Nandrolone is one of the most popular anabolic steroids worldwide and was originally created to treat malnutrition and certain specific deficiencies in the body. However, it became clear that it could be very effective for enhancing sports performance, and soon began to be used in the world of sports.
The first synthesis of nandrolone was carried out in the 60s by the Organon company, but it began to be discovered all over the world only since 1962. Initially, its first ester was phenylpropionate, followed by nandrolone phenylpropionate, or NPP. Later, the need to increase the ester with a longer half-life for the substance was realized, and thus Deca, whose ester is decanoate. Although there are other forms of nandrolone and other creations, without a doubt, until today Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate) is the best known, best sold and most used.
This substance is used especially in off-season/loose because it increases weight, adds strength and promotes muscle growth. However, it is used in the off-season because it brings effects such as water retention. However, it is widely used in the off-season, as it provides a high recovery rate of the body, so it can have a therapeutic effect and contribute to the adaptive processes of the body.
Benefits of Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin)
Deca-durabolin can bring many positive effects to the bodybuilder and, of course, to the professional athlete. Among them are:
- Increased protein synthesis
Like any other anabolic steroid, Deca Durabolin has the ability to significantly increase protein synthesis. It significantly increases nitrogen retention in the muscles, making the environment much more anabolic. Considering that about 16% of muscle tissue is made up of nitrogen, it is important to keep this level at least stable.
- Increasing collagen levels and bone density
During the use of deca-durabolin (nandrolone), there is an increase in the body’s production of collagen, as well as an increase in bone mineral density. It’s great how we can prevent and even treat musculoskeletal problems. Considering that, especially in the off-season, the use of higher loads is common, this can be an interesting damage prevention strategy. THE nandrolone it was and still is widely used for the prevention and/or treatment of joint damage, tendinitis and others.
- Reduces the level of glucocorticoid hormones
We know that glucocorticoid hormones like cortisol are essential for life and without them we cannot survive. However, high levels of cortisol can be very detrimental to the body, especially because they reduce intramuscular glycogen stores and are also powerful catabolics for muscle mass. Thus, they seek to elevate themselves through intense weight training. Therefore, the control of these hormones is strongly indicated for those who want to achieve good results in increasing muscle mass.
Deca-durabolin, or nandrolone, can reduce the production and secretion of these hormones (which, by the way, cause inflammation and impair recovery in general, as well as weaken the immune system).
- Increase in red blood cells
Red blood cells are primarily responsible for the processes of oxygenation of the body. People with low levels of these cells usually develop anemia. THE Nandrolone not only helps with anemia, but also helps to improve the performance of healthy people, since with greater availability of these cells, better oxygenation of various body tissues is achieved.
- Increased use of nutrients by the body
Used to treat diseases such as HIV or even anemia, Deca-Durabolin significantly increases the use of micro and macro elements by cells, optimizing the nutritional profile of an individual.
- Enhanced Strength
Deca Durabolin, by helping to increase muscle mass and helping to make nutrients and synthesis more available to the body, contributes to a dramatic increase in strength in a short time. Which can make your workouts even more intense.
Deca-Durabolin, as mentioned earlier, is the drug most often used during the off-season due to its characteristics, especially those associated with water retention. Usually used for weight gain in longer cycles, always combined with at least one testosterone. This is because it strongly inhibits the HTP (hypothalamus-pituitary-testes) axis, and if testosterone is not used, you risk sexual impotence, reduced sperm production, and even aromatization.
It can still be combined with other synergistic substances such as Boldenone to make Oxymetholone (Hemogenin) or even Dianabol. However, everything will depend on each person and the individual reaction to combinations. It is not recommended to mix deca-durabolin with muscle-improving drugs such as stanozolol, drostanolone propionate (Masteron) or Primobolan.
A Deca Durabolin is usually used at a dosage of at least 200mg/week two applications per week to keep blood levels stable. When used simply as a prophylaxis for joint damage, doses of 25-50 mg already do a good job of this role. Cycles of taking nandrolone should last at least 8 weeks, as their ether is relatively long. Fewer cycles than this will usually be ineffective for a good increase in muscle mass.
More advanced doses are around 300-400mg per week. However, it is not uncommon for professionals to use doses equal to or even greater than 1000mg per week. However, under no circumstances should this be done by people with little experience. In addition, the combination with an overdose of testosterone will be necessary to maintain the functions of this hormone.
In some cases, women can use nandrolone, but they must be experienced and have completed some previous cycles. However, they should be aware of their virilizing side effects and be aware of the risks they are taking, in addition to the sudden weight gain that may cause some women discomfort. The most common doses among women are usually 25-50 mg per week, only.
In all cases, nandrolone is not used in hypocaloric diets (low consumption of calorias), but also in diets aimed at increasing body weight. It would be inappropriate to use high doses of nandrolone during periods of limited energy. So, remember that this is a steroid that will require a large amount of substrates for its effects to be visible.