Deca steroids are some of the most commonly used anabolic steroids available and have been for longer than most of you can remember. Most commonly deca steroids refer to the anabolic steroid nandrolone decanoate or its most famous brand name Deca Durabolin. While nandrolone decanoate (Deca Durabolin) is often referred to as simply deca in many ways this isn't an accurate label as decanoate (deca) is an ester, not the actual drug. In reality there are many deca steroids available; for that matter there are non-anabolic steroidal drugs that carry with them the decanoate ester; quite a few of them and there are also other various deca steroids that are not of the nandrolone decanoate variety; although Deca Durabolin is without a doubt the most popular.
The decanoate ester is a fatty acid and due to its fatty acid nature the effects of decanoate are very long lasting. Because of this fact, deca steroids possess some of the longest half-lives as well as some of the longest detection times of any anabolic steroid available. The popular Deca Durabolin possess a half-life of 15 days and a detection time of up to 18 months; as you can see in-terms of half-life and detection this is no joke at all.
Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid naturally found and produced in the human body. Of its many functions and benefits it can provide it is in its ability to dramatically increase lean muscle tissue mass as well as red blood cell count where nandrolone really shines. Although as an anabolic steroid this drug is available with the faster acting phenylpropionate ester the version sold with the decanoate is ester is by-in-large far more effective.
While deca steroids have proven to be some of the most useful and beneficial anabolic steroids on the market there is as with all anabolic steroids a form of proper use that will benefit you the most. As you understand once anabolic steroid use is stopped a post cycle therapy (PCT) plan is of the utmost importance. Due to decanoates long lasting effects it remains in the body for an extended period of time and if your cycle ends with the use of any of the various deca steroids you will need to wait 3-4 weeks before you begin your PCT. However, many individuals cease the use of all deca steroids in advance understanding that the sooner we can start PCT the more efficient our recovery will be. For this reason, while on cycle if an individual stops the use of all deca steroids 4 weeks before the cycles end and ends the cycle with only fast acting short ester gear, we can then start our PCT plan almost immediately. By doing so we not only stimulate a faster recovery but maintain far more gains than we would otherwise.