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What Is Winstrol (Stanozolol)

Posted on07/24/2020 by

Also known as winny mostly by bodybuilders, this steroid is indeed on the fast rise. It is among the list of the top most popular steroids. As a matter of fact, it has gotten a lot of media coverage over the years. It is possible to say that due to the outrageous increase in athletic scandals, Winstrol has generated worldwide attention.

Brief History

Winstrol was developed by Winthrop laboratories, an American pharmaceutical company between the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.The people in the Winthrop lab conceived the artificial formula mainly for medical purposes, in its official medical nature it can be used in the treatment of conditions such as anemia (although not very effective), osteoporosis, and angioedema. But, by far the most popular use for Winny is for sports.

Trying to stay in the market, Winny has come up against some negativity in regards to its use in competitive sports. This is because, it is taken to be a performance-enhancing drug by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and as a result, it goes against the rules and can lead to the disqualification of a player. Medical practitioners will generally not suggest Winstrol to you, even though it is still occasionally used on animals, as long as it continues generating positive results. However, it will take years before Winstrol falls out of popularity again.

How does it Work?

Winstrol is most certainly rare among other anabolic steroids in that it manages to be unaffected by the digestive tract, in addition to being broken down by the liver. Take note, that the parenteral steroid (also known as Winstrol depot) has the same internal structure as that of the oral form. Both types consist of identical Stanozolol hormone. Two milligrams of one form is the same as the same quantity of the other form.

Some studies have proposed that oral Winstrol may reduce sex hormone binding globulin a little more than its injectable other. While others have proposed that injectable forms may be a bit more powerful, on a milligram per milligram basis. However, these appear to be negligible differences, irrespective of the route of administration.

In fact, the individual should be able to receive the same benefits in either form. Winny owes its popularity to the fact that it binds to androgen receptors before it enacts its effect on the body. Thus, having a high affinity for binding to the sex hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), you can have a very high level of Winstrol in your system improving the effects and synergy with other drugs.

Another reason why it is as popular as it is currently is its ability to produce proteins, which makes it particularly suited for building lean muscle mass. This means you get strong and sturdy muscles while losing fat as well, through the illusion of becoming slimmer and generally in shape. In comparison to other anabolic steroids, Winny is incapable of turning into an estrogenic, thanks to its molecular nature. What this means is that there is minimal to no risk of estrogenic side effects, as a matter of fact, there is none. Things like breast growth have never occurred.

Here’s a General Rundown of What Winny is Used For

The improvement of bone mass.

Athletic performance is improved.

It does not cause water retention.

Muscle definition is achieved.

Promotes fat burning.

No estrogen.

Used to promote growth in short children.

Used in the treatment of osteoporosis.

The remedy for angioedema and treatment for anemia.

It also improves endurance, increases red blood cell count and preserves muscles.

As for bodybuilders, it is going to work best for you during the cutting cycle.

Does it Work for Women?

In comparison to other steroids that cannot be used by women due to their high androgenic properties, Winny is not as harsh. This is due to the fact that, it is not the worst for side effects of virilization. Although one thing is sure, women have a very high sensitivity to Winny’s effect, which does make it very productive during short cutting cycles.

Here’s the fact for ladies. If your goal is to bulk up then get Winny off your mind, but if you’re looking for a lean definition, in that it does have potential. Just remember one essential thing ‘stick to low dosage if you want to bring the side effects to a minimum.

Side Effects

The side effects of Winny can occur but is not necessarily observed in all cases. Although the side effects can be controlled, there is an issue of individual responsibility as we all respond to things differently. So it definitely takes efforts on our part to control these effects.

Estrogenic: Winny has no estrogenic effect since it does not aromatize. So it cannot cause gynecomastia and water retentions which connect to low possibility of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is still possible, but this has to do with lifestyle choices.

Androgenic: This is possible, but winny does not produce much androgenic activity. Acne and increased hair loss in those who have male pattern baldness are more likely. While possible, they are actively connected to genetics ones. If you are not predisposed to it, you will not lose any hair. Acne is the same, those who are genetically sensitive to acne will be the first on the list. Keeping one’s skin clean and dry at all times will do one, lots of good.

In order to fight androgenic side effects of any anabolic steroid, many people run to 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like Finasteride but this does not work with all steroids, and it definitely will not work with winny. The mechanism of action of inhibitors like that is by inhibiting the reduction of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. That can only happen when the testosterone hormone is being metabolized by the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, and this 5-alpha reductase enzyme does not metabolize Stanozolol hormone; after all, it is already dihydrotestosterone.

These side effects of winny can also include virilization (body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement) in women. Majority of women can supplement with the Stanozolol hormone without such effects happening, even though they will have to maintain the dose at a rather low level as previously stated. If the quantity taken is minimal, due to the reduced androgenicity, virilization can be avoided.

The issue here is that of individual responsibility. If for any reason whatsoever virilization symptoms begin to show, the drug should be stopped at their onset, and these symptoms will disappear. If you ignore the symptoms and continue to use winny, the symptoms will become irreversible.

Cardiovascular: This of all side effects, particularly cholesterol, carry the highest probability. The Stanozolol hormone reduces HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and increasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Oral anabolic steroids are known for having powerful but adverse effects on cholesterol management, and oral Winny is no different.

As for injectable Winny, it has the potential to carry out the same effect as to other anabolic steroids. Regardless of the form of Winstrol one chooses, the issue of cholesterol will be of great concern. Although Stanozolol can be very harsh on cholesterol, it is still possible to supplement without much damage, but you will have to put in the effort. If you already suffer from high cholesterol, you should stay away from this steroid. If you are healthy enough to use this, it will be vital that you keep a close watch on your cholesterol levels.

To encourage healthy levels, it is also mandatory that one’s diet is rich in omega fatty acids. Supplementing daily with fish oils is not a bad idea, so is reducing saturated fats and simple sugars. You might also want to consider a cholesterol antioxidant formula and always ensure you incorporate a lot of cardio into your routine.

Testosterone: Winny can stop the body’s own ability of testosterone production. Endogenous testosterone will be suppressed with its usage, which is only when used alone, but will not cause complete inhibition of natural hormones. Once winny is stopped, natural testosterone production will resume as normal.

Hepatotoxicity: Winny is a hepatotoxic anabolic steroid as are all other anabolic steroids. However, winny is far more hepatotoxic than Anavar (Oxandrolone), but it tends to be less hepatotoxic than steroids like Dianabol (Methandrostenolone).

Liver enzyme values will be increased when using this steroid. Taking a low dose does not generate much stress, but as the dose is increased more strain is exerted on the liver. It is of importance to remember elevated enzyme levels does not directly results in the damage of the liver, but it is rather a stress indicator. If you do not have a healthy liver, please stay away from this steroid.

If you are healthy enough to use it, limit your total use to an average six to eight weeks, and no other steroids should be used for about two months after the stoppage. When in use, it is also crucial that you stay away from all excess alcohol consumption. Majority will find staying away entirely from alcohol as the best since alcohol affects performance-enhancing substances in the body.

Apart from alcohol, avoiding all over the counter (OTC) medications when possible is advised. Many OTC medications are more hepatotoxic than the majority of anabolic steroids. The use of these medications should only come up when necessary. It is also advisable that you supplement with a liver detoxification supplement during the use of Winny or any steroid.

If you follow these instructions, though enzyme values will go up, if there are no underlying issues, values should return to normal not long after the use is stopped and no harm will be done to the liver. Both oral and injectable Winstrol threatens the integrity of the liver. The only prevention to avoid endangering one’s hepatocytes is to stay clear of all steroids in general regardless of them being oral or injectable.

Overall, Winny is a highly active anabolic steroid when used rightly. If used to promote raw mass you’re going to be indeed disappointed. Although, as a cutting agent, and part of a cutting plan, it is an excellent choice. When it comes to athletic enhancement, it is one of the best anabolic steroids of all time.

While it has some concerns that surround it explicitly, revolving around cholesterol and the liver, these concerns can be managed, if a healthy adult pays attention to all the safety guidelines. I would not call this the safest anabolic steroid of all time, but it is far from the worst. Just use it for the right purposes, with an understanding of your hormones and that mass gains are not everything there is with steroid use, you will find Winstrol is an awesome steroid.


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