By: Hassan Shafiq

Supplements and Steroids; both these terms have been and are being used interchangeably to denote the same thing. However, this is not the case as Allsportspk will enlighten you about the differences that sets these two apart from each other.

Whether you are a normal person or an athlete, after reading this article you will get a general idea about supplements and steroids, their benefits and side-affects.

Dietary Supplements

Supplements are anything that contain some form of dietary nutrients and can be consumed orally by a person.

Contrary to the popular opinion, dietary supplements are safe in nature and even doctors recommend them regularly to some of their patients.

These supplements are also regularly used by athletes to successfully increase their endurance, agility, strength, speed etc.

However, there are many supplements that are not what they advertise themselves to be.

These fake supplements have caused several health problems in many individuals and athletes alike. And, in some severe cases intake of these so-called supplements have even caused death.

So, extreme caution must be exercised and only original product should be sought from a reliable store.

However, in no way shape or form can dietary supplements replace real food. This is a misunderstanding that many athletes and individuals are not aware of.

You have to take your complete nutrition through real food and if after that you require any additional supplementation you use supplements in your diet.

Some of the popular supplements that are currently in the market are:

1)     Creatine

2)     Protein Supplements

3)     Branched Amino Acids

4)     Beta-Alanine

5)     Carnitine


Steroids are referred “Anabolic Steroids” or “Growth Hormones” and these hold quite a reputation in the sports industry.

As you may have guessed many athletes take these anabolic steroids to gain a temporary advantage on the field. Most of these steroids are injected however, many are also taken orally by an athlete.

This process of taking steroids is called “doping” in all the sports. And, all sports associations takes serious actions against an athlete if it is proven that he has been involved in doping.

The athlete can be fined and suspended for a temporary period or for life depending upon the degree of the offence.

Unlike, dietary supplements Steroids have only temporary benefits accompanied by a huge list of health problems.

Steroids have taken the life of many especially athletes that are competing in the sport of bodybuilding. Most of the time a bodybuilder takes these steroids for the sole purpose to increase muscle mass in order to look good on the stage.

But on the contrary, it results in him getting severe side effects and in some cases.

Steroids have short-term and long-term effects on an individual that takes them regularly. Some of them include:

Short-term effects

  • Decreased sperm count.
  • Acne.
  • Mood swings.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Fatigue.
  • Restlessness/ agitation.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Impotence.

Long-term effects

  • Growth of breast tissue in men.
  • Rapid mood swings.
  • Fertility issues.
  • Stroke.
  • Heart problems.
  • Elevated blood pressure.

These are the few names of steroids that are currently available in the market and are used by many athletes and non-athletes alike:

  • Anabol
  • Androstenedione
  • Winstrol
  • Deca-Durabol
  • THG
  • Genabol
  • HGH.

 So, Are Supplements and Steroids One And The Same Thing Or Not?

No. As you may have read above there is a huge difference between the two. Supplements are generally healthy for a normal person or an athlete however precaution and medical advice should be sought before using them.

Also, supplements no matter how reliable they can never be a replacement of real food as there is no substitute for natural nutrition.

On the other side, Steroids pose a potential risk to your health and they should be avoided at all costs.


The published content is only for information purposes, therefore, it should not be construed as a final health and fitness advice. Even if the content is correct the readers and/or users are advised to seek professional medical advice. Never ignore or delay a professional medical advice because of something you have read.


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