What are Prohormones?
Prohormones are compounds responsible for the production of hormones, they are nothing but hormone molecules which, when released into the circulatory system, are enzymatically modified into anabolic hormones. They have similar effects to anabolic steroids, causing a rapid increase in muscle mass and strength. However, the speed of growth will still be slower. The reason for the limitation of the speed of the effect is the individual conversion of the enzyme. However, delving into the article, you will discover their undeniable advantages.
Why were prohormones even invented?
Prohormones were introduced to the supplement market in 1996 by the well-known American chemist Patrick Arnold, who developed the androstenedione product. It caused quite a stir in the world of sport. It was close and Mark McGwire (baseball star) would have had a lot of trouble with the middle. However, he defended himself with the help of lawyers, because he was using a legal sports supplement at that time. Androstenedione was quickly modified to include several other agents such as Androstenediol, Norandrostenediol, 1-4-androstadienedione, and 5-alpha-androstenediol. Each of them had a slightly different effect on the body. Some were converted into testosterone in the body, while others into anabolic hormones such as Nandrolone, Boldenone, and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
After some time, Patrick Arnold’s Ergopharm company introduced the prohormone 1-AD, which was transformed into a hormone called 1-testosterone. It was also the first prohormone with comparable effectiveness to illegal steroids. With the introduction of 1-AD, the prohormone market has changed drastically. Many supplementation companies (previously aware that the enzyme conversion process meant prohormone was always weaker than taking the right amount of the target hormone they convert) have decided to sell products like 1-testosterone or even more advanced ones. This is how methyl and alkyl agents were created.