Anabolic steroids are defined as being synthetic derivatives of testosterone.
This information precedes any explanation of these drugs. Synthetic means
artificial or man made. This infers that man has created a complex substance
from a simpler substance by chemical reactions or synthesis. Most anabolic
steroids are made from Mexican Sarsaparilla root. This natural plant is
chemically altered and synthesized to form the active anabolic steroid
ingredients. This is not to infer that the Mexican Sarsaparilla root is an
anabolic substance on its own. It is virtually inert when ingested before this
synthesis has been applied. It would be almost like assuming that since wine is
made of grapes, one could be intoxicated by ingesting grapes. Testosterone is
the primary sex hormone found in men. It is produced primarily by the testes
and controls a great number of metabolic functions. It is an androgen which
stimulates growth in tissues in which it acts, one of them being muscle.
Testosterone has anabolic and androgenic effects. The anabolic effects are
isolated to be the ones which affect muscle tissue directly. The androgenic
effects are primarily responsible for secondary sexual characteristics in men:
facial hair, deepening of the voice, sex organ development and erection, as
well as aggression. The term anabolic instead of androgenic steroid implies
that some effort has been made to alter the testosterone molecular stnictuie so
that the drug exerts more of an anabolic effect than an androgenic effect. If
we want a simplified interpretation of the original definition »anabolic
steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone." we might do so by saying
this: "anabolic steroids are man made copies of a male hormone. The hormone
which makes boys men, and which makes muscle tissue grow."