There are supplements and products that build muscle rapidly but in return have serious side effects.
Although they are known for quick muscle development, steroids are extremely detrimental to the body’s overall health, having been directly linked with kidney, lung and heart failure. They literally melt you from the inside out. I have been in the gyms for years now and have watched the number of guys who take steroids increase dramatically; in the 20 some odd years that I have been a gym-rat I have seen guys who partake in these substances grow large for a while, become aggressive, have their skin begin to look like a moonscape and in the end be told by their doctors that they either stop taking steroids or die. Many will have you believe that if you take them in moderation, the side effects are minimal or non-existent; the problem is that like crack cocaine and heroin, steroids are addictive even though they do not produce a euphoric state, especially once you discover how easy it is to develop a body through them. Steroids increases facial hair, baldness, nervousness, bad breath, and much more. Doctors sometimes prescribe their patients steroids because of the androgenic element, which helps synthesize testosterone, giving much needed help to patients whose bodies do not produce enough on their own. Doctors however prescribe only about 4-10 mg a day, whereas an athlete may take up to 100mg a day. Steroids are not safe even in small doses, unless your body is lacking testosterone.
Human growth hormones have primarily become popular in the battle against aging and weight management. The reported effects of human growth hormone on deficient patients include decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin tone and texture, increased sexual function and improve the body’s immune system function. These tests, however, were not done on healthy people. Many of the functions of HGH are still unknown due to it being highly complex. My personal experience with this hormone is only from what I have witnessed. One person comes to mind specifically: a gentleman, who from my opinion had it going on for him in all categories, tall, handsome face, hair, tanned smooth skin. I watched his body increase rapidly in size, and not only in muscle but bone density throughout his body, including his face. What was once considered an extraordinarily attractive man now looks like the hulk, without the green skin.