Anavar is a popular anabolic steroid that while often considered mild is quite powerful. The mild classification many tend to give it is due to its extremely high threshold of toleration. Both men and women can normally tolerate this steroid fairly well. In fact, this is the single most female friendly anabolic steroid on the market. This tends to make many men assume the steroid won’t be strong enough for them, and while it’s not a strong mass promoting steroid it can be extremely beneficial to the male athlete when used for the right reasons.
Anavar first hit the market in the 1960’s through G.D. Searle & co. The steroid was reported to carry numerous beneficial therapeutic properties and enjoyed a high level of success. The compound was commonly used to induce weight gain needed post surgery or infection or any ailment that resulted in weight loss. The hormone has also enjoyed success in treating osteoporosis by promoting bone density as well as proving excellent in the treatment of prolonged exposure to corticosteroids. A bit of a unique trait, Anavar has also proven effective in combating hepatitis and has been deemed excellent in the promotion of growth and development among children who lack proper hormone production. However, due to FDA pressure Searle would discontinue the Anavar line in 1989. At this time, almost all Oxandrolone, the hormone that is Anavar, would disappear from the world market as Searle owned most global licensing rights. Six years later in 1995 Bio-Technology General CORP (BTG), now Savient, would reintroduce the Oxandrolone hormone under the Oxandrin name. Unfortunately for the consumer, BTG held a monopoly on the product, and this would drive the price through the roof. Since that time a few U.S. pharmacies have begun manufacturing generic Oxandrolone, primarily Watson Pharmaceuticals, but it remains one of the most expensive anabolic steroids on the market.
An important note – Anavar is the most commonly associated name of the Oxandrolone hormone to date. However, the Anavar name has not been used by any pharmaceutical company since 1989. Any anabolic steroid supplier claiming to have human grade Oxandrolone under the Anavar name is lying to you.
Anavar is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic androgenic steroid. Specifically, this is an altered form of the DHT hormone; it is the DHT hormone with an added oxygen atom replacing the carbon-2 in the A-ring. This structural change prevents the hormone from being metabolically broken down, as well as enhances its anabolic activity significantly. There is also a second alteration of worthy note in that there is a structural change to the hormone at the 17th carbon position through the addition of an added methyl group. This change allows the hormone to survive oral ingestion and officially classifies Anavar as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid. This also causes the steroid to carry a hepatotoxic nature, although relatively mild.
Although often referred to as a mild steroid, Anavar is highly anabolic; in fact, its anabolic rating is 3-6 times stronger than testosterone resting at 320-630 compared to testosterone’s anabolic rating of 100. Unfortunately, its anabolic rating doesn’t directly translate into real life effects making it poor mass builder for most men. However, its anabolic power will prove very useful in cutting and athletic enhancement cycles. Equally important, Anavar carries a very low androgenic rating of 24, which makes the hormone far more tolerable for many compared to many other anabolic steroids.
Beyond its ratings, Anavar carries three primary traits of interest to the performance athlete. Anavar will markedly enhance nitrogen retention in the muscles, which enhances the anabolic atmosphere and greatly protects the individual from a catabolic state. The compound also has the ability to significantly reduce Sex-Hormone-Binding-Globulin (SHBG), which will in turn increase free testosterone levels and allow all steroids being administered to rest in a free rather than bound state. Anavar is also an excellent steroid for the reduction of glucocorticoid hormones, commonly referred to as stress hormones. Glucocorticoid hormones are in many ways the opposite of anabolic steroids. While they are necessary to our health in small amounts, they will promote fat gain as well as destroy muscle tissue.
While the three primary traits of Anavar are beyond beneficial, Anavar has also been shown to be one of the few anabolic steroids that have the ability to directly burn body fat. This is due in part to its ability to bind firmly to the androgen receptor as well as reduce thyroid-binding-globulin and increase thyroxine-binding-prealbumin. Through this action the triiodothyronine hormone (T3) is utilized to a higher degree. It should be noted – some studies have contradicted these findings, but most of the available data strongly supports Anavar promoting direct lipolysis.
As this steroid has already presented numerous beneficial traits, we’re not quite done yet. Anavar has the ability to promote increases in red blood cell count, which will result in greater blood oxygenation. This will in turn promote higher levels of muscular endurance. As a bonus, some studies have shown Anavar also has the ability to promote the enhancement of cardiovascular endurance.
For the male athlete, Anavar is not well-suited for off-season mass gains. Due to its ability to reduce SHBG and promote endurance, as well as in its ability to promote recovery it could be used to enhance a total cycle. However, there are better options and you will not gain a lot of mass due to Anavar use. If moderate increases in size are what you’re after we could make an exception, but most men will not be satisfied with off-season Anavar results.
While it’s not a great steroid for male off-season cycles, it is one of the best for females. Most women are not looking for massive gains, and more importantly, women will be far more sensitive to the Oxandrolone hormone. Due to the high level of toleration enjoyed by this hormone, most women will benefit greatly. The female athlete should find off-season Anavar gains to be very clean and of a high quality nature. As a bonus, she will be able to maintain a lower level of body fat during her off-season thanks to the steroid’s metabolic enhancing effects.
Anavar is an excellent cutting steroid and this will be the primary point of use for most men and women. While it’s an excellent steroid for the promotion of athletic performance, contrary to popular belief almost 90% of all anabolic steroid users supplement for physique effects not athletic competition.
Anavar will greatly preserve lean tissue and strength that is often lost when dieting due to the calorie deficit necessary for fat loss. This will result in a better looking physique at the end as successful dieting is defined by losing fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. If you’re dropping weight but also losing muscle mass this is not a successful diet. Due to the metabolic enhancement and its ability to directly burn body fat, the individual will also find he burns fat at a more powerful and efficient rate. The individual should also find Anavar provides notable conditioning effects enabling him to appear harder and more defined.
Without question Anavar is one of the best steroids for the enhancement of athletic performance. This steroid will boost strength significantly; it may not do so as strong as some steroids, but it will be notable. Then we have the ability of Anavar to promote muscular endurance and possibly cardiovascular endurance and there is no athlete alive who will not benefit from such traits. Greater strength and endurance, these are the two primary keys to all athletic success. As it will not promote large buildups in muscle mass, this also makes Anavar appealing to many athletes.
There are possible side effects of Anavar, but with confidence we can call this one of the most side effect friendly anabolic steroids of all time. In fact, with proper use many adults will be able to supplement without the first problem. To get the ball rolling, estrogenic side effects are impossible with this steroid as it does not aromatize. This makes water retention and gynecomastia impossible with Anavar. It also means blood pressure will more than likely be controlled as heavy excess water retention is the number one cause of high blood pressure among anabolic steroid users.
On the androgenic front, androgenic side effects of Anavar are possible but they are highly unlikely. Men who supplement may incur hair loss if they are predisposed to male pattern baldness, acne if they are strongly acne sensitive and possible body hair growth. However, most men will find such effects highly unlikely. For female athletes, virilization is possible, but again highly unlikely if dosing levels are of a responsible nature. Genetic response will dictate the final outcome, but most women who supplement responsibly should not have a problem. If virilization symptoms begin to show for any reason, such as clitoral enlargement, body hair growth or a deepening of the vocal chords, use should be discontinued immediately. If discontinued at the onset of symptoms they will fade away rapidly. If virilization symptoms occur, use continues and the symptoms are ignored, they may become permanent.
Of the possible side effects of Anavar, the most concerning will revolve around cholesterol. Data has shown that therapeutic doses of Anavar can suppress HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) by as much as 30% with performance doses resulting in nearly 50% suppression. Performance doses may also increase LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by as much as 30%. If you suffer from any cholesterol issues you should not supplement with this steroid. If you are healthy enough for use, while it will take a concentrated effort, healthy cholesterol can be maintained. Daily cardiovascular activity is recommended and your diet should be cholesterol friendly. A cholesterol friendly diet will be rich in omega fatty acids, low in simple sugars and saturated fats. Daily fish oil supplementation is recommended as is the use of a cholesterol antioxidant supplement.
The side effects of Anavar also include natural testosterone suppression. This is not the most suppressive anabolic steroid, far from it, but performance doses will normally result in a low testosterone condition if exogenous testosterone is not included in the cycle. The form of testosterone you choose does not matter, all that matters is you provide your body with adequate amounts of this essential hormone. Women will not need exogenous testosterone due to Anavar use.
The final side effect of Anavar surrounds its hepatotoxicity; like all C17-aa steroids it is hepatotoxic and this will present stress to the liver. Liver enzyme values will increase with use, which while this does not indicate damage it does indicate stress that could lead to damage. If your liver is healthy and you supplement properly liver enzyme values will return to normal shortly after use is discontinued. Thankfully, while hepatotoxic Anavar is one of the mildest hepatotoxic anabolic steroids available. Those who supplement will find protection can be had by following these simple rules:
Standard male performance Anavar doses can vary tremendously. For athletic enhancement 20-30mg per day will provide a boost, but most will be far happier with 40-50mg per day. 50mg per day is suitable for cutting cycles with 80mg being highly effective but increasing the risk of side effects, especially cholesterol related. With 50-80mg per day being the most common needed dose, unfortunately, this can get very expensive. Anavar cycles are normally safe in the 6-8 week range.
Standard female performance Anavar doses will normally fall in the 5-10mg per day range with most all women tolerating 10mg per day extremely well. If more is desired and a positive experience was enjoyed with 10mg per day, 15mg per day can be attempted the next go around. However, keep in mind each increase in dosing increases the risk of virilization. Those who supplement with 20mg per day, especially those who supplement with more than 20mg per day all but guarantee some level of virilization. Most women will never have a need to go above 10mg per day. Anavar cycles are normally safe in the 6-8 week range.