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30.10.2014


Of two-dozen designer steroids tested half are crap

If you're a regular reader of this free web magazine you'll know that out there supplements are going around that contain dubious anabolic steroids. They're called designer steroids. Most of the time we know pretty much nothing about their safety, but often they are effective. British researchers published analyses of 24 of these designer steroids in Drug Testing and Analysis. Their conclusion: half of the things contain other ingredients than those listed on the label. Black China Labs is the worst when it comes to messing about with label information.

Designer steroids
Chemists can't stand the term designer steroid. "It suggests that the people who market these substances have also designed them themselves", says Aede de Groot, the author of The Anabolics Book. "That's far too much of a compliment. In reality the makers find the substances in old studies and patent applications. These are a mine of information on forgotten anabolic substances, and often contain a detailed description of how to make them."

The number of designer steroids found in supplements is still on the increase. In the EU they are officially outlawed, in some other countries too, in others not. But legal or not, anyone with a credit card and an internet connection can order them. And maybe you too, dear reader, are a designer-steroid user.

If that's the case, it might be a good idea to take a look at the table below. It's a summary of what British researchers found in 24 of these products. In over half of the cases the contents were different from what was listed on the label...

Shaded = dodgy stuff.


Name

Manufacturer

Should contain (per cap/tab)

Does contain (per cap/tab)

Super Tren-MG

Black China Labs

13-Ethyl-3methoxy-gona-
2,5(10)diene-17-one (25mg)

DHEA (25mg)

Super Tren-MG

Black China Labs

13-Ethyl-3methoxy-gona-
2,5(10)diene-17-one (25mg)

Estra-4,9-diene-
3,17-dione (-mg)
DHEA (21mg)

19-Nor Tren

Tri-City Chemicals

19-Nor-androsta-4,9-diene-
3,17-dione (35mg)

DHEA (16mg)

Tren Bomb

Pharma Labs

17b-Hydroxy-androstan-4-one (10mg)

Methyl-1-Testosterone (7mg)

Super Halo

Black China Labs

Polydehydrogenated, polyhydroxylated halomethetioallocholane (10mg)

DHEA (20mg)

Super Halo

Black China Labs

Polydehydrogenated, polyhydroxylated halomethetioallocholane (10mg)

Methasterone (5mg)

Straight Epi

Black China Labs

2,3a-Epithio-17a-methyletioallocholane-17b-ol (10mg)

DMT (12mg)

Straight Drol

Black China Labs

17a-Dimethyl-5a-androst-3-one-17b-ol (10mg)

Androstenedione (9mg)

Straight Phlexed

Black China Labs

17a-Methyl-etioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (10mg)

DMT (7 mg)
Androstenedione (4mg)

Straight Phlexed

Black China Labs

17a-Methyl-etioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (10mg)

Androstenedione (9mg)

Protodrol

I Force Nutrition

Protodrol (25mg)

See below

Cynostane

AI

2-Cyano-17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-androst-3-one (10mg)

See below

Furazadrol

Axis Labs

5a-Etioallocholan [2,3-c]-furazan-17beta-hydropyranol-ether (25mg)

5a-Etioallocholan [2,3-c]-furazan-17beta-hydropyranol-ether (-mg)

Trenavol-V

Chaparral Labs

Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (50mg)

Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (-mg)

Ultra Mass

APS

19-Nor-androsta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (40 mg)
17a-Methyl-etioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (10mg)

DMT (17 mg)
Methasterone (-mg)

11-Sterone

Competitive Edge Labs

Androst-4-ene-3,11,17-trione (75mg)

Androst-4-ene-3,11,17-trione (61mg)

P-MAG

Competitive Edge Labs

4-Chloro-17a-methyl-andro-4-ene-3,17b-diol (25mg)

4-Chloro-17a-methyl-andro-4-ene-3,17b-diol (-mg)

Furuza-A

Competitive Edge Labs

5a-Etio-allocholan-[2,3-c]-furazan-17b-tetrahydro-pyranol (50mg)

Furazabol (31mg)

Epivol

Chaparral Labs

Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (30 mg)
2a,3a-Epithio-17a-methyl-etioallocholanol (10mg)

Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (-mg)
DMT (36mg)

M-LMG

Competitive Edge Labs

13-Ethyl-3methoxy-gona-2,5(10)-diene-17-one (25mg)

13-Ethyl-3methoxy-gona-2,5(10-diene-17-one (-mg)

X-Tren

Competitive Edge Labs

19-Nor-androsta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (30mg)

Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (-mg)

Epivol Black

Black China Labs

2,3a-Epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol (10mg)

Androstenedione (1 mg)
Methasterone (2.4mg)
See below

S-Drol- 17-Black

Black China Labs

2a,17a-Dimethyl-17b-hydroxy-etiocholan-3-one (10mg)

Methasterone (8mg)


Protodrol
What does Iforce Nutrition's Protodrol contain?
At first the researchers were not able to make out what the steroid was in Iforce Nutrition's Protodrol. But on closer examination they identified the substance as dihydro-DMT, an analogue of the notorious DMT. The structure of dihydro-DMT is shown on the right. As far as we know it's the first time that a lab has detected dihydro-DMT in a designer supplement.

Because we don't have a social life anyway, we immediately looked up dihydro-MT in Julius Vida's Anabolic Agents. It's interesting stuff, we read on page 160 of our well-thumbed edition: about as androgenic as methyl testosterone but twice as anabolic.


Dihydro-MT


Cynostane?
What does AI's Cynostane contain?
The researchers' standard tests didn't help here either. But after doing further analyses the researchers suspect that it's the steroid shown here on the right: the [3,2-d]-isoxazole isomer of androisoxazol. We are just dumb journalists, given to shouting about things we know nothing about, but it may just be that the researchers have got it wrong this time.

6-Bromo-Androstenedione
What else does Epivol Black contain?
According to the label, Epivol Black contains the relatively safe and extremely effective oral anabolic steroid methylepothiostanol (the active ingredient in Epistane), but the standard tests also found small amounts of androstenedione and methasterone (the active substance in Superdrol). Closer examination also revealed the steroid shown above: 6-bromo-androstenedione.



More
Do you want to know more about designer steroids? Buy The Anabolics Book.

Source:
Drug Test Anal. 2014 Oct 6. doi: 10.1002/dta.1728. [Epub ahead of print].

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