Peptides Vs Steroids
GHRH and GHRP products are often used in conjunction with or mentioned alongside anabolic steroids, so much so that many people believe that peptides are in fact steroids.
In truth, their structures are completely different, and they are of a completely different nature.
Whereas growth hormone secretagogues are peptides and feature amino acid sequences designed to “trick” the neural system into performing certain actions, anabolic steroids are synthesized steroid hormones or steroid hormone derivatives.
Amongst the above list it’s testosterone that must be highlighted, as it’s this steroid hormone (or one of its derivatives i.e DHT) that forms the basis of all anabolic steroids.
Similarities amongst the two product types include:
- They are both capable of increasing anabolic activity within the body
- They are both able to enhance fat burning (though some anabolic steroid types display this effect to a lesser extent than others)
- They can both enhance recovery
- They can both improve internal functionality
- They can both provide an enhanced feeling of internal well being
- They can both increase the metabolism
- They can both enhance the release of growth hormone
It’s the degree to which each one of the above facets is achieved that ultimately serves to separate the two compound types. For instance; growth hormone secretagogues are clearly going to provide a greater increase in growth hormone when compared to anabolic steroids.
On balance, anabolic steroids can arguably improve anabolism to a greater degree. In conjunction with this, the following benefits are almost exclusively associated with anabolic steroid use (though it will depend on the variety chosen):
- Increased oxygen capacity due to an enhanced red blood cell count
- Dramatically improved strength levels
- Increased muscular visibility
- Enhanced muscular dryness
- Enhanced vascularity
- Increased nutrient uptake
- Significant changes in mood
- With some anabolic steroid types, direct (rather than passive) lipolysis is possible
On the whole, you could argue that growth hormone secretagogues too can achieve some of these benefits (for instance enhanced muscular visibility would certainly take place as a direct result of an effective nutrition plan in conjunction with lean muscle gain whilst using secretagogues; an increased nutrient uptake would take place as a direct result of an increased metabolism etc) but at large, anabolic steroids can fulfil these end results with a little more potency, whereas they would appear as “residual” benefits when utilising secretagogues.
The primary reason why anabolic steroids are so powerful in nature is that they actually directly manipulate the infrastructure of the muscle cells owing to their unique testosterone “blueprint.”
Testosterone is vital for all phases of anabolism including muscular development; therefore any compound that is based on its “genetic code” is going to be able to fulfil many of the same functions…albeit with added benefits owing to the modifications that steroids have undergone.
In comparison, secretagogues merely release growth hormone and as such, several passive benefits are achieved though they are not done so with the same degree of “aggression” one would associate with a steroid compound.
Anabolism can and will occur to an effective degree when utilising the combination of GHRH and GHRP providing the user is adhering to sensible practices elsewhere, on the whole though; it’s reasonable to state that surplus results could be achieved when using anabolic steroids.
In order to maximise results, combining secretagogues with anabolic steroids is without doubt one of the most effective means of attaining optimum benefit.
Through doing this, you can simultaneously optimise anabolism / strength levels and visibility (depending on your current cycle and steroid choice) whilst maximising growth hormone output.
This is where we must bring your attention to the “dark side” of steroids though; they do come with an increased risk of adverse issues arising during integration.
These issues include:
- Natural testosterone production suppression
- Elevated negative cholesterol levels
- Violent mood swings (entirely based on product choice and individual circumstance)
- Liver hepatotoxicity (when taking oral steroids in an uncontrolled fashion)
Both growth hormone secretagogues and anabolic steroids do share several potential side effects, but the above issues are largely regarded as being “exclusive” to anabolic steroids.
These issues do of course combine with the more common issues shared by both products. We’ll soon outline precisely what these common issues are in our upcoming side effects section so that you can analyse them in greater detail.
For now though, it’s important that you don’t try to determine which of these two compounds (steroids and peptides) is the best, and instead determine which one suits your needs the most.
For instance, if you need to develop a marginal amount of muscle or moderately reduce body fat, then provided you are following a strict nutrition plan there is simply no need to utilise anabolic steroids.
On balance, those who seek to achieve advanced goals may wish to consider combining secretagogues like CJC 1295 with anabolic steroids. Steroids could also be used in isolation in this scenario too.
It’s important to remember that your nutritional and training habits are ultimately going to determine how successful you are in regards to achieving your end result.
Some actually believe that you can either “bulk” or “cut” with any product, GHRH or otherwise.
This is a slight exaggeration in reality being that those who wish to compete in a bodybuilding contest for instance require advanced physical manipulation that only certain compounds can offer, but the principles ring true for most members of the general public.
Make your choice wisely, and only use what’s necessary and relevant.