Contradicting Estrogenic Side Effects in Bodybuilding: The Best Anti-Estrogen Supplements for Steroid-Users

Bodybuilders understand how difficult it is to maintain lean muscle mass. Maintaining lean muscle mass is particularly difficult with an excess of estrogen in the body.

Including estrogen-inhibiting medications, such as Anti-Estrogens, in your workout regimen will help you stay on track and improve your success and outcomes.

Anti-Estrogens are the most efficient method for lowering estrogen while raising testosterone. These supplements offer a variety of benefits, including increased muscle growth and decreased body fat. Give them a try right away!

What are Anti-Estrogens?

Anti-estrogens are medications that interfere with or suppress the activities of estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that regulates the development and maintenance of female characteristics.

Anti-estrogen supplements can help prevent or treat breast cancer, uterine cancer, and prostate cancer. They are also useful in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other estrogen-related diseases.

Anti-estrogens are not available as a prescription medicine in the United States. They must be suggested by a doctor who has assessed that they are appropriate for you.

Anti-Estrogen Side Effects in Bodybuilding

Anti-estrogens may have side effects. Mood swings and emotional instability have been linked to some anti-estrogens. Other side effects have included nausea, headaches, and vaginal bleeding.

Anti-estrogen drugs are not always appropriate for everyone. Anti-estrogens should not be used by women who are pregnant or wanting to get pregnant. Menstrual cycle difficulties, such as painful periods, irregular periods, or no periods at all, have been reported by some anti-estrogen users. If anti-estrogens are used, these problems may worsen.

How Estrogen Affects Muscle Growth and Testosterone Production in Men

Estrogens are hormones produced by the ovaries and other reproductive organs in both males and females.

Estrogens have been shown to have an effect on testosterone synthesis and muscle growth in men.

Testosterone is a hormone produced by both the male and female testicles and the adrenal glands. It is in charge of developing male sexual characteristics as well as maintaining sexual function and virility.

Testosterone increases muscular growth in men. In women, testosterone is required for the development of female characteristics such as breasts, hips, and menstruation.

In males, testosterone is converted to estrogen. This conversion is regulated by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a brain component that generates hormones that regulate bodily functions.

Female ovaries produce estrogen. Estrogen is a female sex hormone that affects a variety of female body activities.

Benefits of Using an Aromatase Inhibitor to Block Estrogen in Bodybuilding

It is crucial to remember that testosterone and estrogen coexist in a delicate equilibrium in the human body.

When there is an abundance of estrogen, it is converted to testosterone. This conversion is regulated by the pituitary gland.

In the absence of sufficient testosterone, it is converted to estrogen. This is why testosterone is required for muscle mass development and maintenance.

Many people are looking for ways to stop their bodies from producing estrogen. There are various advantages to using artificial intelligence to prevent estrogen in bodybuilding.

To begin with, it promotes muscle development. Second, it promotes weight loss, and third, it improves sleep quality.

An AI can be an effective supplement for blocking estrogen and so increasing testosterone, as well as for enhancing the anabolic effects of specialized muscle-building supplements. AIs are easy to use and can be combined with other supplements to boost performance.

Which Types Of Anti-Estrogens Work Best?

Estrogen is a hormone produced by the female body. It stimulates the development of female sexual characteristics, aids in pregnancy, and is good for bone health.

There are three types of anti-estrogens:

Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) are drugs used to treat hormone-receptor positive breast cancer. They block the enzyme aromatase from converting androgens into estrogens. This helps to lower estrogen levels in the body. AIs work by preventing the production of estrogen.

SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators): SERMs are drugs that change the way estrogen behaves in the body. They bind to the same receptors as estradiol (the most active type of estrogen), but their activities are not the same.

Selective Estrogen Receptor Degraders (SERDs): SERDs are drugs that reduce estrogen receptor activation in breast cancer cells but not in healthy cells. SERDs are more effective at preventing breast cancer because, in addition to blocking estrogen, they also block progesterone. SERDs are increasingly used to treat postmenopausal breast cancer patients. They are also being investigated as a possible treatment for endometrial and ovarian cancer.

High Estrogen Levels Can Lead to Poor Muscle Growth

Estrogen is a female hormone that stimulates muscle growth. Women often have lower quantities of this hormone than men. Women, on the other hand, can experience elevated testosterone levels when on estrogen blockers, which can result in muscle building.

High estrogen levels have been linked to poor muscle growth. This hormone is required for muscle growth, and having too much or too little of it might create problems. Some women may want to use estrogen blockers if they want to increase their testosterone levels or lose weight.

Additionally, these drugs can help improve sleep quality. AIs and SERMs are two of the most commonly used estrogen antagonists.

AIs suppress estrogen synthesis, but SERMs bind to the same receptors as estradiol (the most active type of estrogen) but have different effects.

The Benefits Of Using An AI To Block Estrogen

The benefits of using an AI to prevent estrogen are numerous. The following are some of the benefits of using an AI to prevent estrogen:

Muscle Growth: Using an AI to decrease estrogen can lead to increased muscle growth. This is because it reduces the amount of estrogen in the body. This can be beneficial for men who want to increase their testosterone levels or lose weight.

Improved Fat Reduction: Using an AI to inhibit estrogen can help with fat loss as well. This is because it can decrease the amount of estrogen in the body. This can help folks who want to lose weight or maintain muscle mass.

Sleep Improvement: Blocking estrogen with an AI can help you sleep better. This is because it lowers the amount of estrogen in the body, which improves sleep quality.

Side Effects Of Using Aromatase Inhibitors

Some of the adverse effects of using an AI to block estrogen are as follows:

Headaches are one of the most common side effects of using an AI to reduce estrogen. This could be because of the way the brain works. The pituitary gland is a brain area that governs hormone production.

When an AI is used to block estrogen, for example, estrogen production is inhibited. As a result, the pituitary gland no longer produces the hormone. As a result, headaches are possible.

Mood Swings: Using an AI to block estrogen may result in mood swings. This is because it is possible that some people would experience mood swings as a result of using an AI.

Excessive Weariness: Using an AI to block estrogen can result in extreme fatigue. This is because it reduces the production of estrogen in the body. This can be problematic for people who are already exhausted.

Hormones & Bodybuilding

The vast majority of bodybuilders are well aware that medications can help them acquire muscle more quickly. They typically have no notion which steroids to take or what the negative effects will be.

The first type is referred to as anabolic steroids for muscular building. No country has approved these drugs for medical use. They can be administered orally or intravenously and work by increasing the body’s testosterone production.

Many bodybuilders swear by these supplements.

The second group is anabolic steroids for fat loss. These drugs work by blocking the body from generating estrogen. Female bodybuilders love them as well. However, there are some risks involved with using these drugs.

Diet Needs Proper Protein Intake

Protein is the most important component for muscle growth.

Protein is an essential macronutrient that can be obtained in a number of ways. To ensure that you get all of the necessary amino acids, consume protein from a variety of sources. Animal goods containing protein include meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Plant-based protein sources include beans, soybeans, lentils, and peas.

Protein supplements are popular among athletes and individuals who want to increase muscle mass quickly since they provide amino acids without requiring a large number of meals.

Proper Cardiovascular Activity Is Beneficial for Muscle Growth

Proper cardiovascular activity is another important factor in muscle growth.

Cardiovascular exercise, often known as cardio exercise, is any physical activity that helps to strengthen the heart and lungs. It could be aerobic (such as running or cycling) or anaerobic (such as swimming) (like weight lifting). A weight loss cardio training program that includes cardio workouts is ideal for muscle growth.

As a result, you must engage in aerobic activities at least three times every week.

Muscle growth takes time. You should follow a healthy diet to attain the best results. You’ll also need to work on muscle strength. There are many ways to gain muscle growth, including the usage of supplements like protein and creatine.

Muscle building supplements can be purchased from a variety of online retailers. However, you should always with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Why You Should Consider Using Anti-Estrogens For Your Bodybuilding Needs

Anti-estrogens are drugs that reduce the amount of estrogen in your body. This is important in bodybuilding since lowering estrogen levels in the body raises testosterone levels, which boosts muscular growth and development.

Anti-estrogens can help you achieve your bodybuilding goals faster and perform better in the gym.

Obesity to Become Main Cancer Risk

Growing up we always associated smoking with cancer. We’d have the school assemblies to prevent us from lighting up. The packages of cigarettes had images of disgusting gum and tooth disease caused by smoking. And we all knew a relative or loved one that was a smoker and passed away from cancer.

That could all change.

Obesity could overtake smoking as the main cancer risk by 2040 in women and soon after in men.

And with the pandemic this isn’t getting any better. Since this time last year most people have put on a few pounds, are less active and eating more junk food. And when the food delivery services show up in our neighbourhood it’s usually bringing fast food. Combine this with more people quitting smoking and it’s easy to see how obesity will overtake smoking as a greater risk for cancer.

So what’s the big deal with obesity?

Well fat isn’t inert tissue that gets added to the body and has no effects. It doesn’t just sit there quietly but is active. It sends signals to other tissues and organs that affect growth, metabolism and reproductive processes.

When we are obese we are vulnerable to tissue damage and developing tumours. And there are least 12 types of cancer linked to carrying excess weight. Regular exercise is important for cancer prevention specifically breast and colon cancer.

A recent study in the UK involved exercising mice three times per week for 30 minutes. These mice showed lower levels of inflammation, which can lead to the development of tumours. As well, the mice that exercised improved their metabolism, had less fat in their livers and moved more quickly.

In the UK there are 135,000 new cancers per year (about 4 in 10) deemed to be preventable. Exercise can be a great way to reduced the chance of obesity and thus lessen the chance of developing cancer.

Bianchi, A., Marchetti, L., Hall, Z., Lemos, H., Vacca, M., Paish, H., & Wilson, C. L. (2021). Moderate Exercise Inhibits Age-Related Inflammation, Liver Steatosis, Senescence, and Tumorigenesis. The Journal of Immunology206(4), 904-916.

MOTS-c – The Fountain of Youth Protein

When I think of longevity a couple of movies come to mind. Cocoon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button cover this theme in different ways.

Or a quick history lesson takes us back to Ponce de Leon and the search for the fountain of youth.

Researchers at USC may have found the protein that confers anti-aging benefits.

The protein is MOTS-c and is a mitochondrial protein. Mitochonria can thought of as the powerhouse of the cell and are responsible much of our cellular energy. MOTS-c acts by heping promote metabolism amd maintaining homeostasis.

Previous research into MOTS-c has shown that it helps increase insulin
sensitivty and reverse obesity in mice.

In human when we exercise we see the level of MOTS-c is elevated almost 12x and remains elevated for up to four hours post-exercise.

What the research team at USC did was inject MOTS-c into mice of various ages and then measure their speed and agility, among other things. For mice, young is considered 2 months old, 12 months is middle age and old is 22 months.

The researchers injected the mice three times per week and had them perform a running test. The mice would warm-up for 5 minutes at 13 metres per minute. After five minutes the speed was increased one metre per minute for five minutes to reach 18 metres per minute. The mice then ran for up to 30 minutes at a top speed of 23 metres per minute.

What they found is the older mice i.e. 22 months old, were able to keep up and outrun the young and middle aged mice. As well, the older mice were more sure-footed compared to the younger mice.

This is encouraging and it appears MOTS-c may play a role in healthy aging. It helped with the metabolic fitness and physical capacity of the mice in this study. And MOTS-c was also able to reverse diet induced obesity and insulin resistance in mice as well.

While we shouldn’t expect the same results in humans as in mice this is more support regarding the importance of maintaining fitness and training as we age. This will not only allow us to have more years but a better quality of life with the years we add.

Reynolds, J. C., Lai, R. W., Woodhead, J. S., Joly, J. H., Mitchell, C. J., Cameron-Smith, D., & Lee, C. (2021). MOTS-c is an exercise-induced mitochondrial-encoded regulator of age-dependent physical decline and muscle homeostasis. Nature Communications12(1), 1-11.

Yoga – Is It Good for Athletes?

Everything we do with our clients has to serve a purpose.

The foam roll drills and stretches need to facilitate increased mobility. The nutritional plans need to provide the essential nutrients, energy and hydration. And the training plans need to fit the needs, goals and abilities of the individual doing the work.

So I’m always curious as to why people go to yoga?

A quick google search lead me to with the Top 10 Benefits of Yoga. Their list includes:

1. Stress Relief 2. Pain Relief 3. Better Breathing 4. Flexibility 5. Increased Strength 6. Weight Management 7. Improved Circulation 8. Cardiovascular Conditioning 9. Focus on the Present 10. Inner Peace

***I’ll look at 4,5 & 8 below. The rest are fairly subjective and therefore difficult to measure.***

There is no doubt that a number of people practice yoga but I’m always curious as to their reasons? I look at everything that our clients do as being beneficial and purposeful.

And yoga has me perplexed.

Because I hear constantly of the purported benefits of yoga. And especially the benefits it lends to sports performance.

In fact there is power yoga which sounds like it would be perfectly suited to athletes that are seeking more power and to move more quickly.

But power is the definition of the amount of work done per unit time. And work is equal to a force applied over a distance. So you need to move a substantial force quickly over some distance to train for power. Holding bodyweight poses for extended periods of time hardly meets the criteria for power development.

Case in point India has one, count it one, individual gold medal in the history of the Olympics. Ever. And by the way that gold medal came in air rifle. Hardly a sport requiring power. Well, a powerful gun maybe 🙂

In a similar sense to the lack of power development afforded by yoga a similar example can be made for the strength benefits. For these purposes we can think of strength as the ability to develop force. And within strength training there is something called the SAID Principle which stands for specific adaptations to imposed demands. In other words the body will adapt accordingly to the demands placed on it. Lift a heavy weight and the body gets stronger to handle the weight.

The problem becomes that with yoga there is no external load. So the body does not need to become stronger to overcome an external resistance. Further, the load is maintained in a isometric contraction during a pose. In other words the muscles are not shortening and lengthing as they would in running, jumping, throwing or basically in sports.Athletes need muscles that change length and generate high levels of force. Sorry yoga :(

Athletes need muscles that change length and generate high levels of force. Sorry yoga 🙁

So for someone to say they practice yoga for strength and power benefits it lends to sports just doesn’t make sense.

But let’s carry on.

Maybe it’s not for sports performance that someone practices yoga. Yogis love to share the benefits related to flexibity. If the goal is flexibility is this something that is ok to do?

It depends.

I have some concerns about some of the hyper-mobile positions of the body in certain poses. We ascribe to the joint-by-joint approach to training and understand that our structure dictates our function.

For example the lumbar vertebrae have a unique structure and very different function than, say for example, the thoracic vertebrae. The lower segments have a primary function associated with stability and are not meant to move very much, if at all. The upper thoracic segments are more important for mobility and are vital for upper back and shoulder health and function.

Apart from the hyper-mobility that can result from some forms of yoga I’m not entirely sold on the concept of hot yoga. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a good steam room as much as the next person. But let’s use the right tool for the right job. If increased mobility is sought use the best tools to achieve this. The increased extensibility that is achieved from sitting in a hot room is not necessarily maintained after when returned to a moderate temperature room. There should also be concerns of athletes that may become dehydrated from hot yoga as 2% dehydration impairs sports performance.

To read more about some of the potential injuries that may result from yoga check out this article from the New York Times about one of the top yoga instructors in the US who has given up the practice due to his own injuries and these risks.

So if there are minimal training benefits for athletes and potential harm to key joints at the low back, knee, shoulder and neck why is yoga so popular?

Well part of it has to do with the fact it is easy.

Now I am defining easy as something that does not require high levels of strength, power or well developed energy systems. I’ve already covered the limits regarding strength and power development and with respect to energy system development the cells of the body become adapted to the type of activity. To improve your energy systems for cycling you need to cycle. Lance Armstrong won 7 Tour de France races but finished in the middle of the pack during the New York Marathon. He probably didn’t dope for the marathon, right?

So holding static postures is not going to develop the necessary energy systems for hockey, soccer, basketball, football (insert any other sport here) unless your sport is yoga. Then, specificity of training is achieved. And although today when I write this yoga is not an Olympic sport I don’t like the way the IOC is going and I may end up eating my words.

Does this mean I am totally against someone practicing yoga. Definitely not. If they go because they enjoy it I’m ok with that. If they find it relaxing or meditative then go. If they are like some of younger male athletes who seem to have figured out girls like yoga I’m also ok with it. Basically we as a society are under enough stress (sympathetic) and sometimes the thing we need most is to rest, digest and recover (parasympathetic). I’m sure for some of our athletes and clients, yoga serves this purpose just fine.

However if an individual is seeking to get stronger, more powerful, develop their energy systems, move better and become a better athlete yoga is not their best option.

What it comes down to is why are you practicing yoga? If someone can easily answer this and yoga is their best option they should carry on. But when you examine what the best tools are for athletic development yoga may not be one of them.