Andro Stack 850 and AST 4-Diol-250 Prohormones (2002)
With so many variations of prohormones out there,
it's confusing enough as it is, not withstanding prohormones from
different manufacturers, and then you have to deal with all the
Androstene -dione, -diol, 19 nor-, and then there's the -4 dione
and diol, and -5 dione and diol... eeshh... what a jumbled mess!
Our series of articles on Andro and prohormones hopes to have
cleared most of this up for you. Read our Androstenedione
and Androstenediol article here.
With so many brands and types of prohormones,
what should you choose? If you already know what you want (need),
then that's great! But if you're unsure of what you should be
using, read on. You may find this review helpful. We're going
to review two of the more popular prohormone products on the market
right now: Andro Stack 850 from Optimum Nutrition, and AST's 4-Diol-250.
Let's start with the Andro Stack 850 Review.
Andro Stack 850 Review and Information
If you don't already know what Androstenedione
is, then you should read our article
on Androstenedione first. In short, Androstenedione (Andro)
is a direct precursor to testosterone, and this is the basis for
Andro Stack 850. It's called a "Stack" for a reason.
Let's just take a quick peak see what's in Andro Stack 850:
Each Serving of 2 Capsules Contain:
Tribulus Terrestris: 650mg
Ah, so you see, it contains 3 main ingredients.
The first ingredient is Androstenedione. Other 2 ingredients are
DHEA and Tribulus. With this in mind, Andro Stack 850 is
built on the popular DHEA-Andro-Tribulus stack. Let's take a look
DHEA: Unlike Androstenedione
and -diol, DHEA is two steps away from testosterone. It converts
into either Androstenedione, or Androstenediol. DHEA is the most
prevalent hormone produced by the adrenal glands. DHEA has been
shown to help weight loss, and increase the level of testosterone.
However, I'm still a little skeptical on its effectiveness. Find
out why in this DHEA
Tribulus Terrestris: Tribulus
is naturally extracted form the rhizomes and roots of the plant
Tribulus terrestris. Tribulus is a "testosterone enhancer".
It's completely different from DHEA and Androstenedione - it works
by increasing the production of LH (luteinizing hormone), which
helps natural production of testosterone. Tribulus
Terrestris details here.
The combination of this stack has worked nicely
for many people. Instead of buying DHEA, Tribulus, and Andro separately,
Optimum Nutrition put them all together in Andro Stack 850. This
can save you a lot of hassle dealing with just 1 supplement instead
of 3, and at the same time you can save some money. Many users
have had positive gains with Andro Stack 850.
New Update: The FDA ban
on ando (androstenedione) based prohormones are in effects,
and so, you're unlikely to find any androstendione based
AST 4-Diol-250 Review
and Information (4-AD)
Another popular prohormone is AST's 4-Diol-250.
Simply, it's just 4-Androstenediol (also know as 4-AD) and the
250 means there's 250mg in each tablet. Simplicity matters. ;-)
Most agree that 4-Androstenediol would be the best prohormone
available. Simply because 4-diol is the most anabolic of the prohormones.
Compared to Androstenedione, Androstenediol has a conversion rate
of over 15%, almost triple that of -dione.
Now, both products are user proven products
that drives results. Which you choose is completely up to you;
however, what has worked for others may NOT necessarily work for
you. Before you elect to use these prohormones, you should fully
understand what you're using (with our articles) and fully understand
the possible side effects of using Andro. Read about Andro
side effects here.