Are pro-hormones safe?

It is hard to say. Pro-hormones are supplements that are purported to be converted into testosterone or other muscle building substances for the goal of getting bigger and stronger. Very few, if any, have human research to back up their claims or promises. Most are based upon a chemical interpretation or theory. Just because a series of events takes place in the body is no guarantee that oral delivery will cause those same events to occur. A significant number of these products have been associated with liver damage and other negative health side effects. This alone should make one steer clear. If that is not enough, consider this-according to the 2004 Steroid Control Act "steroids and any of their salts, esters, or ethers" are classified as schedule III controlled substances. That means that based upon the law, these pro-hormones are considered illegal drugs unless accompanied by a doctor’s prescription, and the penalty for possession is quite severe.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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