Are there steroids in my steroids?
In late 2012 a study was published that analyzed the legal prohormone Antaeus Labs Ultradrol. Ultradrol was believed to be the first ever pure methylstenbolone product, even after a few other brands had previously been released. Up until Ultradrol it was largely believed that the other brands were simply Superdrol, or a mix of superdrol and methylstenbolone. Nonetheless the product was a hit, and although Antaeus Labs discontinued the product long ago a plethora of clones still exist on the market today. As I’ve previously stated, Methylstenbolone is like Superdrol’s legal cousin. But perhaps better because of fewer side effects in users.
The 2012 study in the Journal of Steroids gave four men Ultradrol and measured urinary metabolites. This is a common practice as it allows anti-doping agencies to test athletes and ensure they are not using performance enhancing prohormones like Ultradrol. In the 2012 study, they found Ultradrol peaked 6 hours after consumption (with food), and had a half-life around 9 hours. This half-life is right in line with what is believed to be common for most 17 alpha alkylated prohormones (“methyls”).
Perhaps more importantly than anything else in this 2012 study, was the lack of finding or mention of any Superdrol contamination. For prohormone users this was a sign of confidence the product was in fact pure. It’s nice to see a prohormone company post a Certificate of Analysis (COA), or say “Patrick Arnold tested it for us”, but at the end of the day nothing is as good as a third party WADA accredited lab testing your prohormone and showing it meets label claims.
The Newest Methylstenbolone Study
Just this week a new paper was published in the Journal of Biomedical Chromatography . In this particular paper (funded by an anti-doping agency), they wanted to test the metabolism of Ultradrol in vitro (in human liver cells) and in a mouse model designed to test drug metabolism. In fact the mouse model is actually quite reliable as they depress the immune system of the mouse in order to implant human liver cells (the depressed immuno system prevents rejection of the cells). These methods are cheaper, faster, and safer than using actual men like the 2012 Ultradrol study.
Like many of these metabolism studies, they often test the prohormone for it’s contents prior to the metabolism portion of the study. Unlike the 2012 Methylstenbolone study, which found no Superdrol (a.k.a. methasterone) they did in fact find Superdrol in this sample of Ultradrol. Is this shocking? No, not at all. From my knowledge Antaeus Labs never claimed that it did not contain some superdrol. Many producers of methylstenbolone have stated it’s extremely difficult to get a 100% pure product (most prohormones are not 100% pure). Ultimately this is probably why Antaeus Labs decided to discontinue the sale of Ultradrol in 2012 before the Superdrol ban. Which means two things to me:
- There are several methylstenbolone products still on the market. If you use one (they are popular) do not expect it to be 100% pure methylstenbolone.
- If Antaeus Labs, a company highly regarded for quality control standards, discontinued their Ultradrol it makes me wonder how many of these clones actually contain a controlled substance. This could land sellers of methylstenbolone in a lot of trouble even if a small amount of Superdrol were found in their product.
Of course those are both assumptions on my part, but I believe them to be correct. Of course the authors of this study used the finding to continuously berate nutritional supplements as dangerous. Unfortunately they do not realize that most intelligent prohormone users already believed there to be some superdrol in their methystenbolone, and if not most certainly would not care one way or another. Both are extremely effective prohormones, and superdrol will likely go down in history as the greatest prohormone ever.