What is T3 (Cytomel)?
Cytomel is a synthetic form of the endogenous thyroid hormone triiodothyronine (T-3). Thyroid hormones are the primary regulators of body metabolism, and effect virtually all organ systems. T3 is the hormone that displays the most pronounced activity in the body, although there are a number of other hormones and precursors in this group.
What Are T3’s effects?
Thyroid drugs are advantageous to the athlete for their ability to markedly increase the metabolic rate (affecting the rate in which proteins, fats and carbohydrates are utilized by the body). In particular, the use of thyroid drugs can have a dramatic impact on an individuals body-fat stores. So much that many bodybuilders find it possible to shred off excess fat without the same level of caloric restrictions needed with “natural” diets. Dieting is in fact very difficult for most people, because the body will quickly notice a deficit in food intake, and will respond by reducing the level of thyroid hormones in the blood. This makes it increasingly more difficult for the average person to consistently lose weight during a diet, as the body is constantly striving to lower its daily need for calories. Thyroid use clearly circumvents this problem, making this type of drug use very popular among serious competitors. These drugs are not without side effects however, which include, but are not limited to, heart palpitations, agitation, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, headaches, and psychic/metabolic disorders. Cytomel is a powerful hormone, one that can permanently alter the functioning of the body if it is misused. When administering it, one must take caution to increase the dosage slowly. It is also a good recommendation to take no more than 100mcg daily.