Supplements VS Steroids

All athletes engaged in high performance competitions or simply those athletes who want to mold their insurance body have fallen into impatience, as they want their muscles to grow and develop faster than normal.

It is for this reason that many people especially those dedicated to bodybuilding, the exercises and the diets to lose or gain weight, have put if interest in supplements and steroids to accelerate their muscular growth.

In the last 10 years there has been a significant increase in the consumption of steroids to increase the musculature quickly, likewise, also increased the number of people consuming food supplements.

It is so much the information that we find in the networks, that often people often talk about these substances as if they were the same, unfortunately, they are very different substances.

Stay with us and take note of the differences between supplements VS Steroids, since having information about each will help you make better decisions when consuming them.


They are fat-soluble organic compounds found in the human body in a natural way. These compounds are responsible for:

  • Physical and reproductive development
  • Cellular Regeneration
  • The synthesis of calories

Steroids can be classified into three types:

The famous natural steroids, which are synthesized from cholesterol, specifically in the gonads and adrenal glands. This type of steroids, better known as hormones, are lipids, are fat-soluble and can pass through the membrane of the cells.

For their part, synthetic steroids are also known by the name of anabolic steroids, these are the most dangerous because they are considered as drugs that mimic testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in the body. It is worth noting that testosterone and dihydrotestosterone are responsible for increasing protein synthesis in cells, this, has as an end result the growth of cell tissue in the muscles.


These substances are known as dietary supplements and nutritional supplements, are characterized by being pills developed with the aim of providing the nutrients that a person needs to stay healthy such as:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Fatty Acids
  • Amino Acids

Such is the acceptance of these nutritional supplements that in some countries are classified as food, but for the most part, these supplements are classified as medicines or health products.

Nutritionists recommend the use of these nutritional supplements only to supplement those supplied by food, under no circumstances as substitutes.

According to studies conducted two months ago at the University of Florida, some of these supplements used to lose weight or improve athletic performance have yielded similar results to some types of steroids, best of all is that these results do not They meant any risk to the person who consumed them. Commercially the supplements come in different presentations:

  • Liquid
  • Powder
  • Tablets
  • Capsules

Culture VS. Consciousness

Unfortunately, today, athletes and sportsmen are in a battle enters culture VS. Consciousness, because when it comes to increasing muscle mass, they all look for quick results. These results are achieved in two ways: with steroids or nutritional supplements.

As indicated previously, steroids simulate being hormones, because of this they provide greater resistance. On the other hand, supplements are extracted from the food and used to supplement the diet.

Anabolic steroids are illegal in many countries, so the only way to get them is on the black market, while food supplements are legal and you can buy them at specialty stores.

According to medical cardiologist Nabil Ghoraeyb’s statements, anabolic steroids should only be used in the following cases:

  • Clinical cases of testosterone-deficient levels
  • Cachexia frames (type of acute malnutrition leading to sudden loss of weight)
  • Serious illnesses
  • Severe physical wear after major surgery

For his part, the director of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology, Carmen Asunción assured that culture to physical force has contributed to the indiscriminate use of anabolic steroids to accelerate the growth of muscle mass.

Steroids and serious health problems

There are many serious health problems that people who use anabolic steroids are exposed to. Indiscriminate use of this substance may develop problems such as:

  • Loss of Libido
  • Aggression
  • Thyroid gland dysfunction
  • Liver cancer

In the case of women, the use of this substance may:

  • Put the thickest voice
  • Generate infertility

Compared to the consumption of supplements, it is scientifically proven that they do not mean health biases, although ideally it is under the supervision of a nutritionist.

It is worth noting that supplements in general can be consumed by people of all ages. It may well be consumed by a child with weight problems, by the proteins it contains, as well as an elderly person because of its high creatine content.

Authorities in the area of nutrition have reported that the anabolics that are consumed in some gyms, are smuggled from abroad, it is for this reason that selling and using it is considered a crime.