Benefits of Nolvadex in bodybuilding
The male body contains both testosterone and estrogen. These are the most important male and female sex hormones, respectively. But above all, they balance each other. In other words, the more estrogen, the less testosterone and vice versa.
Nolvadex, on the other hand, is aimed precisely at reducing the level of estrogen, which is why the concentration of testosterone actively increases. And not 5 to 10 mg, but 10 to 20 times! True, the drug does not work quickly. Its nominal concentration in the body is reached only after 3-5 days of ingestion, and the recommended course is only 2 weeks (after which a short break is taken and the program is repeated again).
How does the drug work?
When it enters the bloodstream, it binds to estradiol, thus preventing the activation of estrogen receptors when exposed to estrogen. In other words, the body stops responding to the female sex hormone.
In this case, the pituitary gland automatically increases testosterone production. In turn, it speeds up the metabolism, including the breakdown of fat mass, and is also responsible for the absorption of proteins, which contributes to a sharp increase in muscle mass.
The main advantage of Nolvadex is its relatively low cost and effectiveness. And it also prevents the development of cardiovascular disease, cancer of the organs of the reproductive system (testicles, prostate).
In which cases should this remedy be used? In the event that neither diet nor active physical activity helps to accelerate fat loss and muscle growth. Before then, it is still recommended to take a blood sample to determine the testosterone concentration.
Nolvadex should only be taken in cases where it is underestimated (that is, to increase the indicators). If testosterone is at a nominal level, it is better to refuse the drug. It should be remembered that this is conditioned on a steroid and does not stimulate testosterone production.
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Action in bodybuilding
When using such a drug during sports, Nolvadex has the effect of:
- Increases energy performance.
- Increases muscle hardness and relief.
- Promotes a rapid and pronounced increase in muscle mass.
- It has a pronounced anti-estrogenic effect.
- Fights fat deposits, helps reduce fat mass.
- Prevents feminization phenomena.
- Reduces the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
- Improves liver function.
Nolvadex on PCT
It is more effective to use tamoxifen while taking anabolic steroids and not after completing the course. This is evident from several reviews of athletes. This medication does not allow testosterone to turn into estrogen, allowing the human body to maintain a high level of male hormone and a low level of female hormone. This is useful for athletes. But to get the best result, one should not forget to take the drug daily.
Post-cycle therapy is necessary in all cases, regardless of the doses of medication taken. It is performed to:
- the body produced testosterone (this is achieved through the release of gonadotropins in the blood);
- continuous progress in gaining muscle mass;
- changes in the type of woman have not begun;
- the testicles are not shrunk due to lack of testosterone, a male hormone;
- there were no side effects from the medication.
The dosage of the drug in the recovery stage depends on the duration of the steroid cycle. Nolvadex citrate in bodybuilding is used after all anabolics except nandrolone and trenbolone.
Nolvadex treatment for men after a course of 6 weeks:
- 20 days: 20 mg each.
- 10 days: 10 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.
Total amount of Nolvadex: 50 tablets for 10 mg. PCT duration: 30 days.
Take Nolvadex after the course for 8-12 weeks.
- 10 days: 40 mg.
- 25 days: 20 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.
- 10 days: 10 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.
Total Nolvadex : 100 tablets for 10 mg. PCT duration: 45 days.
To monitor the athlete’s condition, it is advisable to perform hormone tests (LH, FSH, estradiol, total testosterone) from the 15th day of PCT and repeat every 2 weeks. Laboratory studies will help adjust the days to take tamoxifen (another anti-estrogen), to minimize side effects during and after the anabolic cycle. It is not worth saving on the amount of medicine, it is better to always keep it in reserve. Also during the recovery period, male bodybuilders may need an aromatase inhibitor.
Nolvadex with other steroids
The course of Nolvadex is associated with the intake of arginine (6-10 g per day), which is maintained in the diet even after the cancellation of anti-estrogen. Dietary supplements with a valuable amino acid help burn fat, build muscle, cleanse the body of toxins, speed up recovery and healing after injuries. In addition to synthetic drugs, you can rebuild the supply of the drug by eating foods that contain arginine: nuts, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, chicken eggs, milk, peas, buckwheat bread.
At the beginning of post-course therapy, a week of rest is performed with a complete absence of physical activity. After this period and until complete recovery, they switch to medium training. It is also necessary to adhere to a sleep plan, supplementing the diet with unsaturated fats, vegetables and seafood. During the entire recovery period, it is recommended to drink vitamin E (400 IU / day).
It is advisable to take Nolvadex with an aromatase inhibitor – this will enhance the effect of the first. A good option is Proviron. It is allowed to take it without, but in this case the effect of tamoxifen will be noticeable after 1-1.5 weeks, not earlier.
Often it is not enough to take tamoxifen alone to achieve an estrogen-fighting effect. The latter occurs in the body during the aromatization of steroids, and the drug described here does not suppress this process, but only blocks the work of the female hormone present in the body. Stopping the ingestion process thus leads to a sharp increase in the amount of estrogen in the blood. To prevent this process, take an anti-estrogen drug in combination with a drug that suppresses the aromatization of steroids. The combination of Tamoxifen with Proviron provides the greatest effect.
Already after 3-4 days after taking the drug (with Proviron), the fat mass will actively decrease. If you follow a diet with an increase in the amount of digestible protein, the muscle mass will also increase, even without physical exercise (but they are highly recommended as they help to speed up the metabolism, where testosterone is involved).
What can be added to the Tamoxifen course? Saturation of the body with minerals and vitamins. You need to pay special attention to: zinc, magnesium, vitamin D, selenium, acetylcysteine. These are the components that will help the bodybuilder to quickly find an attractive figure shape.