Clenbuterol is the steroid that’s not a steroid. It’s an illegal performance enhancing drug used by bodybuilders and athletes – just like steroids – but the way it actually operates is somewhat different.
And at the same time, the side effects are also different than the side effects associated with anabolic steroids.
That’s not to say that it’s safe though – just that it opens you up to a whole slew of completely new things that can go wrong.
Read on to find out..
Clenbuterol is used primarily to increase fat burning by increasing the metabolism. This is already somewhat different from a steroid that works to increase testosterone and thereby enhance anabolism.
To drive the metabolism up, Clenbuterol stimulates the btea-2 receptors.
This causes the mitochondria in your cells to release more heat, providing you with more energy and at the same time enhancing weight loss.
If you’ve ever heard of the anti-anxiety medications called ‘beta blockers’, then a simple explanation is that Clenbuterol does the opposite of these.
So whereas beta blockers slow you down and prevent your mind from racing, Clenbuterol speeds you up and works somewhat like an amphetamine.
Clenbuterol also leads to extra muscle gains, though the exact cause of this isn’t fully understood.
Finally, Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator – which means more oxygen is able to get in and around your lungs providing you with even more energy and supplying your muscles with more nutrients and oxygen.
Clenbuterol would be the perfect thing to stack with your bulking steroids were it not for the devastating health effects.
We’ve already discussed how the mechanism of action is essentially the same as an anxiety medication in reverse and this should make some of the issues immediately obvious.
Clenbuterol can cause nerves, jitteriness and other anxiety-related issues.
At the same time, any substance that alters the neurotransmitters or receptors in the brain can potentially lead to tolerance and dependence – this is essentially a form of addiction that leaves you operating at a sub-par level until you get more of the substance.
Most worrying of all though, is the risk that Clenbuterol poses to the heart.
Use can lead to what’s known as cardiac hypertrophy, wherein the heart grows more than it should potentially leading to a heart attack.
Fortunately, there are healthier and safer alternatives to Clenbuterol. One is Clenbutrol from Crazy Bulk.
This product works using a synergistic blend of different ingredients that together have very similar effects but work in an entirely natural way.
There are plenty of different substances that can increase mitochondrial performance, such as CoQ10, PQQ and L-carnitine.
Meanwhile, there are also substances out there that more naturally and mildly affect the beta-2 receptors – such as bitter orange.
None of these are as potent as Clenbuterol but if you combine them all in the right doses, the effects can be profound.
That’s exactly what Clenbutrol does – offering most of the benefits with none of the downsides.