What Is Primobolan
It should be noted that primobolan is by no means famed for having
tremendous anabolic qualities
In this section we’re going to provide an analysis of the primobolan formula so that you can fully understand what it is, and how it achieves its desirable effects within the body.
Please note that regardless of the primobolan ester variant (acetate or enanthate) you choose to administer; the positive benefits are going to be universally the same.
Primobolan – A Molecular Analysis
When reviewing primobolan, we have two variants to analyse in order to paint the “full picture” in regards to this product’s overall character “traits” and functionality.
We will first assess the injectable formats (which both share the same structure as the oral format from a theoretical standpoint) before reviewing how the oral version differs slightly from this structure.
Typically speaking, oral primobolan is more popular amongst female users whereas the injectable variant is more popular amongst male users (this is by no means to be taken as gospel, just a general observation of popular usage trends.)
The Base Primobolan Formula
Primobolan belongs to the infamous DHT derivative steroid category. DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and as time goes on, studies are showing that this sex hormone has far more to do with growth than we previously thought.
It certainly plays an enormous part in the male puberty process (it is in fact responsible for developing all “male” characteristics) and it may even play a prominent role in the female puberty process too (as can be observed here.) DHT actually has a much stronger binding affinity to androgen receptors than testosterone, and studies performed over recent years are showing that DHT is likely to be in no small way crucial to the overall anabolic processes of the body.
This is explained by the fact that when DHT pathways are blocked, no matter how high the free testosterone levels of an individual are; anabolism (muscle growth and repair / sustenance) does not take place to a particularly effective degree. Somehow; the two hormones are vital for building muscle, even though we do not understand the intricacies of this synergistic process entirely at this stage. What we do understand however is where DHT comes from; it is literally a derivative of testosterone itself.
When testosterone encounters the 5 alpha reductase enzyme in the body (alpha basically means “male” by the way, and reductase is an elaborate way of saying reduce – this means that the enzyme in question “breaks down” male hormones, although it is for positive benefits), it gets broken down and converted into DHT. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and is vital for an healthy sexual function, which is in turn vital for healthy growth hormone / IGF (Insulin like Growth Factor 1) release.
Both growth hormone and especially IGF 1 are vital for anabolism within the body (the generation and sustenance of tissue), including the muscle cells – this means that testosterone is vital for muscle growth. DHT on the other hand is vital for developing male characteristics including a deep voice, masculine facial features, facial hair and any other aspect of the male body that typically characterises a male as being a male.
Typically, DHT will enter the majority of the organs / cells within the body save for the muscle cells, and testosterone will enter the muscle cells directly as this is a vital part of both its sexual function enhancement process and its respective enhancement process relating to anabolism.
Strangely, any DHT that enters the muscle cells would ordinarily get broken down by the 3 alpha reductase enzyme and converted into 5 alpha-Androstan-3 alpha – it then gets used within the skin and prostate gland. At least, this is usually what occurs when DHT enters the muscle cells, but primobolan is a bit of a different beast altogether. What ultimately makes primobolan its namesake is a modification of the base DHT molecule formula between carbon 1 and 2 positions.
This modification comes in the form of a double bond, thus enhancing the stabilization of the 3-keto group and improving anabolism. This modification also serves to protect DHT from breakdown within the muscle cells owing to the fact that it no longer matches the “target” blueprint that the 3-alpha reductase enzyme is looking for.
Carbon atoms are important for developing proteins as well as pretty much all living matter. Double bonds literally serve to double the strength capacity of the atoms they are attached to. When you combine the two together, it only makes sense that the base anabolism on offer from DHT is going to increase.
The Benefits Of DHT
Interestingly, the anabolic to androgenic ratio of primobolan is 88 / 44. When compared to the “base” testosterone comparison levels of 100/100 – this leads many to believe that primobolan is incredibly weak. What people do not take into consideration is that DHT is actually stronger than testosterone. Some believe up to as much as five times stronger in fact due to its strong androgen binding affinity.
This means that when DHT enters the muscle cells, it is theoretically capable of a much greater degree of anabolism than testosterone without the heightened risk of androgenic side effects in the process. It should be noted that primobolan is by no means famed for having tremendous anabolic qualities, but as with any DHT-derived compound; its benefits in regards to protein synthesis / anti catabolism certainly equate to more than the initial sum of their parts.
What is does have though (at least) is enough strength to sustain lean tissue mass through the retention of nitrogen in the muscles. Being that our muscle nitrogen content is roughly 17%, this is enough to make an enormous difference on a cut. Those who do not supplement with steroids often struggle to keep this 17%, which is to a large degree why they end up “coming in” much smaller than an unnatural trainee at the end of a cut.
When you combine this enhanced mass retention with the other benefits of primobolan, you’ve got a recipe for excellent lean tissue visibility. Speaking of huge benefits, a common positive trait on offer with DHT derivatives (and especially in the case of primobolan) is that their high binding affinity with the androgen receptor means that they have a positive impact on lipolysis (fat burning.)
These base structure features are prominent throughout every primobolan variant you’ll encounter – though it’s worth noting that with the injectable versions, an additional ester is attached to this base formula in order to determine the “digestion” time of the product in question.