The main reason guys have issues on PCT is because their T:E gets too low and cortisol comes up during the cycle to counterbalance high T levels- so the goal in PCT is to keep E at bay while raising T levels and reducing cortisol concurrently. You tend to lose a good bit of LH activity on a heavy cycle due to androgen feedback on the HPTA, and when the AR in the pituitary and hypothalamus become heavily bound- GnRH no longer pulses, so no more LH or FSH is released into the blood. No LH, no signal to the testes to produce T or spermatogenesis. Carnitine levels also plunge significantly in the testes as well under these conditions- and this compound is vital in natural testosterone production/spermatogenesis.
Key is to keep carnitine levels stable, keep E at bay, lower cortisol, and to stimulate LH release, which will bring up T levels.
Some legitimate LH releasers
HCG- 250 iu 3x a week during a cycle will stop shutdown during a cycle
Forskolin @ 50 mg/day of 100% extract or equivalent lower dosage with lower extract- it increases cAMP better than anything else out there, which increases LH secretion.
Res-v is a decent choice @ 750 mg/day of the 100% extract- it increases cAMP, which increases LH secretion
E antagonists/aromatase inhibitors
6-Bromo @ 50 mg day- lowers estrogen levels and increases free testosterone in a non-suppressive manner
Clomid @ 50 mg/day- lowers estrogen levels and increases free test
Nolva @ 20 mg/day- lowers estrogen levels and increases free test
6,7 benzoflavone might be a good choice- it antagonizes the E receptor and can normalize T:E
Icariin @ 250 mg/day of 100% extract or equivalent lower dosage with lower extract- is a strong flavone that acts as both a SERM and a SARM and antagonizes E receptor so in this case 500 mg of the 50%, 1,250/day of the 20%, etc. Icariin also inhibits PDE-5 and increases cGMP and therefore NOS and NO- this allows for increased LH secretion as well (hint: 2nd Gear/Drive/ALCAR is a VERY good idea for PCT- RPM would be a good add-in as well).
ALCAR or L-Carnitine
2-4 grams per day will work wonders to get things up and running- it is a supp that has been around forever, but is phenomenal for a lot of different purposes
Recommendations for PCT
Dirk's recommendations (from what has worked for him) and does not allude to any specific product:
* 6- Bromo 50-100 mg/day (lowers E)
* Forskolin equivalent to 50 mg/day (increases LH)
* Creatine Mono 5 grams per day (keeps CP stores high- this will increase nitrogen retention naturally)
* Strong Anti-Oxidant (lowers cortisol levels and free radical damage)
* Omega 3's 2-3 grams/day (increases insulin sensitvity and normalizes cholesterol)
* Cissus Quadrangularis 1000 mg/day of 50% extract (keeps cortisol levels low)
* ALCAR 2-4 grams/day (keeps spermatogenesis going and helps maintain endogenous T)