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Sustanon is without question the most popular testosterone mixture on the planet. Where most testosterone compounds are single ester compounds, Sustanon 250 is comprised of four distinct esters; four distinct testosterone compounds conjoined into one. Developed by Organon for the purpose of infrequent Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) treatment, while effective it would soon be held as vital to many performance enhancing athletes; after all, Organon has for years manufactured some of the best anabolic steroids on earth.
When it comes to Sustanon’s original intent, the idea was to create a testosterone compound comprised of varying sized esters that would allow for instant testosterone benefits that would be long lasting. Of course, this hope would prove to be successful; in-fact, a TRT patient could actually remedy his low testosterone condition with only one injection of Sustanon 250 every three to four weeks. Even so, due to a mixture of small and large esters, a problem was later discovered; while low testosterone would be remedied, total testosterone levels would rise and fall beyond appropriate or satisfactory means. For this reason, if levels are to be maintained at a more stable level, one injection every teen to fourteen days is probably more efficient, and for this reason, many U.S. physicians often opt for large single ester testosterone compounds like Testosterone Cypionate.
While the original intent of Sustanon was for TRT, this can be an excellent choice for performance enhancing athletes; after all, Sustanon 250 is merely testosterone. Even so, due to the mixture of four varying esters, if levels are to remain not only stable but also peaked at all times, despite large esters being a part of the compound every other day injections are normally recommended. You might be able to get by with three injections per week, but an every other day schedule will prove far more efficient. With all of this in mind, we want to look at Sustanon , what it is precisely, what it has to offer, the side effects associated, and of course, what you can do about them in-order to achieve successful supplementation.
As stated above, Sustanon is a four part testosterone mixture; specifically it is comprised of Testosterone Propionate, Testosterone Phenylpropionate, Testosterone Isocaproate and Testosterone Decanoate. Through this mixture, the Propionate and Phenylpropionate esters represent the small esters and will provide fast acting testosterone benefits while the Decanoate ester, a truly massive ester will ensure the benefits are long lasting; the Isocaproate ester fills the role in the middle. Of course, its not enough for these esters to be conjoined together, in-order for Sustanon 250 to exist they must be conjoined together in a precise manner; otherwise, it is not Sustanon 250.
The precise composition of Sustanon is as follows:
If you come across a product claiming to be Sustanon, if it is not comprised exactly as listed above, if it carries varying esters or even the same esters at different doses it is not Sustanon 250; the above is what defines and separates this testosterone form. As a testosterone compound, in many ways everything that can be said of all single ester testosterone compounds can be said of Sustanon; in the end, it all comes down to personal preference. At any rate, as a pure testosterone compound, Sustanon carries an anabolic and androgenic rating of 100 in both categories, and is a highly versatile steroidal hormone. Identical to the testosterone you naturally produce, Sustanon 250 carries all the sexually related traits and plays intrinsic roles on our sexual and physical health and to a degree even our general state of mind and overall well-being.
A compound that has the ability to greatly enhance protein synthesis, this is important as protein is the building block of muscle tissue and synthesis represent the rate by-which cells build proteins. Further, Sust as its often called will enhance nitrogen retention in the muscle tissue; all lean muscle tissue is comprised of 16% nitrogen, and the more we retain the more anabolic we remain; our anabolic atmosphere is enhanced. While these two factors are primary and important traits, Sust is not done yet. Often ignored but truly valuable is this hormones ability to increase the production and release of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is highly anabolic, a peptide hormone produced by all human beings and it plays important roles revolving around our total recovery; in-fact, IGF-1 will affect nearly every cell in the human body.
Enhanced protein synthesis, nitrogen retention and IGF-1 are all important factors, but Sustanon continues to not disappoint. Through supplementation, red blood cell count is increased, and as red blood cells carry oxygen to and through the blood this results in greater blood oxygenation. Then we have glucocorticoid suppression; simply put, the suppression and reduction of stress hormones. These nasty hormones, cortisol being the most well-known are in many ways the opposite of anabolic hormones in that they destroy muscle tissue and promote fat gain; Sustanon will see such hormones suppressed.
A hormone that aromatizes heavily, like all testosterone compounds Sustanon 250 can lead to adverse estrogen effects. Further, due to its heavy androgenic activity, this is a steroid that cannot be recommended to women or virilization will occur. Absolutely, women need testosterone, and they can suffer from low testosterone, but if therapeutic treatment is needed a single ester compound is easier to control. As for performance enhancement, the doses necessary to promote such performance will always lead to some level of virilization and on this basis other steroids must be chosen; specifically steroids that possess low androgenic activity and low virilization ratings.
When it comes to Testosterone Replacement Therapy, the benefits of Sustanon are fairly straightforward; your testosterone levels are low, Sust is pure testosterone, and through administration the problem is solved. Through supplementation, each and every last symptom of low testosterone can and will be reversed, and as a result, your overall quality of life enhanced. Those who suffer from low testosterone often find their libido is severely diminished and often erectile dysfunction becomes a problem, but these are hardly the only symptoms. A loss of muscle mass and strength is often common as is increased body-fat, and this can all occur despite proper exercise and dieting habits. Further, those who suffer often find their energy levels drained, they become depressed, suffer from insomnia and their immune system weakens; not to mention they suffer from a lack of mental clarity and open the door to many far more serious conditions. When low testosterone is ignored, it has been shown to be a contributor to leading to diabetes, osteoporosis and even Alzheimers disease. Thankfully, if you suffer from low levels, Sustanon 250 can ensure you suffer no more, and the odds of you falling prey to the more serious conditions will be greatly improved.
In many ways, there is a lot of crossover as it pertains to TRT and performance based supplementation of Sustanon, but in this case, were referring to supraphysiological doses. In a TRT plan, we are supplementing with testosterone in-order to bring our levels back to normal, but with performance the idea is to increase them beyond what can normally be achieved in-order for more testosterone to be available to do what testosterone does best. In any case, when it comes to the performance benefits of Sustanon 250, they can largely be broken down into three categories, bulking, cutting and overall enhancement.
As a heavily aromatizing steroid, the primary side-effects of Sustanon 250 will be those of an estrogenic nature as the aromatase process refers to the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. As estrogen levels increase, this can lead to gynecomastia and excess water retention, which can in-turn promote high blood pressure. For this reason, its often advised that the use of an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) be present with the use of any testosterone compound; Anastrozole (Arimidex) and Letrozole (Femara) are always your best choices. By their natural mode of action, AIs will inhibit the aromatase process from occurring and even lower the bodys total estrogen levels; problem solved. It should be noted; Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) can also protect against gynecomastia by binding to the receptors in the place of estrogen; however, they will not inhibit aromatase or reduce estrogen levels. This means SERMs cannot offer protection beyond gynecomastia, and depending on your dosing and overall sensitivity they may not be enough to protect you from that; AIs are the only true answer.
While AIs can offer a lot of protection, and with supraphysiological doses of testosterone they’re often recommended, they can have a negative impact on your lipid profiles as can supraphysiological doses of testosterone to a degree. Its not uncommon to see LDL levels increase and HDL levels decrease, but all hope is not lost. For this reason, it is imperative you do not supplement if you have high cholesterol, but if healthy you should give extra effort into ensuring the continuation of such healthy levels. A great place to start is with the consumption of plenty of omega fatty acids as they will increase your HDL levels, which will in-turn regulate your LDL levels.
Weve already looked at blood pressure and cholesterol, and while prostate enlargement is unlikely with testosterone use, it is possible, and the problem could be exasperated if you already suffer. The testosterone hormone has the ability to convert into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen that causes prostate enlargement, but it takes a massive DHT buildup for a healthy prostate to fall prey. Further, DHT buildups of a massive nature can induce hair-loss in men who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness; however, if you are predisposed you were going to lose your hair anyway.
It must be noted; when it comes to the side effects of Sustanon 250, TRT patients rarely have a large concern; after all, theyre merely replacing, they are not enhancing. With TRT level doses, we are not presenting a hormone we are unfamiliar with or surpassing levels our body is unaccustomed to; once again, we are merely replacing what we are lacking with a hormone we are very familiar with. Then we have adolescent use, and in no way can such use be recommended unless under severe therapeutic need due to the damage it could cause to a fragile and underdeveloped androgen system.