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March 29, 2012
By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
Who’s up for a quick-fix supplement to improve muscle size and
strength, power and endurance? What if we tell you the supplement
could cause confusion, personality changes, baldness, liver damage and
high cholesterol? Would you take it? This is the weigh-up process you
enter into when you think about taking test enanthate.
Test enanthate, properly known as testosterone enanthate or
delatestryl, is an injection of testosterone. Testosterone occurs
naturally in our bodies; it’s a sex hormone produced by our testicles.
Women also produce small amounts of testosterone. We need
testosterone for building bone and strength, helping generate a sex
drive, and assisting the development of our male physical
characteristics. But what happens when we try to boost our
testosterone levels with supplementation? Many men are tempted by
test enanthate, but is it safe? What does test enanthate do and what
are its possible side effects?
What is Test Enanthate Used For?
Test enanthate is used for the treatment of conditions caused by lack of
testosterone, such as hypogonadism, delayed puberty, orcidectomy,
vanishing testis syndrome or bilateral torsion. Women take test
enanthate to treat late-stage breast cancer. All well and good, but why
do men want to take test enanthate when they are not lacking in
testosterone? Because this drug is also reported to increase strength
and muscle size, hence the rush to try it. But test enanthate is a banned
substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules and not ruled
safe for anything other the than treatment of low testosterone
conditions. Should you take test enanthate?
Test Enanthate Benefits: Builds Muscular Strength and Power
Test enanthate is reported to help build muscle strength and power in
health individuals; this is why many men want to try the supplement.
What is the evidence test enanthate works in this way? Several studies
have taken place which rate test enanthate’s abilities to build muscle.
Test enanthate helps improve muscle strength, according to a 2000
study from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los
Angeles. The researchers looked at HIV-infected men suffering low
testosterone levels and weight loss, who took test enanthate at a level
of 100mg a week. Some also took part in resistance exercise. Results
showed body weight and lean body mass increased when men took
test enanthate alone, or took part in exercise without test enanthate.
Men who took test enanthate, who exercised, or who did both
experienced significantly greater muscle strength.
Are the benefits stronger when you also step up your weight training?
The supplement test enanthate helps change muscle architecture,
according to 2001 research from Brunel University, Middlesex, UK,
when it is combined with heavy resistance training. Men took a 3.5 mg
per kg dose of test enanthate once a week for 12 weeks and performed
regular heavy resistance training on the triceps. Results showed that
test enanthate and resistance training resulted in changes to the muscle
architecture that are more commonly associated with high-force activity.
Several studies have shown that test enanthate helps increase strength,
but only after it is taken for six to 12 weeks. Could it act more quickly?
One 2007 study from Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
found the short term use of testosterone enanthate helped build muscle
too – the researchers found improvements after only three weeks
when injecting 3.5mg per kg body weight every week.
The reported benefits don’t stop at muscle growth. Test enanthate is as
good as weight loss at removing abdominal fat, according to a 1995
study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. The researchers looked at 30 obese, older men who took
test enanthate, hormones or placebo.
And according to the results from a 1999 study by Southern Cross
University, Lismore, Australia 3.5mg per kg of test enanthate increases
upper body strength, increases body weight and arm girth, and
improves body composition when combined with weight training, as
opposed to weight training without test enanthate. But this same study
also revealed some health changes that may cause test enanthate users
Test Enanthate Dangers
Test enanthate is not just another body building aid you can buy from
the health store in powder form. The supplement is classified as a
controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990.
What are the reported dangers of test enanthate? The 1999 study by
Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia showed some users
experienced elevated systolic blood pressure, mild hair loss, increased
muscle tightness, mild acne, and personality changes (increased
aggression and irritability as well as more positive moods).
Some people can experience a potentially deadly allergic reaction after
taking test enanthate. The allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and
produces hives, difficulty breathing, facial swelling and swelling in the
throat. Further reported side effects include an ongoing and painfully
increased erection, bone pain, memory problems, confusion, nausea,
increased thirst, increased urination, muscle twitching, stomach pain
Test enanthate can have an effect on the whole body including effects
on electrolyte imbalance and blood cholesterol. A 2012 study from
Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden found a single
500mg dose of test enanthate significantly increased total cholesterol
levels (by 15 percent) two days after the injection.
Be careful if you are taking anticoagulants, corticosteroids, insulin or
other diabetic drugs as they can react with test enanthate and cause
problems. Other dangerous possible side effects include liver damage,
bleeding disorders and cancer.
The bottom line is, test enanthate is not recommended or cleared for
body building purposes or increasing strength. Be careful if you use
test enanthate to increase your strength or the size of your muscles as
you could experience some unwanted side effects. If you’re looking for
a quick fix, try elsewhere.
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