What is Sustanon?
Controversial as they are, no one can say that they do not provide guaranteed results and while there are definite factors to take into consideration, there is no reason steroid use cannot be responsible. If you do your homework, and avoid and/or are mindful of a few things, there is a good chance that steroids could work positively for you. It is already an unspoken secret that certain parts of the competitive sports world are heavily reliant on steroids to help them go above and beyond, chiefly bodybuilding. It definitely depends on what your goals are. Here we talk about a steroid that has seen a lot of popularity over the years. Taking a closer look, we’ll tell you all you need to know about Sustanon.
Sustanon is one of those drugs that isn’t any one particular steroid. Instead, Sustanon is a mixture, a combination of 4 testosterone esters that combined together, make a fantastic choice of treatment for hormone replacement or testosterone replacement therapy in people with low testosterone among other medical conditions that could require HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy)
The point of mixing four testosterone esters to make an injectable like Sustanon is to provide near instantaneous and long-lasting benefits of testosterone to the body, which helps give that extra edge in terms of gains, workouts and other benefits.
While it was originally developed to provide TRT, Sustanon is also a leading choice for athletes looking to enhance their performance and give themselves and their regimens an edge. While for TRT the recommendation is to take injections of Sustanon once every 10-14 days or more, at the doctor’s discretion, advice and the medical requirement at hand, for athletes looking to enhance performance, it is recommended to take the injectable around every 2 or 3 weeks to keep levels up.
Sustanon is an AAS and an interesting one because while some steroids hare more anabolic and others are more androgenic, Sustanon is equally androgenic and anabolic in a high but effective quantity.
Sustanon works in a few different ways. For one, it works by increasing protein synthesis, enhancing nitrogen retention and producing more IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor -1). Sustanon also increases red blood cell count. Why is this important? An increase in red blood cells means there is more oxygen circulated in the body, this is always a good thing. This drug also suppresses stress hormones that are largely catabolic in nature like cortisol. This means better fat burning ability.
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Sustanon Composition and Different Versions
Sustanon is essentially a testosterone compound which consists of differently sized esters. It is made up of 4 testosterone esters. They are as follows
- Testosterone Phenylpropionate
- Testosterone Propionate
- Testosterone Decanoate
- Testosterone Isocaproate
The main difference between these esters and their combination is that they all have different half-lives and this means that the period over which the effects can be felt last for a certain number of time. By combining different esters it helps create a product that isn’t required to be taken every few days, and the user can easily do it close to 2 times a month and still see impressive results.
There are different versions of Sustanon available, these are:
- Sustanon 100
- Sustanon 250
- Sustanon 300
All three contain the same esters and the only real difference is in the concentrations. Sustanon 250 is the most popular of the three and comes in a 1ml ampule that would need to be injected once every 2 or 3 weeks.
Who makes Sustanon?
Organon is a pharmaceutical company that has been around for a really long time. Having been around since 1913 and at the forefront of a lot of development and provision of many different drugs for a variety of medical conditions, Organon is also well known for its development of steroids.
Founded in the Netherlands, the company enjoys an international reputation is not part of the Schering-Plough Corporation. It has many production facilities across the world including Germany, Ireland, USA, China, Japan, UK and the Netherlands.
Benefits of Sustanon
When it boils down to it, Sustanon is a very straightforward compound. It is pure testosterone, which means for men suffering from low testosterone, your doctor might possibly recommend it as testosterone replacement therapy. It also has some applications in other medical conditions like osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.
In terms of performance enhancement, there are a fair amount of benefits to look forward to, here we look at the main 3 that most people would consider using Sustanon for:
- Putting on Bulk – One of the main reasons for steroid use is to increase muscle mass. Combined with a protein-rich diet, you can be sure to gain a lot of lean muscle mass
- Cutting – The problem with finding the right drug to help with your cutting cycle is to find a product that cuts the fat and gives you a dry, vascular look and deals with any bloating that might occur. More importantly, you want to do all this without losing lean muscle tissue. Sustanon helps with this
- Overall Enhancement – Known to be one of the most versatile steroid compounds available, Sustanon will provide your body with a host of benefits to take you that extra mile including increased strength, better bone density, mental clarity and all the other positive effects that come with a high testosterone.
If Sustanon is stacked and supplemented correctly, there is a good chance of minimizing or avoiding some of the side effects that you would be at risk for.
Things to Watch Out For
Sustanon’s versatility and benefits make a good fit for many people who use steroids are strongly considering it, but like any steroid, there are potential side effects that should be watched out for. All side effects are entirely dependent on how your body reacts – everyone is different after all, so while there potential, not everyone would suffer from the side effects in the same way and to the same degree.
Some of the most common side effects of Sustanon include:
- Water Retention
- Hair Loss and excess body hair
- Drop in natural testosterone
- Problems with sexual health
A lot of these side effects can be curbed with use of an androgen inhibitor to help reduce aromatization where testosterone gets in converted into estrogen.
Another thing to watch out for is perhaps not a big deal to many, but those wary of needles should be well aware that it is an injectable, so careful, hygienic use is of great importance to avoid infections. The compound itself also makes for a painful injection as compared to some other testosterone esters.
While it is recommended to take every 2 to 3 weeks, some users inject at more regular intervals to achieve dramatic effects as soon as possible. This is potentially dangerous and should be avoided because it increases the risk of side effects. Although, to be fair anyone using Sustanon for performance enhancing and not medical reasons is automatically at risk for side effects because you are essentially messing around with natural steroid function in your body. It is better to avoid increasing that risk.
Finally, because it is ultimately a drug and produced synthetically and makes hormonal changes in the body, it is STRONGLY recommended that people with the following problems should avoid steroid use:
- Men with the propensity for high blood pressure
- Issues with high bad cholesterol
- Prostate enlargement sufferers
These above issues could become exacerbated and cause some detrimental effects with continues steroid use.
The balance on Sustanon doesn’t really tip either way because while there are things to watch out for, with careful consideration of your body and needs combining with responsible use, you could consider Sustanon as a steroid that will help you meet your goals.
The one note we would like to add though is that most steroids, including Sustanon, do come with the fact that they are prescription only. If it hasn’t been prescribed to you or isn’t a medical requirement, it is illegal because of the potential side effects it could cause in healthy men due to hormonal imbalances.
The final say on Sustanon is that like any other drug that is taken for performance-enhancing that truly works. It is important to be responsible and work toward your goals in a sustainable manner. This reduces the risk of side effects and offers your body a chance to adjust and grow at a healthy pace albeit somewhat more dramatically than without Sustanon.
Sol Ruiz heads our Research Digest department. He graduated from the New York University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Health.