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Turinabol vs Anavar: which steroid is better?

Turinabol vs Anavar: which steroid is better?

Turinabol (chlordehydromethyltestosterone) and Anavar (oxandrolone) are oral anabolic steroids widely used by bodybuilders and athletes to increase competitiveness.

Despite the obvious differences in chemical structure, Anavar and Turinabol are relatively similar in their effects on the physique.

Turinabol is a derivative of methandrostenolone (dianabol), hence its nickname "children's dbol". Anavar is a derivative of DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

Increase in muscle and strength mass

Anavar and Turinabol are considered relatively mild compounds in the anabolic steroid family. However, their benefits in terms of muscle hypertrophy and strength are far from weak.

Turinabol is a more effective mass building steroid and is generally considered a muscle building steroid. Anavar, however, is taken predominantly in cutting cycles, with less mass gain compared to Turinabol.

We have seen beginners typically gain over 7kg of lean muscle mass on Turinabol in a 6 week cycle. On Anavar, beginners can expect to gain up to 4-6 kg.

Anavar and Turinabol are both powerful strength-boosting drugs, which is surprising to some, since both of these drugs do not aromatize, which means that weight gain is not excessive.

Fat loss

None of the drugs leads to weight loss due to simultaneous muscle growth.

However, both drugs cause a decrease in subcutaneous fat mass by limiting water retention.

Turinabol directly burns a moderate amount of fat, simply being a form of exogenous testosterone (a hormone that burns fat). Turinabol is an appropriate weight loss steroid for some athletes due to its ability to inhibit extracellular water retention and thus increase muscle definition.

Anavar is a unique anabolic steroid for fat loss because it has a stimulating effect on triiodothyronine (T3) levels. T3 is an active thyroid hormone that greatly enhances lipolysis (fat loss).

Anavar increases T3 levels by inhibiting TBG (thyroid-binding globulin) and increasing TBP (thyroxine-binding prealbumin). This process effectively increases the conversion of T4 to T3. This is good news for bodybuilders, since T4 (thyroxine) is an inactive thyroid hormone, while T3 is a hormone that stimulates fat loss.

Anabolic steroids, including Turinabol, reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat, but increase the amount of visceral fat. That is why bodybuilders, despite thinness, can have a swollen stomach.

Anavar is an exception to this rule, as athletes have seen a reduction in both subcutaneous and visceral fat mass due to improved insulin sensitivity.

Thus, bodybuilders note a greater overall fat loss on Anavar (compared to Turinabol), especially in the middle part of the body due to the reduction in WF.

However, it should be noted that the anabolic properties of Turinabol and Anavar are superior to their ability to induce fat loss.

Turinabol and Anavar for women

Very few anabolic steroids are taken by women due to fear of virilizing effects and consequences such as:

  • deepening of the voice;
  • enlargement of the clitoris;
  • hair growth (on the body);
  • androgen-induced alopecia;
  • jaw hypertrophy;
  • an increase in the laryngeal protrusion (Adam's apple).

However, women have had great success in preventing the above side effects of Turinabol and Anavar when taken at conservative doses.

This is not surprising given the original motivation behind the creation of each of these anabolic steroids. In the case of Anavar, scientists were trying to create a drug that promotes anabolism in patients suffering from cachexia (muscle wasting) and growth retardation, including men, women and children. Thus, according to their plan, Anavar was not supposed to have a masculinizing effect.

German scientists created Turinabol with the intention of helping their country become an Olympic superpower. Turinabol has been known to be used by female gymnasts and swimmers, so to rule out any suspicion of foul play, it was in the interests of physicians to synthesize a compound that would allow women to retain their feminine qualities.

Abuse of Turinabol, expressed in the use of high dosages or long cycles (more than 5-6 weeks), increases the risk of masculinization.

Side effects

Turinabol and Anavar are some of the best steroids in terms of safety in terms of test results. While all anabolic steroids have a negative impact on the athlete's overall health, these two drugs are the least damaging.


When using Anavar and Turinabol, hepatotoxicity is observed, which is normal, since both drugs are c-17-alpha-alkylated compounds. So, the indicators of ALT (alanine aminotransferase) and AST (aspartate aminotransferase) increase moderately.

For most bodybuilders, this is rarely a problem as the liver is resilient and self-healing. However, bodybuilders with or with a history of liver problems (and those taking hepatotoxic drugs) should refrain from taking all oral anabolic steroids.


All anabolic steroids have a negative effect on the state of the cardiovascular system, but Turinabol and Anavar, judging by the results of blood tests, are among the least cardiotoxic.

This is unique to oral steroids, which usually have a stronger effect on cholesterol levels because they stimulate hepatic lipase, a liver enzyme that negatively affects HDL cholesterol levels.

Anadrol, Dianabol, Superdrol and Winstrol are particularly cardiotoxic oral steroids. However, the mild nature of the action of Turinabol and Anavar reduces the risk of developing hypertension.

Note: We advise avoiding all anabolic steroids for those who have high blood pressure or cardiomyopathy in their family.

Testosterone suppression

When taking any anabolic steroid, a temporary suppression of endogenous testosterone necessarily occurs.

The extent of this suppression can range from moderate to complete halt of the HPTA (hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis).

In the case of Anavar and Turinabol, a moderate decrease in testosterone is observed, the level of which often recovers to natural peak values ​​a few weeks after the end of the cycle.

With effective PCT (Post Cycle Therapy), this recovery process can take as little as 30 days.

Excessive use of anabolic steroids without sufficient rest between cycles leads to a delay in the recovery of endogenous testosterone.

Hair loss

Some argue that Anavar does not cause hair loss as it lacks the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, resulting in Anavar having a low androgenic rating of 25.

However, Anavar is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for the miniaturization of hair follicles on the scalp.

Therefore, some athletes (men and women) often complain of thinning hair during cycles. Often after a cycle, when DHT levels return to normal, this can change, however, it has been observed that regular cycles and an individual's predisposition to baldness have accelerated hair loss with long-term use of Anavar.

Turinabol is a derivative of methandrostenolone (Dianabol), which has a very low androgenicity and is not a DHT-derived steroid. Thus, it can be concluded that Turinabol is a safer steroid in terms of maintaining hair thickness and preventing recession.


Some bodybuilders may consider Turinabol to be the best steroid if building lean muscle mass is their priority, as Turinabol will add a few more kilos of lean muscle compared to Anavar.

However, Anavar is a more optimal steroid for cutting, as its lipolytic (fat burning) effect is more pronounced.

In terms of safety and side effects, both steroids are very similar and have a milder nature, unlike other anabolic steroids.

10 July, 2023

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