01 September, 2011
What Is Halodrol?
Halodrol is a nutritional supplement manufactured by Gaspari Nutrition, a company founded by International Federation of Body Building and Fitness Hall of Fame bodybuilder Rich Gaspari. It is used to increase muscle mass — particularly in the abdomen — and to increase muscle endurance and decrease recovery time after a workout. It is marketed to athletes, bodybuilders and those who wish to have flatter, more muscular stomachs. Studies have shown that Halodrol is not completely safe for human consumption. Consult your doctor before taking Halodrol or any other dietary supplements.
Halodrol is classified as an anabolic steroid and a myotrophic and repartitioning agent because it contains a steroid that is similar to Oral-Turinabol, which was used during a secret sports doping program in East Germany, according to Don Catlin of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory. It also contains Desoxymethyltestosterone, or madol, a steroid that was allegedly developed for Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative to provide professional athletes with performance-enhancing drugs that could not be detected by standard tests.
How Halodrol Works
Anabolic steroids build up tissue in a similar manner to the hormone testosterone. Halodrol is carried through the bloodstream and attaches to muscle-cell walls. It then reacts with the cell's nucleus to stimulate protein synthesis and thus produces new proteins. When combined with a high-protein diet and an intense workout routine, this process increases muscle mass and strength, allows for harder workouts and decreases recovery time after workouts.
The label on Halodrol-50 states that it contains only polydehydrogenated, polyhydroxylated halomethetioallocholane. The chemical descriptor is vague and appears to be misleading, according to Catlin, because it does not mention DMT, madol or other anabolic steroids. It is illegal to sell anabolic steroids as a dietary or nutritional supplement. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began an investigation against Gaspari Nutrition in 2005 with no clear conclusion. Halodrol-50 is no longer sold on the Gaspari Nutrtion website, but it is still available — with the Gaspari label — on several other websites.
Hepatotoxicity is associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids, including significant cholestatic liver injury. Heart disease, depression, increased aggression, stunted height and acne are also caused by anabolic steroid use.
Women should not take Halodrol because the product interrupts the menstrual cycle and causes excessive body-hair growth, deepened voice, massive shoulders and male secondary sex characteristics. Halodrol is also linked to miscarriages.
Product websites advise that the product should not be used for more than 30 days without at least a 90-day break.
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- "The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology"; Metabolism and Excretion of Anabolic Steroids in Doping Control — New Steroids and New Insights; Peter van Eenoo and Frans T. Delbeke; November 2006
- Halodrol-50: Product Information
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