The #1 Legal Anabolic Compound: Review Of 1-Androsterone/1-Andro/1-DHEA


What's Up Guys?

Ray Kingsman here with another discussion on anabolics. I wanted to talk about one of most powerful anabolic compounds I have ever taken.

This compound might be the most effective out of all the anabolic compounds I talk about on this website. 

It is also the compound I had the greatest results and muscle gains with. 

If you could not already tell by the title, this compound is called 1-Andro

Introducing 1-Andro

It allows you to pack on size and shred fat at the same time. Ad unlike SARMs, this compound is 100% legal. 

So today we are here to talk about 1 Andro (aka 1-androsterone or 1-DHEA). I will share my experience with product, what I think of it, as well as scientific facts. 

I introduced this compound to you guys in my first post about pro hormones (or designer steroids) a couple months back. 

1-Andro is already one of the most popular anabolic compounds on the market and continues to gain rapport in the hardcore bodybuilding community. 

I cycled 1-Andro back in late 2014. It was a couple months after I cycled Epiandrosterone. 

Therefore, I have experience with this product and well as recommendations that I would like to share with you guys.

I think what I have to say would be very helpful to you guys who are interested in using this stuff. 

On that note, let's dive right in. This is going to be another long one so grab some popcorn and tune in. 

What Is 1-Androsterone?

1-Androsterone is a powerful pro hormone and designer steroid (legal anabolic compound or yet to be banned). This compound goes by many different names. Some are listed below:

- 1-Andro
- 1-DHEA
- 1-Dehydroepiandrosterone
- 1-androstene-3b-ol-17-one
- 3-hydroxy-5-androst-1-en-17-one
- 3b-hydroxy-androst-1-ene-17-on
- 3b-hydroxy-5a-androst-1-en-17-one

Those are just a couple of the different terms that 1-Androsterone goes by online. 

Thus, makes it pretty confusing to figure out which compounds some people are actually talking about.  

How 1-Andro Works?

1-Androsterone uses a two step (two enzyme pathways) process to convert to another powerful pro hormone 1-Testosterone (which was banned in 2004). 

1-Andro first converts to 1-Androstenedione ("1-AD dione" is also banned as standalone pro hormone) when then converts to 1-Testosterone. 

1-AD and 1-Testosterone were some of the most powerful and effective pro hormones on the market pre 2004. They provided steroid like gains to users

After 2004, supplement manufactures look to get around the ban by creating supplements that directly converted to 1-Testosterone.

They succeeded in doing this and got away with selling those supplements for a number of years. However, many of those became banned in 2014. Hence we are now left with 1-Andro. 

What Is 1-Testosterone? Was It Effective?

The original name of 1-Testosterone is "dihydroboldenone". But the industry gave it name that was much easier to remember and pronounce in "1-Testosterone".

As mentioned earlier, the now banned pro hormone was once one of the most powerful anabolic compounds on the market. It's potency and effectiveness in muscle building made it second to none. 

It was first designer steroid on its kind. 1-Testosterone is a highly androgenic compound with a 2:1 anabolic to androgenic ratio. 

It is already 5a reduced, meaning it has a special enzyme pathway that allows to NOT BE ABLE TO AROMATIZE. Hence, no need to worry about excess estrogenic and bitch tits. 

This made 1-Testosterone great for dry and lean mass gains. Little to no bloating or water retention would occur. 

It was one of those classic compounds the accelerated muscle tissue growth and rapidly zapped away fat at the same. 

Hence, this was a great compound to use for lean bulking before it was banned. It would cause extreme tiredness in some it's users though.

​Does 1-Andro Have Same Potential As 1-Testosterone?

​Well, there is not exactly a straight forward answer to this surprisingly. As different users will experience different things. 

Remember 1-Andro converts to the legendary 1-Testosterone in a two step process.

Due to the different enzyme pathways involved in 1-Andro's conversion, it is not reasonable to expect the exact same results as with 1-Testosterone. 

However, what you can expect are steroid like gains that comparable to 1-Testosterone. 

Most users can gain 8-10 pounds of lean muscle in a matter of a few short weeks. 

​Other Positives go 1-Andro

​1-Andro seems increase positive mood within adult their users. There is no roid rage from people who have cycled this before. 

Although this was not the case for me, the research supports the better mood theory. More on that another time. 

Stronger libido is also another positive to 1-Androsterone. So no loss of libido reported here. 

​What Are The Side Effects of 1-Andro?

The side effects are very similar to other designer steroids. Acne, prostate enlargement, testicular shrinkage, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues, hair loss, increased strain on liver and kidneys, etc. 

Other cardiovascular issues include increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol and decrease in HDL (good) cholesterol. 

The strain put on the kidneys and liver cannot be overlooked. Although 1-Andro is not methylated, it is seems to effect the body just compounds that are.

This needs to be considered before starting your cycle. Get blood work to see if you have any outstanding issues with kidneys or liver.

If so, you might want to consider research ostarine, LGD-4033, or other SARMs instead of a powerful designer steroid like 1-Andro.  

Like 1-Testosterone it is seen to cause tiredness in some of its users. The reason for this has not been discovered yet. But it is another side effect to take into account.

I do believe many of these side effects can be reduced by just reduced your standard dosage and shortening cycle length. 

You should also use Arimacare Pro by Olympus Labs for on cycle support. It contains liver, heart, and kidney support along with arimistane. This will help mitigate some of these side effects. 

Also most of these effect subside after the discontinuation of the product when done with cycle. But you should still do a full post cycle therapy to ensure your body returns to normal

As explained earlier, there is no mood swings or heats of anger. No reported loss of libido either. Also, it does not convert estrogen. So no need to worry about any of those things. That is pretty good.

Make sure to get blood work done after cycle to ensure that everything has returned to normal. 

Does 1-Andro Aromatize?

1-Andro on its own does aromatize and convert estrogen. However, there is something you need to be aware of. 

Remember when I said that 1-Andro converts to 1-Testosterone given a two step process? In case you forgot. Look below.

1-Andro ------> 1-Androstenediol ------> 1-Testosterone.

Your body will metabolize 1-Andro using two different enzyme pathways. Be aware that each part of these pathways will have byproducts released from the conversion. 

Meaning when 1-Andro metabolizes, you will not only get large quantities of 1-Androstenediol but you will get very small quantities of other pro hormones as a result of the conversion. 

The same is once again true when 1-Androstenediol converts to 1-Testosterone. Many small quantities of other pro hormones are released as byproducts of the conversion. 

Your body releases byproducts whenever it metabolizes and breaks down a compound. This is a typical aspect of metabolism and every chemical compound conversion that happens in your body. 

Should this concern you? 

Maybe. Some of these byproducts do aromatize and convert to estrogen.

But they are released in very small quantities. Some of these byproducts include:

- Epiandrosterone (another popular designer steroid)
- Androsterone 
- 1-Androstenediol (1-AD diol, banned compound)
- 3b-Androstanediol
- 3a-Androstanediol
- 1-Androstenedione (1-AD dione, banned compound, can aromatize)

The products that end in "diol" cannot be converted to estrogen due to their chemical structure. Actually, those compounds are very anabolic. So no need to other about those. 

Androsterone can cover to other compounds that aromatize. 1-AD dione (what 1-Andro can directly convert to) can aromatize in higher quantities as the end result of the conversion.

However, since it converts to 1-Testosterone the chances of aromatization are minimal.  

This is not to say that these are the only byproducts of the 1-Andro metabolic breakdown. There could be more or less compounds released. 

It depends on the individual. Usually, most hardcore users do not care about it this since 1-Andro delivers steroid like results for muscle gains and fat loss. 

However, I will once again urge you to get blood work to ensure everything is normal when you are done with your cycle. 

To mitigate these concerns, I would suggest using 1-Andro in smaller quantities. This lessens the risk of byproducts coming out in large quantities. Plus there are diminishing returns to taking 1-Andro is larger quantities. 

Also have on cycle support (Arimacare Pro by Olympus Labs which contains suicidal estrogen blocker, Arimistane) on hand to combat potential estrogen rise. 

Also do a full post cycle therapy upon discontinuation of 1-Andro. After completing post cycle therapy, get blood work done. Ensure everything is good to go.

Will I Natural Testosterone Production Shutdown?

Most likely. Best case scenario, your natural testosterone production will be heavily suppressed.

Obviously, taking a lower dosage will help with this but do not expect to have the same lack of HTPA suppression as Ostarine or Ligandrol

That is not the case with 1-Andro. It is highly anabolic and pretty androgenic as well. It is a powerful designer steroid that converts to a more powerful pro hormone. 

This is why I suggest you do a full post cycle therapy at the end of your use of 1-Andro. Then get blood work done at the end of your cycle. 

Dosage And Cycle Length

Some users take up to 300 mg/day of 1-Andro. These users are usually advanced and a lot experience with pro hormones and other anabolics. 

This is not recommended for first time users of 1-Andro. I would suggest 150 mg/day of ester bound 1-Andro (I will get more into that later in the article) for first users.

The lower doses will vastly lower the chances of side effects and lower your body acclimate to the pro hormone. 

Patience and discipline are key here. Do not overload your body with a high dosage your first time out. The chances of side effects will increase dramatically and you could be putting your health at risk. 

You can still expect to gain several pounds in lean muscle mass over the  course of several weeks with this dosage. 

Take two tablets of 1-AD by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals a day. Take each tablet 8-12 hours apart and with food. 

Cycle for 4-8 weeks depending on experience with 1-Andro. First time 1-Andro users should cycle for 4-6 weeks. Experienced users can cycle from 6-8 weeks. 

Ideal Users Of 1-Andro

The ideal user of 1-Andro will have a couple very important attributes that I will discuss below. 

1) 1-Andro cannot be your first pro hormone. 1-Andro is way too strong someone to use for their first go around. Even if you have experience using SARMs, use Epiandrosterone first. 

It is very anabolic and weakly androgenic. Side effects will be minimal or nonexistent with moderate sized doses. 

You will see real gains whether bulking or cutting. More importantly, it will help get your body ready for 1-Andro. I will have a full guide on epiandrosterone soon.

2) Must be 23 years old or older. It is important not to flood your body with excess hormones before the age of 23. If you are in your teens, you can seriously mess with and stunt your growth potential. 

Contrary to popular belief, your growth plates do not stop fusing until you are 22-23 years old. They also fuse using estrogen. When excess hormones are pumped into the body, estrogen production is effected. 

1-Andro could potentially stop growth plate fusion and stunt your growth at an early age. This is no good and not worth the risk. 

Also, your testosterone and growth hormone levels for healthy guys in their early twenties is already really fucking high. That usually will not subside until your late twenties and some guys into their thirties. 

3) Must have at least two years of bodybuilding lifestyle experience. Anabolic are for advanced bodybuilders who know their bodies and will best maximize their experience, work, and results on cycle. 

You should what types of food, exercise regimes, and lifestyle choices (sleep, stress, mood, etc.) your body best responds to before even thinking about going on cycle with any anabolic compound. 

If you are inexperienced, that is fine. Do not worry about 1-Andro or any anabolic for now. 

Discipline yourself and put the work into the gym and the kitchen for 2-3 years. That is about the time it takes to achieve a top 1% physique and hit your genetic ceiling if you stay disciplined and dedicated.

Plus, newbie gains will rival the giant you would on anabolic anyway. So need to waste your money if you are a beginner on your fitness journey.

Take your time. Hit the gym hard. Experiment with different diets and exercise regimes. Learn about your body. Research different anabolic compounds and learn how to cycle them properly.  

Beginning or embarking on a new goal is always a test of your discipline and dedication. If you are on this website that is because you probably have those qualities. Use them and take it slow. 

4) Guys looking put lean muscle or cut excess fat. This goes without saying. 1-Andro is phenomenal for guys who have this in mind. It really helps pack on size and eradicate fat. 

Who Should Not Use 1-Andro

Well obviously, take into account the things I mentioned above. Because that is the idea of this section as well. But I will add one more thing. 

1) Guys who are drug tested by doping agencies of sports entities. 1-Andro is legal to sell on the market but it is banned for use in athletic competition. Thanks WADA (world anti doping agency) and USADA. 

1-Andro stays in your system anywhere from 7-14 days. Plus, who knows how the metabolites (byproducts) stay in your system for. 

Usually, WADA and USADA are pretty up to date in their testing procedures. I would only assume they have knowledge of 1-Andro and know how to properly test for it. 

So if you are a professional or collegiate athlete then forget it. Pro hormones and SARMs are off the table. You will probably have to settle for way less hardcore compounds like laxogenin

2) Guys who are unsure of their fitness goals. You need to know exactly what you want to and how you are going to do while on cycle. If not, you will not get the maximum results out of the experience. 

3) Guys who do not want side effects or HTPA shutdown. That is not the case with 1-Andro. You probably will shutdown your HTPA and have the typical side effects (hair loss, high blood pressure, prostate enlargement, etc,) of a androgenic pro hormone.

If you want similar gains without the worry of those types of side effects and small HTPA suppression then I suggest you research Ligandrol or Ostarine. These are SARMs can give you good results.  

Wait, So Will 1-Andro Eventually Be Banned?

This a legitimate question and something to take into consideration when researching any anabolic compounds. 

I am not a legal expert. Plus, the nature in which the government bans some substances can be pretty arbitrary and ambiguous.

There are plenty of compounds (nootropics, supplement ingredients, and anabolic alike) that have plenty of research behind them that prove they are safe but the FDA and DEA still ban or try to ban them. 

The ongoing battle for Kratom (late 2016) is great example of this. However, this matter can get very complex, very quickly. It is probably well beyond the scope of this article. 

You can assume there are some special incentives in play there. Nonetheless, it is clear that the FDA and DEA seem to think we are not capable of making decisions about our own bodies and health.

If I had to guess though, it 1-Andro will probably legal for awhile. 1-DHEA is already very prevalent in your body and natural metabolite. It was not banned 2014 which is a good sign. But this quickly change at any time.

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Best 1-Andro Product Available

For first time users. I recommend 1-AD from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. This is one I used back in 2014 and feel delivers the best results for first time users. 

It contains 75 mg of ester bound (prolongs the half life of the compound by slowing down its metabolic breakdown) and 50 mg of laxogenin per tablet. 

I believe the laxogenin is more use in this compound for the benefits it gives your organs and joints. It will definitely help combat some of the side effects of 1-Andro. 

All anabolic effects of laxogenin will be overshadowed by the 1-Andro. But having laxogenin in the formula, makes 1-AD by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals a more complete product. 

Make sure to have your on cycle therapy (Arimacare Pro by Olympus Labs) on hand. You will need the arimistane and organ support. 

First time users should cycle this for 4-6 weeks and then follow it up with a full post cycle therapy phase. 

Remember this should not be your first pro hormone, I recommend this for experienced anabolic users and advanced weightlifters. If that is you (which I know is a lot you guys) you are good to go. 


There you have it. There is our guide to 1-Andro. I will be updating this post every once in a while. 

Just in the cases of updates on the legal situation. Plus, more human studies 1-Andro that are done and published to the public. 

But as a recap, this compound is really powerful and can deliver steroid like gains. You will add muscle and decrease fat. 

There are side effects, as mentioned earlier. Scaling back the dosage and having on cycle therapy on hand will help minimize those side effects. 

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Until next time,

Ray Kingsman

P.S. If you are new to pro hormones, I would highly suggest Epiandrosterone. It is weakly androgenic and very anabolic. Not anabolic as 1-Andro but it body acclimated.

The product I used was
Super Epi by Olympus Labs. Take the recommended serving size for 4-6 weeks. Follow it up with a full post cycle therapy. Also you will need on cycle support.