RA Mass/Strength Formula Information (Prohormones)

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Serving Size: 3 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Magnesium Sterate, Gelatin, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Titanium Dioxide.

This formula has been on the market since RA Anabolic Technology brought it out in early 2010. Designed as a starting point for beginning athletes looking to build muscle in a balanced fashion.

The main active pro hormone is 1-Androsterone, which has also been on the market for quite some time, and is proven to effectively build muscle by having potent androgenic effects, so side effects are minimal, if not non-existent.

The other complimentary compounds help to build muscle, block estrogen, and promote healthy testosterone.

This is an excellent starting point for athletes and fitness enthusiasts looking to take a pro hormone supplement.

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1-Androstene-3b-ol,17-one (1-Androsterone)

1-Androstene-3b-ol, 17-one, (AKA 1-Androsterone and 1-DHEA) is a non-methylated pro-steroid that must convert to 1-androstenediol (1-AD), 1-androstenedione (original 1-AD) and/or 1-testosterone in order to be active.

1-Androsterone is a naturally occurring metabolite of DHEA. In the body, 1-Androsterone is converted to 1-Androstenediol and 1-Androstenedione. Both of these metabolites can then be converted to 1-Testosterone, which is where most of the effects come from. There is no conversion to estrogen.

1-Androsterone and its metabolites have relatively potent androgenic effects, therefore gyno is almost never an issue. However, because of the androgenic potency, this compound could pose a mild hair loss risk for those prone to male pattern baldness. Because this steroid is non-17aa there should be less concern about it negatively affecting the liver or cholesterol levels.

Moderate gains of lean muscle mass and strength can be expected, but users should not expect rapid increases in size or weight with this compound since extra-cellular and intra-cellular water retention are minimal. This makes the gains from this steroid fairly easy to maintain post cycle.

1-Androsterone will stack well with almost any compound. For more dramatic gains in size and strength it is recommended to stack this compound with an aromatizing steroid or possibly one of the progestational compounds listed elsewhere.

Banaba Extract 1%

Banaba Extract 1% is made from a flowering tropical tree that grows in the Philippines. The historic uses of the Banaba have included consuming its roots, trees and distilling an extract from the pulp of both. It can be taken as an additive to liquids and is usually dosed as 32 to 48 mg. Banaba Extract 1% has no documented cases of adverse reactions or toxicity when taken in larger oral doses.

Uses for Banaba Extract 1%
  • Diuretic
  • Weight loss
  • Emetic
  • Blood sugar control
Enough documented evidence has been shown of the traditional use of Banaba Extract 1% in controlling blood sugar levels that it is currently being studied under controlled conditions for its effectiveness in managing diabetes. Not enough evidence has been returned by clinical studies to promote its use as an alternative treatment for diabetes, however early indications are positive that it can assist in managing blood sugar levels. Studies are being conducted on its efficacy in blood sugar management for those with Type 2 diabetes.

There are only two cautions associated with the use of Banaba Extract 1%, the first stemming from the lack of human trials. It is not recommended for use by lactating women and women who are breastfeeding as it is unknown whether the Banaba Extract is passed via the breast milk to the infant. The second known caution is for anyone with a diabetic condition who is taking medication for their diabetes. The documented effect on blood sugar of Banaba Extract 1% can create an additive condition with the effect on blood sugar of the medication which can cause complications. Consult your doctor before taking Banaba Extract 1% if you are on any medication for any type of diabetes.

Beta Sitosterol (B-Sitosterol)

Beta Sitosterol, also known as B-Sitosterol, is one of the many plant sterols (phytosterols) that are similar to natural cholesterol. They can be found in a number of different fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Many Beta sitosterols are white and waxy; they appear to be powdery and they have a unique odor. They are alcohol-soluble, but are hydrophobic. This trait makes them a bit tricky to utilize, but they are frequently used in medications.

Some of the most common uses for beta sitosterol include:

-Heart disease medication. Beta sitosterol promotes good heart health and helps improve circulation.
-High cholesterol treatment regimens. Even though they are similar to cholesterol, they encourage good cholesterol development and maintain levels.
-Immune system boosting, even if you’re just fighting the common cold. In most cases, however, beta sitosterol is used to help with HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis (TB), and lupus.
-Many medications used to help with gall stones contain some form of beta sitosterol.
-Even though not many scientific studies have found a link, many people will take beta sitosterol supplements to help prevent colon cancer and cervical cancer.
-Some men will use beta sitosterol to help prevent prostate problems, including enlarged prostate and/or the prevention of prostate cancer.
-Some studies suggest that beta sitosterol can help with some of the symptoms of menopause, especially mood swings and hot flashes.
-Certain sexual activity enhancing supplements contain beta sitosterol.
-Beta sitosterol can help reduce inflammation; some marathon runners will use it to help reduce pain and swelling after a race.

If you are curious about the use of beta sitosterol and how it may be able to help you, we’ve provided you with some links that you can check out at your earliest convenience:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-939-BETA-SITOSTEROL.aspx?activeIngredientId=939&activeIngredientName=BETA-SITOSTEROL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Sitosterol

http://www.drugs.com/npp/beta-sitosterol.html

Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale)

Ginger Root is from the ginger plant that was originally from the Asian continent but its cultivation has spread throughout Africa and the Caribbean. The root is cultivated for culinary and medicinal purposes and dosage amounts vary according to the condition being treated. Ginger Root can be infused as a tea or beverage, added to foods in a powder, crystallized or sliced form; eaten directly in crystallized or whole root form and taken as an oral supplement. It is also used to infuse oils that are commonly applied to the skin for the relief of pain.

Ginger Root is most commonly associated with the treatment of stomach related disturbances, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections. Clinical studies have suggested it is very effective as an anti-emetic for persons suffering nausea from chemotherapy and surgical procedures and it is well tolerated by many.

Uses for Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale)
  • motion sickness
  • morning sickness
  • colic
  • upset stomach
  • gas
  • diarrhea
  • anti-emetic
  • pain relief
  • arthritis
  • menstrual pain
  • upper respiratory tract infections
  • cough
  • bronchitis
There are several warnings associated with consumption of high levels of ginger. Medicinal levels are any dosage amounts that are over the amounts commonly used to season foods or drinks. Pregnant women are cautioned not to take ginger as there is evidence it may interfere with the developing fetus’s sex hormones.

Ginger Root can also increase bleeding and has been shown to be counter indicated in patients with known heart conditions, have diabetes or are taking a blood clotting agent. Some people have an allergy to Ginger Root and it is advised to speak with your doctor before taking Ginger Root in any form of daily or medical level dosage.

Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus Emblica)

Indian Gooseberry comes from a tree native to India and certain areas of the Middle East. It has been used in traditional Ayuverdic medicine for the treatment of many ailments and as a restorative tonic. Many recent clinical studies on its effectiveness for reducing cholesterol, controlling blood sugar and as an immune booster have returned positive results. It has been clinical shown to be most effective in reducing the amount of triglicerides associated with HDL, which can then lead to the relief of many associated conditions.

The effectiveness of Indian Gooseberry is believed to stem from the high levels of Vitamin C it contains, as well as the Tannin it holds. The high vitamin, antioxidant and nutrient content of the Indian Gooseberry fit with what the medical studies have shown is the effectiveness of a diet high in Vitamin C with combatting certain cancers and other medical conditions. Recent work on the efficacy of Tannin in preventing cancers is also indicating that there may be positive benefits to gain from this herb.

Uses for Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus Emblica)
  • high cholesterol
  • atherosclerosis
  • pancreatitis
  • cancer
  • upset stomach
  • eye problems
  • joint pain
  • diarrhea
  • dysentery
  • obesity
  • inflammation
Indian Gooseberry is also highly valued for its use as a “restorative” for overall body condition and immune system wellness. There are no known side effect for Indian Gooseberry or drug interactions however, the high dosage of Indian Gooseberry used for medical treatment have not been studied enough in that regard to suggest no caution is appropriate. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking Indian Gooseberry in levels higher than as a flavoring or spice to foods.

Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice Root is a type of legume that is common to parts of Europe and Asia. The French variety of Licorice Root is best known for its culinary properties while its Asian counterpart has a greater history of medicinal usage. Licorice Root may be taken in many forms including as a tea, spice, supplement and as a form of candy or treat that is chewed and then swallowed. The dosage amounts for medicinal and health treatments with Licorice Root are not standardized.

Uses for Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • stomach ulcers
  • heartburn
  • colic
  • chronic gastritis
  • sore throat
  • bronchitis
  • cough
  • osteoarthritis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • liver disorders
  • malaria
  • tuberculosis
  • food poisoning
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Currently, clinical evidence fully supports the use of Licorice Root in the relief of stomach related ailments. One of the most beneficial uses of Licorice Root is to stimulate the adrenal glands in people who have used steroids long term. Long term steroid use has been shown to suppress the adrenals and combined with other herbs; Licorice Root can serve to stimulate healthy functioning of the adrenal glands.

There are three main cautions with Licorice Root. It is known to radically lower potassium levels in the body when taken in high dosages and to raise blood pressure. It is also proven to complicate hormone sensitive conditions such as are associated with certain types of ovarian, breast and other hormone related cancers as it simulates estrogen in the body. Talk to your doctor before taking daily or high dosages of Licorice Root to make sure that it will not create complications with the management of other conditions. It can also lower the libido in men and cause erectile dysfunction in high dosages.

Massularia Acuminata 4:1

Massularia Acuminata 4:1 is an herb native to West Africa that has been shown to have a positive effect on the production of testosterone levels in the male body and increases the rate of luteinizing hormones. Both of these actions serve to promote muscle growth and increase sexual arousal. There is a related increase in aggressive attitude as well, although much less than is found with testosterone promoting agents.

Massularia Acuminata 4:1 specifically promotes the production of endogenous testosterone which is created within the testicles. Studies have shown that a cycle of Massularia Acuminata 4:1 can increase endogenous testosterone and luteinizing hormones by over 60% from the baseline levels of study participants. The combination of the hormones increase is directly related to the experienced increase in libido of users.

Massularia Acuminata 4:1 has been traditionally used to:
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Increase Strength
  • Increase Endurance
Clinical studies have documented that Massularia Acuminata 4:1 is effective in its traditional usage; however that it is dose dependent. Less than a dose of a 4 to one ration (one dose, four times a day) will not produce any noticeable results. The individual dosage amount is not definitive although studies indicate that amounts of 550mg are the baseline for effective results. Purity and quality of the Massularia Acuminata source is also another factor in the effectiveness of the supplement.

Massularia Acuminata 4:1 has few known side effects but it is not recommended for women. The natural stimulation of endogenous testosterone causes a compatible rise in testosterone related aggression but not to a hyper aggressive state. It is considered safe to take although caution is recommended for anyone with a compromised liver or kidney condition.

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a natural and wild growing herb that can be found in many parts of the world. It has a distinctive aroma although there are some types of tarragon that are without any noticeable odor at all. One sub-species, called False Tarragon that can be found growing in the American South is listed as an endangered plant but this type of tarragon is not cultivated for herbal, medicinal or culinary use.

Tarragon can be taken orally as a supplement, cooked into food as a spice or brewed as a tea. It is recognized as being very high in anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients that are considered important to a healthy immune system. It is also high in potassium and an assortment of essential vitamins that help support natural functions.

Tarragon has been traditionally used to:
  • Treat headaches
  • Cure hiccups
  • Detoxify the liver and kidneys
  • Appetite Stimulant
  • Mass Gain
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is best known for its use as a flavoring spice and has a distinctive aroma. It is believed by many that the use of tarragon can help fortify the body’s immune system by helping to promote the functioning of the liver and kidneys. Clinical studies have indicated that Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is safe for use as both a food additive and supplement although it is a known carcinogen in mice.

Tarragon oil is used for the topical treatment of toothaches as it has numbing properties that are well tolerated. The oil is also becoming popular for use as a muscle rub for its heating and relaxing properties as well. The Mass Gain properties of a tarragon supplement are not due to its appetite stimulant abilities, but to the documented stimulation of the creatine processing of the muscle.