What are SARMs?
Scientifically speaking, selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) are investigational androgen receptor ligands that have anabolic properties. In simpler terms, they’re therapeutic compounds that have similar properties to anabolic steroids, but they have far lower androgenic properties, which means they’re significantly less likely to produce male characteristics. This makes them a particularly popular option among women who are seeking the benefits that steroids offer without appearing too masculine.
There are many different types of SARMs. Here is a brief look at some of the most popular options.
• Ostarine is one of the best-known and most researched SARMs. It was originally developed with combating muscle-wasting diseases like osteoporosis in mind, but anecdotal evidence shows it is an effective performance enhancer.
• Andarine is an investigational SARM that was developed as an alternative treatment for muscle-wasting diseases thanks to its ability to increase strength and accelerate muscle growth.
• Ligandrol is one of the SARMs that has undergone some human clinical trials, which have shown that it can be very effective at small doses in enhancing muscle mass and strength, although some hormonal suppression was reported.
• Testolone is considered one of the strongest SARMs, and users have reported impressive results in lean muscle mass improvement.
Reported Benefits of SARMs
Increased muscle mass
One of the main reasons people turn to SARMs is a desire to build muscle mass. While SARMs are a broad category and different ones might provide different results, they are generally known for building lean muscle mass rather than the bulky muscle mass associated with extreme bodybuilders, making them desirable among women who want an athletic but feminine physique. Of course, it is important to remember that SARMs are not a “quick fix.” The results you get will depend on your workout and diet to some extent as well. For the best increases in muscle mass, you need to make sure you are doing the right workouts and fueling your body with the proper foods in conjunction with using SARMs.
What are SARMs?
SARMs are often used by people who wish to increase their strength. In fact, some users report that they have helped them to break strength plateaus.
Reduced recovery time
SARMs are great for those who are looking to get in more workouts because they may reduce your post-workout recovery time. This means that any soreness experienced after workouts may fade sooner, putting you in a better position to get back to the gym again quickly.
Reduced body fat
Another popular benefit of SARMs is their reported ability to promote fat loss in the body. In addition to gaining muscle, they can help people to lose fat, which brings them much closer to their body composition goals.
Indeed, the very process of building muscle itself can help the body burn fat. Muscle on its own, contrary to popular belief, does not burn fat, but the more muscle mass you have, the greater your resting metabolic rate will be. This means your body will burn more calories, even at rest. As long as you follow sound eating habits, your body’s increased demand for calories at rest when you have more lean muscle mass could lead to overall weight loss and fat burning.
Are SARMS safe?
SARMs, like other performance enhancers, do cause some side effects in some people, but they are typically much lighter than steroids, which is one of their biggest draws.
They have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and there are some concerns that they could raise the risk of heart attack, stroke or liver damage. These are very serious effects that must be measured carefully in in-depth medical trials. Some of the other reported side effects include libido loss, mood swings, hair loss, gynecomastia, testosterone suppression, headaches and nausea.
If you choose to use SARMs, be sure to follow the dosage instructions. Listen to your body, and stop taking them if you believe they are causing negative effects. Keep the packaging of all supplements you use and discuss any concerning effects with your doctor.
It is also important to ensure you are getting your SARMs from trusted sources. Some companies are selling SARMs that are spiked with other substances, which may reduce their efficacy and cause additional side effects. Be sure to seek reputable suppliers to avoid this potentially dangerous problem.
Some types of SARMs, such as ostarine, are suppressive and may require post-cycle therapy to balance hormones.
SARMs vs Steroids
Many people use SARMs as an alternative to steroids. Here’s a look at a few key differences:
• SARMS have fewer known side effects than steroids. This is likely because they target muscles, while steroids impact the entire body.
• SARMS are taken orally, whereas most steroids are injected. This means that SARMs do not pose the risk of infection that anabolic steroids do.
• Steroids are illegal. SARMs are not technically illegal, but they are not regulated by the FDA, and it may be difficult to find reputable products.
Many people are reporting positive results from using SARMs to enhance performance and build lean muscle mass. However, it is important to keep in mind that SARMs, despite their great promise, are not approved as nutritional supplements or as stimulants for athletes.
Instead, they should be thought of as experimental substances that are still being researched, which means that we just don’t know all of their side effects yet. Although many people use them for performance reasons without experiencing problems, keep in mind that they are currently sold only for clinical research and scientific use.