What are SARMS ?
What are SARMs ?
Chances are you’ve heard about SARMs, but you’re not quite sure what they are.
SARMs is short for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. The main reason why SARMs were created was to help treat various conditions such as obesity and muscle wasting diseases. Due to their unique properties, they are currently being used by bodybuilders and other athletes.
These compounds have been around for quite a while, but most of them are still being researched to this day to find out what potential they could have in the medical world.
SARMs are considered to be a safer alternative to other performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and prohormones.
As you might already know, some steroids are prescribed to patients with, for example, muscle wasting diseases.
But the problem with steroids is that they have side effects. You’ve probably heard of people experiencing things such as acne and hair loss and other nasty side effects from using steroids.
This is not the case with SARMs. They work completely different than most performance enhancers do. The term SARM pretty much speaks for itself, they selectively bind to the androgen receptors. The fact that these compounds are selective in their actions is what makes them so great. By being selective in everything they do, you won’t be experiencing any horrible side effects.
SARMS VS STEROIDS
You will often see people compare Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) vs Anabolic Androgenic Steroids.
Compounds such as Testosterone and Trenbolone are known for increasing muscle mass very rapidly, but they also carry a lot of side effects.
SARMs have a different mechanism than steroids do. This allows them to build muscle in a similar way but without horrible side effects.
Don’t get me wrong, these compounds are not 100% side effect free. You can definitely experience things like suppressed hormone levels and nausea but it’s nothing compared to the side effects of steroids.
A few selective androgen receptor modulators, in particular, are said to actually mimic the anabolic effects of steroids. Testolone and S-23 are hands down the closest thing to actual steroids.
Some users even choose to stack SARMs and Steroids together. You will often see people run Testolone and Ligandrol along their steroid cycle. Mainly as a Kickstarter for the cycle.
It is said they are also much easier to recover from.
There are currently four SARMs that are most famous. These are used worldwide by athletes and body builders with unbeatable trust.
MK-2866 is readily available on the market. It is a top choice for athletes since it is capable of building lean muscle mass while re-comping. Having said that it also reduces testosterone levels if used heavily for a long period of time. But users report that once they stopped taking it, the levels became normal after a week. There are no official recommendations on dosage. But on a period of eight weeks, about five to twenty milligrams per day should be enough. Wait for results for a whole month until administering more.
Currently, it is the most thrilling SARM on this list. It does the usual thing an SARM would do, but it might also be a cure for Alzheimer disease, possibly. Dosage should be between five and thirty milligrams, and you should administer it for no more than 8 to 12 weeks in any cycle. After this time period, you should administer a PCT depending on your testosterone levels after the cycle. Preferably for six to eight weeks, depending on the dose and duration of the cycle of RAD140.
To understand what cardarine is, you need to understand what it is not. While most people lump cardarine into the class of SARMs, this chemical compound is not a SARM but rather a PPARδ (delta) receptor agonist.
It’s important to distinguish this fact because cardarine’s primary influence on the body is in opposition to many SARMs.
Cardarine is a good option for those looking to reduce body fat alongside improving other metabolic-related benefits.
Under its chemical label GW-501516, cardarine was first developed primarily to treat dyslipidemia; or abnormal amounts of fat and cholesterol in the blood. But once trials began, it became apparent that cardarine might have other therapeutic benefits.
In addition to successfully improving lipid profiles, it was realized that cardarine as a PPAR receptor agonist would be a powerful agent for treating obesity, enhancing metabolism and potentially even preventing or treating metabolic disease states like Type II Diabetes.
SARMS vs. Prohormones
Prohormones were the first ones introduced to the market. However, steroids or testosterone supplements don’t have the muscle growth effects of authentic steroids and they carry the same adverse side effects making them unsafe for human use.
SARMS are more of an upgrade of anabolic steroids. It can be administered orally, minimizing the effects in testosterone blood levels. SARMS are also believed to cure various diseases which steroids and other medicines treated earlier. It also shows promise to replace androgen which can yield similar desirable results on muscle tissue as steroids.
According to a study conducted by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), approximately tenth of the worlds athletic population uses SARMS (particularly Ostarine) to enhance their body and performance (which is considered a safe performance boost).
Studies have shown the ability of SARMs to increase muscle and bone mass dramatically in animals while having no adverse impact on the prostate. Phase I trials of SARMs in humans have also reported significant increases in lean muscle mass. The two most talked about SARMs among bodybuilders are SARM S-4 a.k.a. Acetamidoxolutamide and SARM S-1: a.k.a. Ostarine or MK 2866.
How Do SARMS Work?
As we age, our endurance, power and skeletal muscle mass deteriorate due to the loss of type 2 muscle fibers. This hinders individuals to function normally. With SARMS, skeletal muscle mass and strength in androgen-deficient people can be enhanced.
There are 2 types of administering SARMS – orally or in injectable dosages. The anabolic effect is expected to be the same as testosterone. Moreover, it’s also said to produce dose-dependent improvements in bone mineral density and motorized strength apart from the ability to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass.
SARMS link to the same receptors that old steroids such as Dianabol and testosterone would connect to, but minus the drawbacks and side effects of traditional steroids and prohormones. This is a fresh start in the advancement of muscle pharmacology as SARMS can help enhance muscle mass while helping you reduce body fat and boost athletic performance beyond your imagination.
What all this means for gym enthusiasts, health fanatics and athletes is that there is now an alternative to older medications such a pro-hormones and steroids which won't have the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects while being effective at achieving the desired effects.