Oxandrolone Functions & Traits
Oxandrolone is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic androgenic steroid. Specifically, Oxandrolone is the DHT hormone with the addition of an oxygen atom in place of the carbon-2 in the A-ring. This simple alternation dramatically increases the hormone’s anabolic power and prevents if from being metabolically broken down. The hormone is then altered again at the 17th carbon position through the addition of a methyl group. This allows Oxandrolone to be ingested orally without being destroyed by the liver and officially classifies it as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid.
Oxandrolone has proven to hold as originally touted numerous therapeutic benefits. It is most commonly used to aid in weight gain that is necessary after infection or surgery or any other condition that may lead to severe weight loss. HIV and cancer patients can both benefit from this steroid. Oxandrolone has also proven to be effective in the treatment of over exposure to corticosteroids and has a solid track record for increasing bone density in the fight against osteoporosis. Unfortunately, while successfully used in most of the world use is somewhat limited in the U.S. for such purposes. The hormone has also been successfully used in children who lack hormone production and even in the treatment of certain cases of hepatitis.
Simply by looking at the therapeutic benefits of Oxandrolone we should already have at least a slight understanding as to why the steroid is valued by many performance enhancing athletes. Although considered a mild steroid, Oxandrolone’s anabolic rating is more than triple that of Testosterone. This isn’t to say Oxandrolone is as powerful in terms of mass building as Testosterone, but it should begin to give an appreciation for the compound. When we couple this with its low androgenicity, which is part of what makes it so mild, and then we can truly begin to appreciate it.
Oxandrolone possesses many functions that are beneficial but it is in its ability to reduce Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) glucocorticoid hormones and increases in nitrogen retention that make it so valuable. An increase in nitrogen retention creates a more apt anabolic environment where as a reduced one leads to catabolism. The decrease in SHBG promotes higher levels of free testosterone and also frees any and other anabolic steroidal hormones from being bound. Lower SHBG can result in more of a punch from the steroids you’re using. We’re then left with the reduction of glucocorticoids, muscle wasting hormones. These hormones promote fat gain and muscle loss; they literally do the opposite of what you’re after.
Oxandrolone is also known for its ability to increase red blood cell count, which will in turn promote an enhancement in muscular endurance. Some data has shown this steroid may even promote enhanced levels of cardiovascular endurance. Equally exciting is this is one of the only anabolic steroids that can be called a direct fat burning steroid. All anabolic steroids can have a positive impact on the metabolic rate and some are suspected to have some affect on direct fat burning but how much has always been inconclusive. Oxandrolone has been shown to directly promote lipolysis. There are several possible reasons this may occur:
- Oxandrolone binds firmly to the androgen receptor
- Oxandrolone has the ability to reduce thyroid-binding globulin
- Oxandrolone has the ability to increase thyroxine-binding prealbumin resulting in more triidothyronine (T3) being utilized.
Effects of Oxandrolone
The effects of Oxandrolone can positively impact most any phase of performance enhancement. For the off-season athlete any weight gained will only be muscle tissue. Oxandrolone does not aromatize and there will be no water retention, and like all anabolic steroids it cannot promote fat gain. It’s true a man should not expect massive buildups in size or weight due to this steroid’s use, but the gains will be solid and often easier to keep post use compared to some steroids.
Although not a phenomenal mass builder for men in their off-season, with women it’s a different story. Women are far more sensitive to the hormone and will get far more out of it in terms of growth. Further, most women aren’t looking for the extreme gains a man might be looking for. Couple this with the side effect friendly nature that we’ll discuss later on and this is a tough female off-season steroid to beat.
Man or woman, Oxandrolone will help with the overall metabolism, and due to its lipolysis effects you should be able to stay leaner in an off-season with Oxandrolone compared to without. Other steroids being used will also be more potent. However, as great as all that sounds we must consider the cost and for a man there will be better times to use it.
Without question, regardless of sex the best time to see the positive effects of Oxandrolone will be during a cutting phase. Due to the powerful anabolic rating it carries as discussed above, this is one of the best steroids for preserving lean tissue that would otherwise be lost during a necessary calorie deficit that’s in place to lose body fat. If we want to lose fat we must burn more than we consume and this puts lean tissue at great risk, and in time at assured risk. Oxandrolone will provide the needed protective measure. Fat loss will also occur at a more efficient rate with this steroid through both an enhanced metabolism and the direct promotion of lipolysis. And once lean, the effects of Oxandrolone will greatly promote a harder and more defined physique.
Oxandrolone is also appreciated by many athletes looking to enhance performance but who are not necessarily looking to cut or bulk. Oxandrolone has nice strength increasing properties, and because it’s not going to promote mass weight gain it’s a great choice for many athletes. This steroid will enhance recovery, a necessary factor for anyone who undergoes regular physical activity and should also significantly increase muscular endurance.