effect because Masteron is an anabolic agent with a built in characteristic that stops the testosterone from aromatizing. Many athletes have experienced great results adding just Masteron without and other aromatizing inhibitors. Hardcore bodybuilding regimes found Sustanon to be weak on its own and combining it with an Equipoise (Boldenone) 200mg to 400mg per week increases its effectiveness dramatically without significant hepatotoxicity (liver damage).
Although Sustanon with its mixed ester formulation is a so-called “smart testosterone” it is still a testosterone and all the usual side affects associated with testosterone is also evident with Sustanon. At muscle building doses around 500mg and more you will experience water retention and aromatizing effects that will cause gynecomastia. Sustanon will also suppress natural testosterone production.
Because of its high androgenic effects it will suppress hypothalamic regulation of endogenous testosterone production. Usually the natural testosterone levels will return to normal without any PCT (post cycle treatment) after 3 to 4 months. If you have been taking unusually high doses for an extended period it would be advisable to take a PCT in the form of Nolvadex, Clomid and Pregnal.
All anabolic steroids and testosterones can affect your cholesterol by decreasing the HDL (good cholesterol) and increasing the LDL (bad cholesterol). Testosterones usually have a less of an affect on cardiovascular risk factors than synthetic steroids. This is because it gets metabolized by the liver easier and has less impact on hepatic management of cholesterol (in other words the livers ability to regulate good and bad cholesterol by using estrogen). As soon as you block the livers ability to aromatize the testosterone into estrogen the bad cholesterol will increase and the good cholesterol will decrease. Your liver needs estrogen to manage cholesterol. By blocking the aromatizing of testosterone to estrogen totally your physique will look great because you will have less water retention and fat build up but your cholesterol levels will be putting your cardiovascular health at risk.
This kind of negative block of estrogen happens when Arimidex or Letrozole gets added to your anabolic regime. These two substances blocks the estrogen conversion to the extent that it even blocks it in the liver. Nolvadex and Clomid are both an estrogen antagonist and agonist and therefore does not totally block all estrogen but allows estrogen to function in the liver and control cholesterol levels while blocking the estrogen at other receptor sites where water retention is a side effect and gynecomastia occurs.
Synthetic anabolic steroids does not aromatize to estrogen but suppresses the testosterone levels significantly and also suppresses the estrogen levels as a result and therefore influences the cholesterol levels very negatively. Adding a small amount of testosterone to your anabolic regime that aromatizes to a small amount of estrogen with a Nolvadex will give you great results. Studies showed that a 200mg per week enanthate injection lowered the LDL (bad cholesterol) by 16% but with 6mg of Stanazol per day orally it increased the LDL (bad cholesterol) by as much as 29%.
To help reduce cardiovascular strain when taking anabolic steroids it is advised to maintain an active cardiovascular exercise program and minimize the intake of saturated fats, cholesterol and simple carbohydrates at all times. Supplementing your diet with fish oils (4 grams per day) and a natural cholesterol/ antioxidant formula is also recommended.