The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a video back in 2009 warning about the adverse health effects of bodybuilding supplements which are being marketed as dietary supplements. As stated in the video, these are actually not dietary supplements but are drugs which contain steroids or steroid-like ingredients which were not approved by the FDA.
What are the negative side effects of these products, you ask? FDA has the answer for you:
Adverse event reports received by FDA for body building products that are labeled to contain steroids or steroid alternatives involve men (ages 22-55) and include cases of serious liver injury, stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lung). Acute liver injury is known to be a possible harmful effect of using anabolic steroid-containing products. In addition, anabolic steroids may cause other serious long-term adverse health consequences in men, women, and children. These include shrinkage of the testes and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, short stature in children, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
If those side effects do not scare you to avoid these drugs, we don’t know what will. Shrunken testes? Ewww! Breast enlargement among men? Double ewwww! Why some guys would rather have small balls and large womanly breasts in exchange for big muscles is beyond us. It is even more perplexing if you consider the fact that you can actually build your muscles without having to take in this potentially dangerous drugs. Do it the hard old fashioned way, baby!
Anyhoo, these are some of the products which are being illegally marketed according to the FDA:
- TREN-Xtreme: 19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17 dione, marketed as “similar to Trenbolone”
- MASS Xtreme: 17α-methyl-etioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol, marketed as “similar to Methyl Testosterone”
- ESTRO Xtreme: 4-hydroxyandrostenedione (4-OHA)
- AH-89-Xtreme: 5α-androstano[3,2-c]pyrazole-3-one-17β-ol-THP-ether, marketed as “similar to Stanozolol”
- HMG Xtreme: 2α,3α-epithio-17α-methyl-17β-hydroxy-5α-etioallocholane
- MMA-3 Xtreme: Androsta-1,4-dien-3,17-dione, marketed as “similar to Boldenone (Equipoise)”
- VNS-9 Xtreme: 17α-methyl-4-chloro-androsta-1,4-diene-3β,17β-diol, marketed as “similar to Turinabol”
- TT-40-Xtreme: 1-androsterone, marketed as “very similar to 1-Testosterone” and “converts to 1-Testosterone”