Steroids are a synthetically manufactured form of testosterone. Therefore, if you want to learn about steroids, you better learn about testosterone itself first. I am not going to bore you with all the lame shit you have read since you were in grade school. You know your body produces testosterone, namely in the Leydig’s Cells in your balls. About 95% is done there. We produce 2.5-11 mg of testosterone per day for males and .25 mg per day for females, on average of course. The more testosterone we have the more protein synthesis happens in our bodies. This means your body can build muscle from the amino acids that are available. Normally we are limited to the amount of lean tissue we can synthesize by the amount of testosterone available, so it makes sense that the more testosterone we have the more muscle building capabilities we have right? Wrong! Actually it is much more complex than that. But basically we will start with the testosterone itself.
Testosterone is chemically represented to the right. This is in its natural form. In this form it is very short lived in our bodies. Its half-life can be as short as 3 or 4 hours. So, if you were to use this bad-boy as your anabolic “supplement” you would be jabbing yourself all day! No thanks! And don’t think you could pass up the needle and go for the easy way out and swallow it, nope, won’t work that way. Your body is efficient at breaking down testosterone before it even reaches circulation in the blood. Your liver does double time to filter out and break it down. It’s kinda funny when you think about it, that last little bit of information is one of those things that sticks in every one’s mind. You can ask almost anyone out there about “oral” steroids, and they will tell you that they are “bad on the liver”. This is true, in most cases. There are some out there that are quite easy on the liver.