Posted on 18th Feb 2011 @ 8:16 AM
Brief Explanation of How Steroids Are Made
It is quite safe to say that everyone has heard about steroids one way or another. This drug has made a name for itself especially in the sports arena where it is used a lot. With the ever rising popularity of this drug today, one may wonder just what these drugs are for and how exactly are these steroids made and what properties is it composed of. Here, is a brief explanation on the process of making anabolic steroids that we see today.
What is it for?
Steroids are drugs designed to operate in the same way as male hormones in the body, and this involves large muscle growth as well as more physical capacity. This explains why it is commonly used by athletes who are into sports that require them to have such extraordinary physical prowess. By the use of steroids, they are able to promote their bodies into reaching a condition where they would be capable of performing physical feats that their normal body could not.
Almost all of the steroids manufactured today come from the Sarsaparilla root. This plant is native to Mexico and is the most common main ingredient for making the modern day anabolic steroids that are sold in the market today. The root of the plant is fundamentally altered in a chemical level and synthesized to produce the anabolic steroid’s principal active ingredients. Although in itself, the root of the Sarsaparilla is not anabolic, and the appropriate complex processes need to be applied before it can be turned into one.
The main process that involved in the production of these anabolic steroids is known as chemical synthesis. The process uses the method of bio transformation which involves the use of bacteria and other microorganisms to alter the chemical composition of the main ingredient. Although, some people may think of it as a fermentation process, the whole procedure for making steroids is quite different and more complex.
The basic idea is quite the same as with fermentation. However, the difference is with how the main ingredient is introduced in the process. For fermentation, the ingredient is not synthesized by the introduction of it with the medium. In the case of steroid production, the ingredients are added at the end of the growth phase of the medium; this is when the microorganisms are able to change it and turn it into steroids. Once done, a solvent is added, then the resulting chemical produced is purified and then finally allowed to undertake crystallization at which point, they are harvested.
For this process to be successful the microorganisms need to be in a large mass, and they do need to be grown within the right conditions and growth mediums. This process is not only difficult but, it is also quite expensive for any pharmaceutical company that manufactures these drugs. That is the exact reason why most of the anabolic steroids that we see today show prices that are quite expensive.