What is 1-Andro?
This article is primarily about the supplement 1-Andro which is a DHEA metabolite and is legal in the US under DASCA (Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act). The DHEA metabolite 1-Andro undergoes a two-step conversion to the hormone 1-Testosterone. This two-step conversion is what makes it a legal compound.
1-Androsterone is an androgenic sex hormone and is a metabolite of testosterone. It’s a non-methylated anabolic compound whose primary metabolite is 1-Androstendione (1-AD) in the body. 1-Andro is the nomenclature for 1-androstene 3b-ol, 12-one. It is also known as Androsterone. The assumption is that 1-Andro converts to testosterone, which is wrong. 1-Andro converts to 1-testosterone which can boost testosterone levels without the conversion to estrogen. Some of the 1-Andro benefits are actually anti-estrogenic which means it’s a very good compound for adding lean muscle mass or aiding in fat loss.
What are the benefits of 1-Andro?
Due to the boost of 1-testosterone, your body will be able to add lean muscle mass. If the goal is to add mass, a calorie surplus is usually required. But even in a calorie deficit when cutting, this compound can help your body build muscle. Due to the anti-estrogenic effects, your body shouldn’t hold extra water, no bloating, and won’t be like many prohormones of the past which caused a large amount of water weight gain.
The androgenic effects are very potent, meaning you will see gains on this compound. The more in touch the user is with diet and training, the greater the change they should notice. 1-Andro is an excellent compound to either use alone or stack with other anabolic compounds for making even greater progress.
So in short……
- Increases Lean Muscle Mass
- Increases Strength
- Increases Recovery
- Doesn’t convert to estrogen
- No Bloating
- Has a recomposition effect to it (building muscle in a calorie deficit, burning fat while building muscle)
Is 1-Andro Legal?
Sounds like some very good benefits, right? You must be wondering if 1-Andro is a legal supplement. In 2014 is when the big prohormone ban came about and 1-Andro is one of the ingredients not on the list and is the most effective prohormone ingredient left on the market. See the first paragraph in this blog for more info.
Any side effects?
Due to being non-methylated and no estrogenic related increases, the side effects are very minimal if the user experiences any. Non-liver toxic. Gyno cannot occur without the estrogen increase. Males who are prone to baldness should avoid this compound as mild hair loss may occur.
Lethargy is the most common side effect but not something all users experience. Users may also experience a decrease in libido while on cycle. Other temporary health issues are an increase in blood pressure and possible anxiety. Not all users experience these side effects and some can go multiple cycles without having any negative effects. One way to combat these side effects is to stack it with a compound containing Epiandrosterone (Such as Sparta Epimax) as this converts to the male sex hormone DHT.
So in short…..
- Decreased libido
- Hair loss to those genetically prone
- Increased blood pressure
- Painful pumps (supplement with taurine to help)
Running a Cycle
1-Andro cycles can run anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Stretching longer may hinder results and increase the number of side effects. Results can usually be seen fast in the first couple weeks. Fuller looking muscles, strength levels increasing, more muscle definition, and increased aggression.
Cycle support alongside a 1-Andro supplement is highly necessary with any anabolic hormone. Running at the recommended dosage or higher is always best being safe and protect your body. After all, we all got into fitness with the idea of a healthy body. A cycle support supplement would be highly recommended as they will help the body process and deliver all these ingredients while maintaining strong organ and body health.
Post cycle therapy (PCT) will be needed to restore your natural testosterone production. During your cycle, your natural production of Testosterone will slow due to supplementation of 1-Andro. PCT will be required to raise those levels, and also to lower levels of Estrogen and Cortisol. These hormones are catabolic (breaks down muscle) in nature, and failing to suppress them may lead to a severe loss of muscle mass.
Most brands that sell a 1-Andro supplement also sell cycle support and PCT supplements. You can stick to all one brand or buy from a couple different brands.
What are the most realistic gains I can expect from a cycle?
5-10lbs of lean muscle mass with a decrease in 1-4% body fat is very possible while on a 4-6 week cycle. The longer and higher the dosage, the more significate those numbers can change. Results will vary based on the individual’s diet, training, genetics, supplements, and goals.
1-Andro products will be priced rather high. Don’t be surprised if you’re spending $60-80 for a 1-Andro supplement or up to $100 if you’re buying a supplement with a blend of 1-Andro and other compounds. Remember, this is the strongest remaining prohormone ingredient on the market for adding clean muscle mass and enhancing fat loss.
Popular 1-Andro Supplements:
- Sparta Nutrition The 1
- Blackstone Labs Chosen 1
- LG Sciences 1-Andro
- Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals 1-AD and 1-Testosterone (higher dosage than 1-AD)
Popular PCT Supplements:
PSA: you can also supplement your gains during post cycle by taking a natural anabolic such as Black Lion Research Follidrone.