Androstenedione Body Building Enhancers

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On September 7, 1998, history was made. Mark McGwire, the St.

Louis Cardinals’ "hot hitter," hit his sixty-second home run of the season, surpassing Roger Maris’ thirty-seven year legend. Somehow, as with most events in the public’s eye,

controversy surrounding McGwire and his great feat has been brought into the spotlight.

The week before McGwire hit the record-breaking home run, he candidly admitted to the

regular use of the testosterone enhancing supplement androstenedione. Since then, the

controversy encompassing this supplement has been exciting. However, before one can

make an educated decision about androstenedione, one must investigate it more deeply.

These days, everyone has something to say about everything, and a controversial issue

such as androstenedione is no exception. The profound interest surrounding the

supplement has made it an issue recognized world wide; it has become the hot topic of

every newspaper, magazine, and sports broadcast. Through the booming technology

surrounding us, this information is only as far as the keyboard; through the World Wide Web the world is literally at one’s fingertips.

Andro-what?

Androstenedione is a "natural steroid hormone found in all animals (meat) as well as some plants (extracts). It is a metabolite of DHEA that serves as a direct precursor (one step removed) in the bio-synthesis of testosterone. In all mammals, androstenedione is produced in the gonads and adrenal glands"

(http://www.smartbasic.com/cat.supplements/andro.50.cat.html). It should be noted that this exact definition, word for word, was encountered in every piece of literature researched.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone made by the adrenal glands used by the

body to make male and female hormones (http://www.getbig.com/glossary/g-nut-1.htm). One

characteristic agreed upon by researchers is its ability to alter the natural levels of

testosterone found in the body’s blood stream, but the degree of which is still in debate. It is an over-the-counter, entirely legal supplement that can be purchased at almost any nutrition center or gym. However, androstenedione is not a vitamin, a mineral or a protein; it has yet to be classified. That much everyone seems to agree on; it is only upon deeper examination that the picture becomes unclear, controversial, and somewhat muddled. What are the physical effects when the supplement is taken? Is there more hype surrounding androstenedione than needs to be? As with much else, there are two sides to every story.

Unanswered Promises

The first view under the magnifying glass is that of the suppliers and consumers.

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