Deca Durabolin or Deca as it is popularly known is the most popular steroid and has been so for many years. The compound is Nandrolone Decanoate and is manufactured and marketed under the brand name Deca-Durabolin by pharmaceutical company Organon. This product has been available since 1962 and is known and used extensively for its strong anabolic steroidal properties. Deca Durabolin is a 19-nor anabolic steroid and closely mimics the properties of Testosterone.
In the human body, Nandrolone is the hormone that is responsible for growth. By using Deca Durabolin, users are basically boosting the levels of Nandrolone in the body, which leads to increased muscle growth, red blood cell count, nitrogen retention and hemoglobin levels. All these effects are highly valued by body builders and athletes and Deca Durabolin also promotes quicker regeneration of damaged tissues. It is a very strong steroid and has the longest active life among steroids. As a result, it is also one of the slowest-acting steroids with effects being visible after 4 weeks of administering the drug but this also means that effects can be seen long after the drug is discontinued.
Deca Durabolin needs to be injected for at least 8 to 12 weeks and some even extend it to 16 weeks. The recommended dosage for men is 300 to 400mg per week but this can be bumped to about 600mg/week under strict supervision. The recommended dosage for women is much lower at 50 to 100mg/week as it is moderately androgenic.
Apart from intense muscle growth, Deca Durabolin also has joint relieving effects. Even in small doses for joint relief purposes, it can lead to extraordinary growth in muscle and strength. As it increases nitrogen retention in muscles, increase in muscle tissue occurs with an increase in collagen synthesis leading to enormous build up in strength.
As a very potent anabolic steroid, it has all the negative side effects of steroidal hormones. Testosterone suppression is far greater with Deca Durabolin use than with other anabolic steroids. This is why testosterone supplements must be taken during a Deca Durabolin cycle otherwise the body can become completely testosterone deficient. Water retention is another side effect, but this is comparatively lower than other anabolic steroids. As Deca Durabolin aromatizes to a moderate degree, estrogen related side effects are also produced.
For the purpose of performance and physique enhancement, Deca is usually used by beginners in the range of 300 – 500mg per week. Intermediate users normally do not have to venture above the 500mg mark within that beginner range, especially when Deca Durabolin is stacked with other compounds such as Testosterone and/or another oral compound as a kickstarter. Advanced users should likewise have no major requirement to veer outside this dose range, but should an advanced user require a higher dose to elicit gains, a range of approximately 600 – 800mg or greater should suffice, especially if Nandrolone is the primary anabolic compound of a cycle and Testosterone is simply run as a supportive compound at TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) doses.
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