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By: David Markel, Noah Kaplan, and
Why would any one want
to take a testosterone boosting supplement?
supplements help to build muscle and recover from injury. Most people
taking the drug are looking for a faster way and better way to improve
strength and endurance. Many athletes are forced to take supplements in
order to stay competitive. Boston Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn said,
"Anything illegal is definitely wrong…But if you get something
over the counter and legal, guys in that power hitter position are going
to use them." This logic not only applies to Major League Baseball
power hitters, but many high school athletes.
What is Andro?
a natural chemical found in the body that produces testosterone. This
chemical can also be found naturally in some meat and even some plants.
Androstenedione, also called Andro, can boost testosterone levels when
taken orally sometimes making the person stronger. Andro was first seen
in capsule form in the US in the 1990's. Its popularity has grown ever
since Mark McGwire, the new Major League Baseball home run record
holder, admitted to taking the supplement. The companies that are
selling Andro are making huge profits off the supplement that claims to
increase lean muscle mass 300%. Even though most people who take the
drug don't complain of any side effects at all (according to our survey)
this drug has been reported to carry dangerous side effects. Most Major
League sports have banned the supplement saying it gives athletes a
"unfair advantage". The NBA, the MLB, and the NHL in the US
have not ruled this supplement as "unfair". There are
many questions that remain about this supplement such as the long-term
side effects, and how much muscle is gained by taking the drug. Some drug chains have taken this drug
off the shelf due to fear of long-term side effects. Andro can be found
in some local drug chains and also on the World Wide Web. One person
from our poll explains, "Andro's advantages make up for the side
What about the health
Most of the health risks
for Androstenedione are not known, and the long-term effects are not
known at all.
· Andro is a not steroid
but an androgen,a precursor that requires a chemical change in the body
in order to promote testerone production. However, it can have many of
the same side effects.
· It might convert to the
female hormone, estrogen in males and females.
· Too much Andro can shut
down the production of testosterone in the body.
· In adolescents it is
known to stunt growth.
How does Andro work?
Andro is first
consumed orally. It is then taken to the liver where it picks up
two carbons. The two carbons added to andro is testosterone.
Andro is also already made in your body. The natural
production of Andro is different.
What about Baseball and
For more than a
year St. Louis Cardinals power hitter Mark McGwire has taken the legal
supplement Androstenedione. Many people believe that the drug gave him
an unfair advantage last year when he shattered Roger Maris's single
season home run record. Mark McGwire insists that the drug is legal and
therefore should be a focal point in the media. He said,
"Everything I've done is natural. Everybody that I know in the game
of baseball uses the same stuff I use." However, many other players
have said that they would never a drug as strong as in Andro in fear of
secondary problems. Many of these same players do not denounce McGwire
for taking the drug. Mo Vaughn said, "Anything illegal is
definitely wrong. But if you get something over the counter and legal,
guys in the power hitter position are going to use them." McGwire's
use of the drug has brought it to the forefront and now many people are
taking the supplement hoping for McGwire's success. Many of these people
are teens participating in high school sports. Andro has different side
effects in adolescents.
Note: In the US Andro is now against the law and no longer legal to buy or use.
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