Boldenone is an anabolic androgenic steroid and synthetic derivative of testosterone that was originally developed for veterinary use, but has since become one of the most common performance-enhancing drugs tested positive by athletes in sport.
With an almost identical chemical structure to testosterone, boldenone can stimulate protein synthesis and the release of erythropoietin in the kidneys. Boldenone, which can be sold on the black market, is sometimes used by athletes to increase muscle mass and strength. In addition to being banned from sports, athletes should be aware of the many health and safety issues associated with boldenone.
What is boldenone used for?
There is no therapeutic or medical use of boldenone steroid in humans. Specifically, it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans for any reason.
In addition to being sold and used illegally for human performance enhancement, boldenone is used illegally in racehorses for performance enhancement, despite its use being prohibited in horses competing in Olympic and Paralympics. Internationally and agriculturally, boldenone is also largely illegal for use as a growth promoter in farm animals, and most countries have surveillance programs that test boldenone in animals raised for food production. .
What are the health risks of boldenone?
Boldenone causes a decrease in testosterone production in men. In animal studies, boldenone caused significant damage to the male reproductive system and fertility, including decreased testicular size, decreased sperm count, and reduced sperm motility. Additionally, boldenone is listed as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Is boldenone prohibited in sport?
Yes, boldenone is prohibited at all times for all athletes including elite, recreational, masters and junior athletes. Boldenone is categorized on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited Substances List as an S1 Prohibited Substance. Category of anabolic agents.
Because boldenone can also occur naturally in very low concentrations in urine, WADA-accredited laboratories apply a specific testing procedure called carbon isotope ratio mass spectrometry, or GC/C/IRMS, to differentiate external administration from internal production. In 2018, 87 cases tested positive for boldenone, representing 6% of all positive cases for anabolic agents worldwide in WADA-accredited laboratories.
Is boldenone found in dietary supplements?
Intentionally adulterated products with large amounts of “classic” anabolic steroids, including boldione (a precursor to boldenone), methandienone, stanozolol, dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, oxandrolone, etc. have been found on the dietary supplement market. Additionally, these anabolic steroids may not be declared on product labels. USADA offers guidance on Supplement411.org on how to reduce the risk of using contaminated or fortified supplements.