Ok that’s what I wanted to know… but now I have another question.
If this is true, and I’m not doubting at all, why are OTC AI’s so popular? i.e. ArimaTEST, Nolvadex, Epistane?[/quote]
There is no logical answer to that question. The “illogical” answer is that the two classes of products are popular with two very different crowds.
Gear users generally don’t bother with OTC supplements. Anything that isn’t hormonal is a waste of time to them (or “snake oil”, as they like to claim even for legitimate, proven supplements). Since they’ve already taken “the plunge”, they distrust anything that is available OTC and would prefer to use prescription drugs for their entire cycle, from anabolics to AI’s to SERM’s.
Regular supplement users typically haven’t tried gear, so they are not used to the types of gains experienced by users. They are, consequently, much more likely to get excited about anything that “works”, even if it produces only a fraction of the gains made possible by anabolics.
On the supplement spectrum, AI’s occupy the high end. They are some of the most effective supplements legally obtainable (not counting PH’s which are just legal anabolics).
But even a high-end supplement does not match the effectiveness of a low-end anabolic. That’s why users of real gear are so disdainful of supplements in general.
Two different crowds with different standards, you see.
However, if there is a parity between OTC and prescription products in any category, it is AI’s. OTC AI’s have been shown to be extremely effective and easily rival their prescription counterparts. Yes, that “snake oil” from Gaspari really does exactly what it says.
And yes, there are mild gains to be had in using standalone AI’s, either OTC or RX. The roid crowd just doesn’t like to acknowledge the efficacy of anything which doesn’t result in 15 lbs. of muscle gain in 30 days.