"Can You “Refresh” Your Receptors? Yes, You Can!" - IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
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Everything great, has a downside. And when it comes to steroid use, the biggest drawback is the fact that as you use them, it takes higher and higher dosages to continue making gains. Some people think it’s because a bigger body requires more of the drug. Not so! The main reason steroids don’t work as well after a while is that the body builds up a tolerance to the drugs. (Just as it does to any drug it interacts with long-term). In the case of steroids, they need to be “accepted” by receptors which recognize the drug and react accordingly. Those receptors over time become, well, less receptive! But there’s something that might turn the tide in your favor. That something is Acetyl L-Carnitine/ L-Tartrate (LCLT).
Acetyl L-Carnitine/L-Tartrate (LCLT) supplementation has been evaluated in weight trained individuals as an enhancer of the hormonal responses with evidence showing that response to steroids is greater when LCLT is higher. It’s uncertain exactly how this happens or the mechanism involved, but supplementation with LCLT has been shown to reduce muscle damage produced by an acute bout of high-intensity training in two cross-over, placebo-controlled trials.9,10 - - the very best standard in terms of clinical trials. There was considerable less muscle damage and more hormonal receptors available for binding interactions with anabolic hormones. And with more hormonal receptors available for binding interactions with anabolic hormones, muscle growth potential is also increased.
Most bodybuilders already knew that carnitine is good for focus and utilizing fat for fuel. But the Acetyl is even more effective, and when combined with L-Tartate, studies show recovery is even faster.
- This is the study I cite above: *Kraemer, W.J., et al. Androgenic Responses to resistance exercise: Effects of feeding and L-Carnitine. Med Sci Sports Exerc 38(7): 2007.
- The effects of L-carnitine L-tartrate supplementation on hormonal responses to resistance exercise and recovery. J Strength Cond Res. 2003 Aug;17(3):455-62.
As a consequence, LCLT may enhance testosterone uptake via less muscle damage and increased availability of anabolic/androgenic receptors, and not via direct stimulation of T secretion. In simple terms, LCLT helps you utilize your steroids better, but doesn't itself increase testosterone.
A good cycle aid with Acetyl L-Carnitine/L-Tartate is hard to find these days. There are about 3 on the market right, now but they lack the full ingredient list of a proper cycle-aid. Therefore, I suggest N2Guard for LCLT and Tudca.