Below we take an in-depth look into Anavar, to see whether this legal steroid product is a safe and effective alternative for athletes.
Anavar is a legal steroid product that uses plant-based ingredients to affect the body’s anabolic hormone balance. Though named after a potent banned steroid called Anavar, this product actually has nothing to do with this more-famous substance (it is seemingly called Anavar simply to trick customers seeking real steroids into buying it). As with real steroids, Anavar claims to help customers to boost the levels of free testosterone in the body, help gym-goers to push harder in the gym, shorten recovery times and maximise the utilisation of protein.
Anavar is manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, a US-based supplement store based in the USA. Hi-Tech Pharma (as they are often called) are known mainly for their extraordinary history of litigation, having fought long and protracted legal battles with the FTC, FDA, respected university professors, medical authorities and rival companies. The company is currently fighting to overturn the FDA’s existing ban on the dangerous stimulant DMAA, on the basis that it can be naturally derived from plants.
Until this legal point is clarified, Hi-Tech Pharma continue to defiantly sell DMAA-based products, as well as products that contain senegalia berlandieri (a natural source of otherwise banned substances like methylsynephrine).
Anavar contains several ingredients that aim to boost the levels of DHEA in the body. Many of these ingredients are poorly understood, and may inadvertently boost oestrogen as well as testosterone. This could cause men to grow breasts, suffer from shrunken testicles, and experience reduced sperm production. Women may experience facial hair growth, a deeper voice, and hair loss. Other side effects of DHEA (and anabolic steroids in general) include “roid rage”, high blood pressure, growth stunting, liver problems, acne, headaches, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, headaches, and more.
L-arginine may also cause bloating, diarrhoea, stomach pains, respiratory problems, blood problems, and low blood pressure. Quebracho Blanco can cause drooling, dizziness, sleepiness, sweating, and headaches.
A 180-capsule bottle of Anavar costs around $59.95 from most outlets where it is available (including the websites for A1 Supplements, My Supplement Store, I’ll Pump You Up, and Best Price Nutriton). On the official Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals website, the same bottle costs far more ($89.95).
Anavar is a product that does have some proven beneficial effects. Some ingredients should work well to boost Nitric Oxide production, which should help customers to build muscle to some extent. The use of creatine will also help to give customers an important burst of muscular energy in the gym.
However, virtually every other aspect of this product is troubling. Its main purpose is to boost the levels of free testosterone in the body, but it uses a woefully unproven and unclear way of doing this. Anavar uses several different ingredients to boost the levels of DHEA or testosterone in the body, none of which are backed by science and none of which are fully understood. Because of this (and because of the difficulties of getting anabolic enhancers “right”), Anavar could actually inadvertently boost oestrogen levels in the body to the same extent as testosterone. This could lead to side effects galore, as well as creating the opposite effect desired by customers.
Customer reviews are not unanimous in their praise, and many experienced bodybuilders on community forums have reacted to this product with extreme suspicion. The manufacturer, Hi-Tech Pharma, are not known for making good and safe products, and rarely divulge important ingredient quantity information or provide customers with clear returns policies.
To top it all off, the marketing for this product is highly insulting to customers and seems clearly designed to mislead. Most customers purchasing this product are likely looking for the illegal steroid of the same name, and it is obvious that the product only exists as a way to profit off of the notoriety of a completely unrelated substance.
We do not recommend steroids at all, due to the dangers they pose to people’s bodies and reputation. If you are an athlete, stay on the right side of the law and the rules set by sports governing bodies and avoid products like these. Even if they work, they are no good for your body and chances of sporting success in the long-term.
We do not recommend Anavar to our readers.
Anavar is a bodybuilding supplement that claims to help customers to build muscle more effectively (not to be confused with the illegal steroid of the same name). This strong product is a mix of anabolic agents that affect the hormonal balance of the body, all of which should work together to increase the levels of free testosterone in the body whilst reducing the levels of hormones that limit muscle growth (such as cortisol or SHBGs).
Anavar is produced and sold by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, an American manufacturer of various sports, weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals’ website is surprisingly poorly written and hard to understand for an English-speaking company, giving an unprofessional appearance that fails to inspire confidence in the quality of the products. As of 2017, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is far more well-known for its legal battles with American authorities and university professors than for its effective and high-quality supplements. The company can be contacted via the contact details provided on the website.
The directions for use are as follows:
Take 3 tablets in the morning and 3 tablets in the afternoon or evening. Do not exceed recommended dosage as Anavar® is a potent anabolic agent.
The official Hi-Tech Pharma website goes into significant detail about how Anavar works, a useful point of reference for bodybuilders who are often highly interested in the science behind the products they use. Unfortunately, the section covering this is also quite poorly written, making it hard to understand and decipher fully.
Anavar’s most important quality is its reported ability to increase nitrogen retention in the muscle, increase the production of useful hormones such as free testosterone, and inhibit the production of hormones that limit muscle growth (such as SHBGs and glucocorticoid hormones). These changes and refinements to the body’s hormonal balance is intended to have the overall effect of allowing customers to build muscle more effectively.
As with other muscle-building supplements, Anavar is also said to raise the levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body, which has the effect of widening the blood vessels and promoting greater blood-flow to the muscles. Hi-Tech Pharma claim to have a novel approach to the this particular aspect (by inhibiting arginase), leading the manufacturer to claim that Anavar is particularly effective at raising NO levels.
Anavar is also said to stimulate the production of creatine phosphate and ATP in the muscle, which should allow customers to have significant bursts of energy and power that enable dedicated gym-goers to push harder and further than normal.
The supposedly “unconventional” design of the capsules means that Anavar is apparently more bioavailable than the competition, allowing the product to do its work on the body for approximately 8 hours.
Overall, customers are told to expect shorter training recovery times, better muscular endurance, an ability to work harder at the gym, and better protein synthesis. In the end, Anavar promises to help customers build rock-hard, dense muscles.
Anavar contains a number of ingredients that should work to boost the levels of Nitric Oxide in the body and inhibit the production of arginase, all of which should help to widen the blood vessels and improve the flow of blood to the muscles. Anavar also contains creatine, which is known to improve muscle strength and endurance in training.
Plenty of the ingredients in Anavar are still junk, particularly those that claim to boost testosterone. Anavar contains a group of ingredients that all aim to give the body a source of DHEA, which is then supposed to affect the body’s production of hormones. The intended purpose of this is to boost testosterone, but realistically, researchers still have no idea how these chemicals actually affect the body. Customers may end up boosting their oestrogen levels (i.e. the opposite intended effect). In addition, Anavar contains a group of ingredients that were supposedly discovered in Russia, but truthfully have no evidence or research to confirm how they work at all.
Taking Anavar is ultimately a huge gamble; it may be as likely to boost feminine hormones as testosterone and could cause unwanted side effects.
The ingredients contained within Anavar are listed below. Readers should note that the individual ingredient quantities are not listed, which can make it difficult for us to estimate how effective the product is. Those that are listed are correct for 3 capsules of Anavar.
Many of the ingredients contained within Anavar aim to boost the levels of DHEA in the body. As DHEA is an important hormone, messing with it can cause a huge number of potentially serious side effects.
Potential side effects resulting from DHEA use include permanent growth stunting, mood swings up to and including “roid rage”, high blood pressure, liver problems, changes in cholesterol levels, oily skin and acne, stomach upset, fatigue, nasal congestion, headaches, irregular heartbeat, and insomnia. Women may experience a lowering of the voice, hair loss, and the growth of facial hair. Men may experience breast enlargement, shrunken testicles, and reduced sperm production.
L-arginine can cause some side effects including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, blood abnormalities, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure.
Quebracho Blanco has sometimes been associated with drooling, headache, sweating, dizziness, stupor, and sleepiness. In large doses, it can cause nausea and vomiting.
Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. This product can raise blood pressure and interfere with other drugs you may be taking. Talk to your doctor about this product.
Anavar has attracted generally good reviews on the websites it is sold on, with many customers claiming that the product works as expected and with no side effects. On bodybuilding community websites, the reception is far more mixed, with many commenters claiming that the product is wholly ineffective.
I’m a 37 yr old guy who has been working out for the past 16 years. Ive tried many products from pre workouts to few pro-hormones and nothing beats any of them but Anavar. This product is less potent than other pro-hormones and if you use it properly you will see some good gains. After taking this product, my lifts had gone up 40%!! The only side effects I had was the profuse sweating while working out. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to overcome their lifts and break their plateau marks.
Anavar worked out pretty well. Not as good as some other prohormones I have taken, but I did notice a different. More strength and power, as well as some great pumps at the gym. The results I was pretty much expecting. Not sure how to cycle this product, so I just took one bottle which lasted about a month. I would probably take it again.
hi guy i bought this to try as seam there was a lot of hype .i used it to recommended dose and i really cant see or feel any improvement .that taking a caffeine tablet wont produce .the effect a believe is in the mind making you think that it doing something and getting you a bigger harder pump with more reps.but in reality your mind can produce this on its own if you think you can you’ll push that bit more.
I recommend stacking it with a trashcan. This supp is garbage
On the official Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals website, no mention is made of a money back guarantee or a returns policy of any kind.
Anavar can be purchased from a number of online retailers, including the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals website, A1 Supplements, My Supplement Store, I’ll Pump You Up, Best Price Nutrition, and more.
A one-month supply of Anavar appears to cost the same on all websites ($59.95 for 180 capsules), except for the official Hi-Tech Pharma website, where the same bottle costs a whopping $89.95.
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