Anyone who starts a training routine quickly comes into contact with two things: supplementation and pre-hormones. Today we want to clear up the doubts between the two.
We’ll explain to you what pre-hormones are, how they combine with supplementation (or not), and we also want to detail how to increase the results of your workouts.
So if you feel like you are training hard, but are taking time to get the results you want, this article is for you! Or if you are in doubt whether or not to take pre-hormones, this article will also help you a lot.
So get comfortable and enjoy reading!
First an addendum
First of all, we want to reinforce that this article is not a prescription. All indications of what you need to consume, or not, should be given by a trusted specialist.
Our goal here is to bring you solid information so that you are able to understand about these issues. Then have an evaluation with your endocrinologist and nutritionist to see if in fact you need pre-hormones and supplements.
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What are pre-hormones?
Pre-hormones are dietary supplements that stimulate the body’s own production of its hormones.
They should not be confused with prohormones. Pro-hormones are substances that are converted into hormones by the body, whereas pre-hormones are substances that stimulate the body’s natural production of hormones.
Let’s take testosterone, for example. To produce testosterone the body needs zinc, iron, vitamin D, vitamin C, water, among others.
So, pre-hormones increase the reserves of zinc, iron, vitamin D, vitamin C, etc. And then, by doing the exercises regularly, you will be inducing your body to increase testosterone production.
Pro-hormones, on the other hand, are laboratory-produced substances that, when they come into contact with the body’s natural enzymes, are transformed into testosterone itself. This brings completely different results and can even destabilize your hormonal control completely.
The effect caused by pre-hormones and the consequent higher levels of anabolic hormones result exclusively from a greater natural production of these substances by the body. In other words, your body has taken advantage of the abundant reserves and produced more hormones naturally.
A higher production of anabolic hormones is great for two situations:
- People who want to gain muscle mass
- People who are undergoing post-cycle therapy (PCT).
In the latter case, these supplements will help restore normal levels of hormone synthesis more quickly.
Pre-hormones are natural testosterone boosters. One example of these is Tribulus terrestris, a plant responsible for increasing levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), which in turn is the hormone that stimulates the Leydig cells in the testes to produce testosterone.
How do pre-hormones relate to protein supplementation?
As you already know, protein supplementation is important for acting on muscle regeneration and also for accelerating hypertrophy (muscle gain).
Well, many people question whether it is possible to do a protein supplementation combined with the use of pre-hormones.
The truth is that the relationship between the two types of supplementation is still debated. And unless you are a professional athlete, there are no indications for concomitant use of the two supplementations.
Which supplement to choose?
Although pre-hormones are mostly safe supplements. They still work in a complex area of the body, which is hormone production.
Which can bring side effects, such as:
- Nipple enlargement in men (irreversible).
- Appearance of facial hair in women
- Menstrual cycle deregulation
- Decreased libido
- Erection problems
- Ejaculation problems
- Testicular pain
Therefore, prefer the use of Whey Protein or milk protein supplements, since they act directly on the reconstruction of muscles and do not act on your hormone production.
Use pre-hormones only after a consultation with your endocrine doctor. Thus avoiding hormone deregulation, which not only affects performance in workouts, but productivity throughout the day.
We hope this article has helped you with many of your doubts.
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