Bones, here’s a study with exactly what I was stating (there’s a chart that I can’t get in here, but you see the literature), now you and I both know that when I refer to “studies” these aren’t double blind ones held in labs but more anecdotal in nature, but unfortunately with AAS lumped into the war on drugs this is what we’re left with. Rather than being combative with what I might put on a board explain to me what I misunderstood or misconstrued so we might get a dialogue going and get to closer to the answer that we’re looking for. For the record I am an Exercise Physiologist and do perform tests at a human performance laboratory all day long, now obviously I’m doing things with VO2 Max, Cardio-Respiratory response, yada, yada, yada, and if I even suggested doing a serious study on AAS in any capacity I would be on my ass in a second through some career suicide.
The only thing we have to go on is anecdotal and connective research and what I stated in this thread is what I have found to be true, but again, my pursuit is sound knowledge so definitely correct me if I miss state something but I’m far from talking bullshit. PM me if you want me to send you some sources so you can check it out and tell me what you think about the research, I think you’re pretty knowledgable so I would like to hear why you do dispute these claims. In the meantime I’ll see if I can scrounge up some more studies. BTW, no animosity coming from me, just explaining to you where this information came from.
In one study, both .5mg and 1mg doses of Arimidex were shown to decrease estrogen by roughly 50%. The 1mg/day dose also increased testosterone levels by 58% (1). In that same study, in both groups, LH and FSH also went up slightly.
Take a look:
Changes in testosterone and E2 concentrations in normal young men (15 22 yr old) before () and after 10 days of oral anastrozole at 0.5 and 1 mg.(1) (This relates to the chart that I can’t seem to get on here)
This would seem to suggest that for use during a cycle, a dose of .5mgs/day would be sufficient to combat estrogen-related side effects. It is, however, important to remember that some estrogen is necessary to obtain optimal muscle growth. The lower estrogen levels provided by arimidex seems, anecdotally at least, to produce a more “hard” and “quality” look for bodybuilders who have experimented with itÂ´s use in either a cutting or bulking cycle.
IÂ´d like to point out that the elevation in Testosterone provided by Arimidex is so large that it can be used as a “form” of testosterone replacement therapy for hypogonadal men (2). Clearly, this suggests its use in a post-cycle-therapy (as well as its previously discussed use within a cycle) to regain natural testosterone levels and full functioning of the HPTA (Hypothalamic-Testicular-Pituitary-Axis).
Literature provided by the original maker of Anastrozole (Arimidex, produced by Zeneca Pharmaceuticals) states that stable blood plasma concentrations of the compound are achieved after a mere 7 consecutive 1mg daily doses. Also, Arimidex is just over 80% effective at inhibiting aromatase (3). Thus, if you want to take it for the entire duration of a cycle of anabolic steroids, you can simply start taking it on the same day you begin your cycle. Those are some pretty good numbers, huh?
But can you use it for the entire duration of a cycle? Is it dangerous? Well, certainly reducing estrogen levels in your body is good from a body building point of view, as it reduces water-retention and the potential for gynocomastia (if thereÂ´s no estrogen in your body, you canÂ´t get gyno, regardless of how much progesterone is floating around)(5). Luckily this stuff is very mild on blood lipids (cholesterol) and doesnÂ´t affect them adversely (2), in the studies IÂ´ve seen.