That’s a very good question… the answer requires getting pretty technical though. Making the products safer than anabolic
steroid cycles while still giving good results
is what we’re doing and a key point of the
First, let’s look at the issue of how safe
is a moderate steroid cycle in the first place?
The highest dose that is medically studied is 600 mg/week testosterone given to men for 10 weeks, reported by Bhasin, Casaburi et al. in the New England Journal of Medicine. This was found safe and effective over the course of the 10 weeks, and according to examinations given after the cycle.
We are only recommending two-week cycles.
Furthermore, we are not increasing testosterone
levels to anything like that seen in the study. Androsol doesn’t work that way. It does give a good increase in testosterone levels but they stay around high normal. In contrast, the 600 mg/week dose increases levels by about 6 times. Even though this was found safe, as we know testosterone is not the safest of the anabolics
because, along with elevated testosterone levels, come elevated estradiol and DHT levels. These can cause adverse side effects and be the real culprits.
Now, it’s not that our T levels are way more
moderate than in the NEJM study but at the
cost of gains being low. Uh-uh. The NEJM study
is not a worthwhile reference for rate of gains – the men gained only 13 lb in 10 weeks – because, IMO, the researchers did not have
the subjects take anywhere near enough protein: only about 0.8 g/lb LBM per day. However we have a lot of experience with guys using Sustanon and the results from the first two weeks of their usually-much-longer cycles. You just don’t get the gains you get from Androsol with less than 2 Sustanons per week (500 mg) and actually Androsol seems to be outperforming
that dosage level of Sustanon by a little bit. But, and this is very important, without the sky-high T levels. And therefore without the
estrogenic and DHT side effects.
Coupled with the fact that we recommend only short cycles, everything I can see is saying that we are taking a much more conservative and milder approach than even rather mild steroid cycles that have been shown to be safe (that is, safe for 10 weeks medically, and from the standpoint of what we find in bodybuilding, safe to do a couple of cycles per year.)
Now there are downsides. Androgens tend to worsen blood cholesterol, but only while you are on them… it rapidly fixes itself. Being on androgens month in, month out, year in, year out would be a very bad idea for cardiovascular health, but occasional use isn’t going to affect blood lipids on average more than rather moderate dietary changes will.
The two-on, four-off programs keeps you “off”
most of the time and definitely minimizes
side effects; T levels are kept high-normal or so and high normal has never been shown to have an adverse effect on healthy men, and the 4-AD itself, while giving good gains, doesn’t aromatize or convert to DHT.
Nothing is perfectly safe and proven to be so
over the long term, but we feel sure that we’ve
made Androsol pretty safe and a pretty big improvement over traditional moderate steroid cycles (let alone heavy-duty ones.)
That’s not a complete answer to your question but hopefully it gives a good picture of how we look at the safety of Androsol.