Difference between supplements and steroids


Talking about “supplements” and “steroids”, you would have heard people saying “protein powders are harmful to health as they contain steroids.” There are people who are hesitant to take vitamin supplements as they are “pills” and treat them like medication. Before binding any conclusion one should know what is really harmful and what is not.

In today’s fast and furious world everything is quick and fast. Even when we talk about bodybuilding, exercise, losing weight we all want is instant result .Due to which there is significant rise in the use of steroids and drugs in order to build muscles and boost training. Large sections of society are still unaware of the use and need of taking dietary supplements and anabolic steroids.

What are anabolic steroids and dietary supplements?

Anabolic steroids:

The term “anabolic” means “growth” and here the growth is used in context of muscle mass. Steroids are fat-soluble organic compounds that are naturally present and produced in human body. These are responsible for wide range of physiological development such as reproductive growth, tissue regeneration and caloric synthesis in human body. Steroids can be used through inhaling, injecting , orally or gel form to apply directly.

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How they work?

Steroids are fat soluble that means they can pass through cell membrane and bind to steroid hormone receptor and bring out changes within the cell. Certain steroids such as corticosteroids have variety of medical use in treating illness such as inflammation in the body like asthma, arthritis, eczema and even cancer.

Side effects:

Though artificial steroid have medicinal uses, excessive and prolonged use of steroids for wrong purpose can result in adverse effects such a liver damage, high BP, baldness, heart failure etc, in women its side effects includes excess facial hair and deeper voice ,irritability ,increased aggression, mood swings. It can also cause some psychiatric effects such as hypomania, suicidal thoughts etc.

One of the biggest side effect is they are addictive. They make user and abuser physically and psychologically dependent on them.

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Dietary supplements:

Dietary supplement, nutrition supplements are those which provides nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acid or amino acids that a person may be missing during their daily diet. This supplements are extracts or concentrates and may be available as tablets, capsules, soft gels, gel caps ,liquid and powders.

These are for the use in addition to person’s average diet and should not replace the diet in any manner.


How it works?

Supplements are most commonly used by bodybuilders for creating muscles. They work by adding extra nutrition what body needs, but do not get from the normal diet and help in providing desired effect.

Supplements such as ginseng, creatine monohydrate, protein and fat-loss supplements give very good results adding with your diet, but not like anabolic steroids but supplements are safe and have little or no side effects.

Benefits of supplements:

In simple words dietary supplements are food in concentrated forms. Nutrition deficiency is cause of many diseases and adequate quantity of superior quality nutrient can cure the problem. It is advantageous to use supplements in many ways as they give a specific combination and quality of nutrient at a particular time in a day and make convenient for body to supply all the essential supplements.

This is safe enough to consumed by all of us and help in building immune system keeping us away from various diseases.

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