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What Are The Best Foods To Eat For Natural Steroid Release?

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: June 24, 2022

Steroids, with all their bad rap, are impossible to ignore. Ever since the introduction of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its ban on performance-enhancing drugs, many research hours have been invested in looking for natural steroid alternatives which can not only improve athletic performance, but do so without being banned, and without the negative side effects of anabolic steroids. Steroids are also extremely useful in medical conditions, which must first be approved by the FDA in order to receive a prescription for this treatment.

In this article, we will first define steroids and what they are- and subsequently, take a look at the best alternatives to steroids. This includes looking at both the dietary changes in your lifestyle as well as recommending the best supplements that act much the same as steroids would, without the unnecessary side effects.

One of the best natural foods that contain steroid-like qualities is spinach.

What Are Steroids?

Steroids are extremely helpful synthetically created drugs that mimic the hormones released throughout the body. This includes things such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, epinephrine, and cortisol.

Anabolic steroids are those that mimic the testosterone hormone, which is associated with performance-enhancing drugs. These steroids can also sometimes be prescribed for patients that have certain diseases related to muscle wasting and degeneration, such as MS, atrophy, cancer, or AIDS.

Other steroids are for medicinal purposes only and do not boost muscle recovery, development, or overall athletic abilities. These are steroids prescribed for such things as acne, or even in EpiPens to deal with instantaneous allergic reactions. EpiPen mimics the hormone adrenaline or epinephrine, which is released throughout the body to immobilize pain and inflammation, usually as a response to a natural threat, in order to escape the situation.

Steroids can only be taken under observation and require a medical directive or prescription in order to administer them. This means that otherwise healthy individuals cannot gain access to these beneficial substances, and must search for them elsewhere for the proper support to their bodily functions. Below, we'll talk about some of the most popular herbal remedies that work much like steroids.

Natural Herbal Steroids

  • Creatine: Creatine is the only FDA-approved supplement that can be used over the short term in order to increase athletic performance and gains. It also is not banned by WADA for its use in athletic performance or other competitions. Creatine is a naturally occurring substance within the body, and as such, is necessary for a healthy body and a great aid in muscle development and recovery. Creatine works by increasing the amount of ATP (energy) available to the body's cells, including muscle tissues and fibers. It helps to increase endurance, workload, and strength, reduce recovery time and engage more of your muscle groups when at the gym.
  • Ashwagandha Root: Ashwagandha root has been used for thousands of years in eastern and ayurvedic medicine. While it is touted for its great testosterone mimicking processes in men, it is also a useful supplement for the health of women as well. Ashwagandha helps to regulate mood disorders, increasing sleep time, and restfulness and decreasing anxiety and other hyperactive disorders. It can also be. However, it is more effective for mood and mental disorders associated with "jitters" and fear rather than depressive or manic episodes. Ashwagandha also helps to increase muscle definition by promoting protein synthesis.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D is considered a super vitamin because we just can't seem to get enough of it. Many years ago, 2000 units were recommended on a daily basis, but that has risen throughout the years from first to 3000, 4000 and now 5000. There is a clear link between vitamin D and mood disorders, such as seasonal depressive disorder, but there has been a recent study that has linked lack of vitamin D with declining muscle and bone health.

Natural Steroid Foods

One of the best natural foods that contain steroid-like qualities is spinach. Spinach contains many of the vitamins and minerals necessary for the production of good muscle cells, but also for the maintenance of the entire body. Spinach also contains nitrates, which are especially important in producing nitric oxide within the body. Nitric oxide is extremely helpful in blood vessels as it expands the arterial walls and allows a decrease in blood pressure, which minimizes the chances of heart disease. Nitric oxide also helps the system to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscles, bones, and tissues, which aids extremely well in bodybuilding. Here are the top 3 nitric oxide supplements.

FAQs

Are there plant steroids bodybuilding?

So far, the most marketed product is the 5 Alpha Hydroxy Laxogenin (Laxogenins). Laxogenins are plant steroids that assist in their tissue and cell repair and claim to do the same in humans. These claims are baseless and supplements that contain this product are usually laced with other performance-enhancing drugs, according to USADA. There are some natural supplements that help to imitate certain anabolic steroids or corticosteroids, helping with anti-inflammation or muscle repair. These are Ecdysterone, Turkesterone, Tongkat Ali, epicatechin, and Fadogia Agrestis.

Is beetroot a natural steroid?

Beetroot is a natural way to mimic steroids and hormones throughout the body and is usually added to many supplements. Beetroot is a natural source of nitrates, which helps the body further synthesize nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is completely beneficial for athletic performance as it increases the oxygenation of the body by relaxing the arterial cell walls. It is also great to combat cholesterol, as it increases vascularity and helps clean plaque platelets off the vein walls.

Are steroids natural?

Steroids are not natural; they are man-made injections or medication used to help various ailments, conditions, and diseases. Steroids are so-called because they offer a sudden burst of power for your body to fight off whatever it needs to, very similar to the way hormones are released from our endocrine system when we need them to react. Cortisol, for example, is released when we need to perform any strenuous mental tasks, which leads to stress. Certain corticosteroid creams contain cortisol to be used on acne to clear them up.


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