Testosterone is a vital hormone for most everyone, but men have it in higher quantities and it is this hormone that is responsible for male or masculine traits. Facial and body hair increased muscle mass, a healthy reproductive system are all male traits that indicate a healthy if the not high level of testosterone. Testosterone is also what is known as a naturally occurring anabolic steroid. A high amount can prove hugely beneficial to athletes and bodybuilders. Here we take a closer looks at Andriol, a synthetic version and a steroid that promises many things, but does it deliver?
What is Andriol and How Does It Work?
Andriol is known as Testosterone Undecanoate. Before we go further into what Andriol is, let’s talk about Testosterone undecanoate, because they are essentially one and the same. Andriol is one of several brand names under which this steroid is sold. There are several medical uses for Andriol.
Andriol is a synthetic androgen and anabolic steroid which is normally used as a medication to help treat low testosterone in men. It is also used as hormone therapy. Andriol is the oral version of this and it must be taken several times a day. There are several other testosterone esters but Andriol is perhaps one of the easiest to take because it can be taken orally and injections are not necessary.
Although it was developed for medical use, Andriol and other products like it have become extremely popular in the world of sport and fitness. It is taken by many bodybuilders and athletes to help increase performance and improve physique.
Andriol works in an interesting way. It is absorbed through the body’s lymphatic system. Absorption is made easier because this particular testosterone ester is fat soluble, which is why the oral pills are often suspended in oil. Andriol is interesting because unlike other oral steroids this particular steroid bypasses the liver which means it is nontoxic to the liver.
Once you take Andriol, it travels to the digestive system and absorbs into the small intestine. From here, it then travels through the lymphatic system and then enters the bloodstream. Once it’s in the bloodstream, the testosterone is carried throughout the body and thus contributes all the benefits of testosterone; i.e., muscle growth and other wonderful benefits – we’ll go into the benefits of testosterone in just a bit.
Who makes Andriol?
Andriol is manufactured by an international pharmaceutical company, Organon. It was developed in the 1980’s and is easily one of the most well-known steroids out there for the simple fact that because of the way the steroid is delivered, it is one of the safest steroids available.
Ingredients in Andriol
Andriol has a very short list of ingredients which makes it very easy to understand the function of each one. You know you’re not buying any fillers with Andriol.
Andriol contains the following ingredients:
- Testosterone undecanoate – Andriol contains about 40mg of testosterone undecanoate out of which 25mg is pure testosterone
- Castor oil – This the chosen fat in which testosterone undecanoate is dissolved so that the body absorbs the maximum amount without any wastage.
- Propylene Glycol Laurate – often used in skin care or as an emulsifying agent, this ingredient helps with dissolving the active ingredient into the fat (castor oil), emulsifying all ingredients and ensuring it absorbs into the body like it should
- Gelatine – This ingredient helps with the consistency so that it can be produced as a soft gel capsule.
The substance is perhaps one of the easiest steroids to use as it is taken orally. This means no pesky needles and no risk of infections. It can be taken discreetly without worry of needle tracks.
Andriol offers many benefits if it manages to successfully increase testosterone levels. These benefits include:
- Improved sexual health
- Increase in libido
- Enhanced mood
- Faster metabolism
- Increased musculature
- Enhances all male traits
It is a mild formula which is kind of a double-edged sword, its mildness means that it has few side effects, but it also means that it isn’t enough at its regular dosage to be entirely effective.
Things to Watch Out For
Although the product is perhaps one of the safest steroids out there it might not be a very practical choice. There are several factors about Andriol to take into consideration and when you do, it’s easy to see that dosing and pricing can be a bit of a problem.
Due to the fact that it only contains 25mg of pure testosterone, it is considered very mild. Due to this mildness, very few bodybuilders use it at the recommended dosage and they also tend to stack it with other steroids which can increase the risk of side effects. Since it is mild, those athletes and bodybuilders that do take it to tend to take a significantly higher dose, which even without stacking can lead to a higher risk of side effects.
Side effects include those common ones that are usually associated with high doses of steroids including:
- Aggressive tendencies
- Hair loss (this is an uncommon effect)
- Increased breast tissue
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems
It is also possible to be allergic to Andriol or one of the ingredients which is why it’s important to understand the ingredients and make sure you are not allergic.
The second largest problem with Andriol is probably the expense that goes into it. It is a fairly expensive steroid and the mildness of the dosage doesn’t help, because it means you have to buy more to see some result. The expense alone is enough to reconsider taking Andriol for the risk that you may not be able to afford it in the long term.
Another disadvantage is that even though it is safer and milder than most, it IS meant to be prescribed for medical conditions or hormone therapy at a doctor’s discretion. Andriol is a controlled substance and it might be illegal to procure it without a prescription.
Andriol is also convenient because it is meant to be taken orally but quick research will tell you that to maintain its effectiveness, you would have to take Andriol at least 3 times a day which can prove to be a nuisance, still this is a minor disadvantage but not entirely without merit since some people have trouble remembering to take pills on a regular basis.
The effects of Andriol have been reviewed to be pretty inconsistent with some users reporting massive changes and a lot of success, while others finding almost no help at all. Lymphatic processes can vary from person to person as well as how well the body absorbs things into the bloodstream. This could be the reason behind inconsistent results and reviews.
Is Andriol the same as Anadrol?
This is a very common question and one is often mistaken for the other. While they do have very similar sounding names and many would confuse the two – that is where all similarity ends. They are vastly different from one another.
Anadrol is a bulking steroid that is known to have many side effects and provide dramatic results. This is the steroid most people imagine when they think of steroids.
Andriol, on the other hand, is far milder and is accompanied with fewer side effects – because of this, andriol manages to stand apart from other steroids because of its uncharacteristic nature and method of consumption.
There are very few things wrong with Andriol when you compare them to other steroids, especially one of a very similar name. The side effects are minimal but with the small dosage and high costs, this means you would have to take more and spend more just to see an effect that might be inconsistent.
It is worth a shot if you are considering starting somewhere and can afford the exorbitant costs, then many would recommend you start with it. It might be a better option for someone who is just looking to see better results in the gym as well as increase testosterone levels but not to the point you become a huge bodybuilder.
If you are looking to use it for non-performance enhancing reasons and you have concerns about your dipping testosterone levels, ask your doctor to prescribe it as you may eligible for hormone therapy.
With products of this nature, it is always important to recognize your needs and then weigh the pros and cons accordingly to make a well informed and viable decision for you.
Scott Williams has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Apart from being an integral part of our research team, Scott Williams spends almost every single minute he can get in the gym. He has vast experience in matters supplements, diets, and workouts.