Some steroids are notorious for providing killer ‘pumps’. While some people enjoy the feeling, they can be painful (particularly during lower back exercises). Luckily, they can be somewhat counteracted by supplementing with taurine. Individuals concerned with energy and strength while using steroids may incorporate creatine, as well, which helps produce more of the muscles’ main energy source. Additionally, steroids often result in higher blood pressure which is just one of the reasons blood work is important before, during and after cycles. Never start a steroid cycle with high blood pressure. Even so, those on cycle sometimes choose to supplement with various juices such as beet juice, grapefruit and grape juice to help manage it.
In terms of supplementation for liver health, lecithin may be taken in amounts such as 3-7 g/day together with B vitamins. With regard to milk thistle, steroid-induced cholestasis results from reduced activity of the bile salt export pump, and silymarin and silibinin (components of milk thistle) act at this point and can partially block the adverse effects of steroids. However, cheap milk thistle products don’t provide much of these substances. As for liver antioxidants, the problem does not seem to be one of oxidation and I don’t think they make a difference.
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