Pro-anabolic supplements, which are also known as anabolic steroids, are artificially produced hormones that are created to produce the same effect as androgens, a type of male sex hormone.
Anabolic supplements come in various forms such as pills, powders, and injections. Most anabolic steroids (and the supplements containing them) are considered illegal drugs; therefore, using and selling those substances could warrant a criminal case against the person and can even lead to arrest. There are many milder versions of pro-anabolic supplements available in both health food stores and online e-stores.
Anabolic steroids are often used as body-building supplements. Both athletes and non-athletes take anabolic supplements because of the testosterone-like effects on the body. The supplements increase muscle size, as well as enhance the body's muscle mass. They also increase muscle mass and body weight by increasing the amount of protein produced by the body.
Weight gain is only one of the many possible effects of anabolic supplements. Other possible side effects include gynecomastia, swollen prostates, accelerated hair loss, testicular shrinkage, and liver damage. For this reason, professional athletes are strictly prohibited from using anabolic supplements. Other than the long-term health consequences, these drugs give athletes an unfair advantage over non-steroid using athletes.