It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to call Deca Durabolin one of the most beneficial anabolic steroids ever.
In fact, it is one compound that we like even more than plain old Test.
We have our reasons for this self-proclaimed Deca love.
It has served as a therapeutic agent on more than one occasion. Deca has made Winstrol cycles bearable.
Deca has helped us bulk. It was a staple in cutting cycles as well.
It is often called the nectar of the gods and for good reason too.
Along with Dianabol, it was one of the commonest drugs used by some of the bodybuilders who had the best physiques that we’ve ever seen. Most of them, lived happy, healthy and long lives.
As compared to some of the new age drugs like Trenbolone, Deca is hell of a lot safer.
So it comes across as a surprise when many new generation bodybuilders trash Deca as ineffective.
In the recent past, a lot of myths have also started to float about Deca and the supposed sides that it can cause.
We thought that this would be the right time to throw some light on why this is one of the most underrated anabolic steroids of all times.
Here’s our ode to Deca Durabolin.
Deca Durabolin simplified
Deca Durabolin is the brand name for the Nandrolone hormone with the long acting Decanoate ester attached to it.
While it originally gained popularity as a bulking and a strength gaining steroid, it really shines in a therapeutic setting due to its unique trait of healing and lubricating joints.
Even at its lowest dose, Deca heals joints which has made it very popular with athletes.
That’s not to take anything away from its muscle building properties mind you.
Nadrolone is a 19-nor anabolic steroid that makes your muscles appear hard and full.
When used with Testosterone and Dianabol, it is one of the oldest known bulking stacks in the world.
In fact, many TRT users run low doses of Deca all year round as it helps them add to their muscle tone and strength. And milligram by milligram, it is one of the cheapest anabolics in the world.
Least counterfeited too.
The advantages of running Deca Durabolin
Deca is a very gentle steroid that is reasonably well tolerated in healthy men and even the side effects are easily manageable.
It’s versatility as a steroid allows you to add it to just about any steroid stack, be it a cutting one or a bulking stack or just one tailored for enhanced athletic performance.
Here are some of the advantages of running Deca.
There are many anabolic steroids that improve bone mineral density. But there are only a handful that improve collagen synthesis. Deca is at the forefront. Athletes who participate in any kind of non-professional sporting events can benefit from low doses of Deca. It also increases RBC production which allows you to train harder and longer.
Deca also increases the output of IGF-1, nitrogen retention and protein synthesis in addition to suppressing glucocorticoid hormones. This results in an increase in lean muscle. But Deca is a wet gains steroid. It gives a nice, full look to the muscles. If you are looking for dry gains, then you might have to throw in Winstrol or Masteron to the mix. Deca Durabolin’s effectiveness in preventing muscle loss makes it a great addition to any cutting stack.
Deca Durabolin does provide a reasonable amount of strength gains. But it’s not as dramatic as what one would expect with 17CAA orals like Dianabol or Anadrol.
All in all, we can say that it is the perfect compound for anyone who wants to stay under the radar. And also for those who seek therapeutic benefits all year round without adding too much bulk to their frames.
The risks of running Deca Durabolin
Deca Durabolin has a rating of 37 on the androgenic scale. Further, it breaks down into dihydronandrolone rather than dihydrotestosterone.
Club that with very low estrogenic activity. And you have a steroid with very manageable side effects.
Despite the low estrogenic activity and the low aromatizing nature, Deca Durabolin is a strong progestin, much like the other popular 19-nor steroid, Trenbolone. So, using a SERM during cycle might be mandatory. You also have the option of using an AI. But AIs can be harsh on your cholesterol levels.
Androgenic sides are possible. But the odds are highly in your favor unless you are extremely sensitive to these side effects and are genetically prone to it. In women, only low therapeutic doses are recommended as anything more tends to cause virilization.
Deca is one of the only injectable steroids that tends to skew your LDL and HDL numbers. If you have an oral steroid in the stack, then the risk of this happening increases manifold.
Deca will shut you down completely even at relatively low doses. There have been instances of a total shutdown even with a single dose of Deca. That’s something that must be kept in mind if you plan to use Deca as a standalone drug.
Deca Durabolin Myths
Deca is one of the steroids that gets unfairly maligned these days on messaging boards. Most of the so-called ‘facts’ are nothing but myths.
Here are some of them.
#1 – Deca causes Deca Dick
No. Shut down causes Deca Dick. Deca Dick is a nickname for the lack of libido and erectile dysfunction that can occur when your natural testosterone production shuts down completely. So, always run Deca with exogenous test to prevent this from happening.
#2 – You need to run Deca for up to 16-weeks to get any real benefits
Wrong. Deca can be run just fine in shorter cycles. We have run it for 6-8 week cycles with great results.
#3 – Deca must be run at 400-500mg/week to see results
No. You can get good results at 200mg/week. And the rate of returns diminishes sharply after 200mg. Why would you want to run it at 400 and risk side effects?
#4 – Deca brings the risk of severe water retention and bloat
Utter bullshit. If you are holding water on Deca then it’s time to analyze your diet. Remember that some of the most legendary bodybuilders used to use Deca even a couple of weeks before contests.