Nandrolone (all forms) is a 19-nortestosterone (19-nor) anabolic androgenic steroid. The 19-nor distinction notes a structural change to the testosterone hormone, specifically the testosterone hormone lacking the carbon atom at the 19th position. It is this slight alteration that gives us Nandrolone; Testosterone, remove the 19th carbon and a new steroid is born.
Nandrolone is carries an anabolic rating that is slightly greater than testosterone, but possess a much lower androgenic rating. Its androgenic rating is a mere 37 with testosterone’s rating being 100. The decreased androgenic rating is due to Nandrolone’s ability to reduce to dihydronandrolone (DHN) rather than dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This makes Nandrolone one of the most well tolerated anabolic steroids for adult men. Nandrolone possess very little estrogenic activity with an aromatase rate of only 20% that of Testosterone. It is classified as an active progestin and this will play into potential side effects, but they are controllable in most cases.
Nandrolone is an effective and powerful anabolic steroid for numerous reasons with several direct functional benefits. The primary functions of the Nandrolone hormone include but are not limited to the following:
- Enhance Protein Synthesis
- Inhibit Glucocorticoid Hormones
- Promote Enhanced IGF-1 Production
- Increase Nitrogen Retention
- Increased Red Blood Cell Count
- Increase Collagen Synthesis
- Enhance Bone Mineral Content
The effects of Nandrolone, the first five listed are shared by many anabolic steroids. However, the increase in nitrogen retention is far greater with this steroid than most. This is important as all muscle tissue is comprised of 16% nitrogen. That may not seem all that important but retention creates anabolism and a lack of retention enters us into a catabolic state. Then we’re left with the collagen and bone mineral traits and it is these two traits that truly separate Nandrolone from the rest of the pack. It is these two traits that allow Nandrolone to promote joint relief and even pain relief in achy tendons and ligaments to a degree. The recovery factor this promotes is truly tremendous and is one of the reasons and often the only reason some athletes use the steroid.
The functions and traits of Nandrolone are also well-appreciated in medical circles as the hormone has shown positive benefits to many areas of treatment. The Nandrolone hormone is well-suited for the treatment of muscle wasting diseases, fatigue and geriatric weakness. It is also an excellent combatant of anemia. Nandrolone has been successfully used to combat certain forms of breast cancer, life altering for burn victims and can even treat and provide relief from ulcers. The medical benefits continue as Nandrolone has been shown to have a positive impact on treating the developmental retardation in children as well as dwarfism. However, while effective in all of these areas where it has stood out heavily is in the treatment of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, in the U.S. it is not regularly prescribed for this. In the U.S. Nandrolone is primarily prescribed for HIV patients and with a high level of success. It has also slowly grown in use among anti-aging patients who undergo therapeutic rejuvenation plans.