The Benefits of Supplementing DHEA While Off Of Your Steroid Cycle
Cycling steroids defines a user’s use of a steroid for some time and then taking a break from it for a while.
The most common cycle for steroid users is between 8 and 12 weeks, which is followed by time off that will allow your body to go back to its normal, natural, functioning state.
For about half of men, it takes around 10 to 12 months to restore the body's natural production of testosterone levels completely. (The younger the user, the sooner they are likely to bounce back.) However, taking breaks in between cycles helps you to stay healthier and can minimize certain side-effects of steroid use.
During this time (known as a 'post-cycle" period), your testosterone levels will assuredly drop, but eventually, they will return to normal once more, after some time and some Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT). The longer you are off of steroids after a cycle, the better the results can be for your health. During the PCT though, it can be common to lose around 10 to 15% of your gained muscle mass but fear not! There are some things you can do and take to supplement for this.
When combined with a proper, healthy diet and regular exercise, the legal compound known as DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) can be an excellent choice as a supplement for steroid users during their "off-cycle" time.
DHEA aids by reducing your body's fat content while also increasing a lean type of muscle mass simultaneously. DHEA has also been shown to improve workout-related injury recovery rates. It’s also used to improve your physical performance, improve the cognitive skills of the elderly, to slow (or even to reverse) the effects of aging, to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s, to improve sexual health in both men and women, for the treatment of /metabolic syndrome, depression, clogged arteries, and to prevent muscle damage from work-outs.
Taking DHEA can ultimately help your testosterone levels by maintaining them even when during an "off-cycle" period. Supplementing by using DHEA can drastically improve your strength, overall muscle size, and even your power.
A 2013 study that was conducted showed that supplementation using DHEA led to a noticeable increase in thin muscle mass, as well as significant loss of body fat, and even increased the strength in the participants during back-squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.
Another study done on DHEA with rats showed that DHEA could reduce not only the user's weight but also their appetite. In the study, the rats were given a fatty diet but were administered DHEA supplements daily for eight weeks. Despite the consumption of the high-fat foods that they were being fed, the rats showed significant amounts of weight loss due to the DHEA. (This effect was the same even for rats and mice who were genetically predisposed for obesity.)
Overall, DHEA could be the answer for you if you are looking for a good supplement for your health during your "off-cycle" periods of steroid use and can provide many valuable benefits and excellent results regarding strength, weight, muscle mass, and more.
'Long-Term Administration of Dehydroepiandrosterone Accelerates Glucose Catabolism via Activation of PI3K/Akt-PFK-2 Signaling Pathway in Rats Fed a High-Fat Diet’ - Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China.