Anavar is the old brand name for the oral steroid oxandrolone that was initially manufactured in the mid 1960s and was developed for muscle wasting and quick weight loss.
It is a mild anabolic steroid with low androgenic properties, is not very toxic on your liver and quite mild on the body’s production of testosterone. Basically, it is deemed as one of the mildest steroids on the market.
What is Anavar?
Anavar is considered to a mild steroid, therefore you will you need to ingest high doses to achieve the desired muscle gain effects. It has been designed to be alpha-alkylated, to pass through the liver mildly and to have a sound level of anabolic activity.
Evidence suggests that Anavar will not produce high levels of liver toxicity that are associated with C17-alpha alkylates, which is good news because high levels of C17-AAs can cause certain cancers, jaundice, hepatitis, etc.
However, there is research that states the opposite and that prolonged use of Anavar of 6 weeks or more can cause high levels of liver toxicity and it’s corresponding diseases.
Research has also indicated that Anavar can aid wound healing and improve lung function and these enhancements make it desirable in the mixed martial arts and boxing industry.
Anavar can have certain fat burning properties and is sometimes referred to as a ‘fat burning steroid’.
Some research has shown that oxandrolone is superior to Deca at reducing abdominal fat in men and another study noted that total percentage body fat was reduced by using only 30mgs per day.
In the follow up study, 12 week after the cessation of Anavar the subjects still had a lower overall percentage body fat, and this demonstrates its positive impact on long term weight loss. Therefore, the fat loss during the course of Anavar suggests that it may be permanent.
Can Anavar promote strength gains?
Anavar does promote some strength and muscle gains. However, due to its mild anabolic nature, it is not recommended during the bulking phase of your program.
Therefore, Anavar is used for strength and cutting purposes but not for bulking.
For many bodybuilders it is widely used during the cutting phase because this is when water retention is a concern and the more solid your gains are, the more muscle that you will keep.
This supports the theory that the more solid muscle that you gain during the bulk phase, the more muscle/weight that you will keep during the cutting phase.
This makes sense as many athletes gain weight or muscle when using the water retention steroids during the bulk phase and lose the biggest amount of their gains afterwards when cutting down.
Can Anavar’s impact testosterone production?
Anavar may have a low impact on the production of testosterone, if your endocrine system is functionally normally, then you can expect the following to occur with low doses:
- Serum testosterone levels are slightly reduced
- Insulin like growth factor 1 and growth hormone levels will be raised slightly
- Leutinizing hormone levels show signs of a rebound effect, especially after a course of other steroids
Therefore, the natural production of testosterone is slightly altered but is not suppressed and this is related to low doses of Anavar.
However, this may be a different story in terms of testosterone suppression with high doses; again the jury is out on this issue, as the research is very limited in this area.
Bridging of Anavar
Many bodybuilders take Anavar as a morning only bridging agent in between two cycles. However, 6 weeks plus of this bridging practice can cause high levels of liver toxicity and good practice is to cut down the time as with any other alkylated oral steroid.
Another strategy is to use Anavar to supplement the cycle, as the steroid levels within the body can fall before the time of the next intake, so this ensures that this time period has maximal muscle gains.
Many anabolic steroids have side effects attached to them, especially oestrogenic aromatisation. Anavar does not aromatise making issues like gynecomastia of little concern.
Potential side effects of Anavar
While Anavar may offer numerous benefits we don’t condone or support the use of any steroid.
Although safer than some steroids, there is still a risk that Anavar use can lead to some unwelcome side effects that can include:
- Frequent passing of urine
- Breast tenderness
- Continued painful erection
- Enlarged breasts
- Acne-like breakouts
Less frequent side effects of Anavar include:
- Anaemia from inadequate iron
- Prostate cancer
- Enlarged prostate
- High amount of calcium in the blood
- Increased risk of bleeding
- Irritation of the stomach or intestines
- Liver problems
- Thickening of skin
- Visible water retention
- Altered interest in sexual intercourse
- Leg cramps
- Swelling of the abdomen
- High amount of fats in the blood
- Liver cancer
- Liver tissue death
- Microscopic blood-filled cavities in the liver
Our recommendation would be to look for a safer alternative.
Safe alternative to Anavar
A safe alternative to Anavar is Anvarol, which is a supplement available online from the Crazy Bulk website.
Using this supplement will help burn off fat while cutting without losing that hard-gained muscle mass.