SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) are one of the most fascinating modern performance enhancing compounds available today. Although none are approved by the FDA (federal drug administration), several are in trials and the hope is that one day they will be used in modern medicine to replace stronger drugs and hormones. Meanwhile, athletes of all stripes have taken advantage of the incredible benefits, using them to their advantage. In this article, we’ll dig deeper and discover the facts, myths, and benefits for SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators).
History of SARMs
SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) have been researched for the past 75 years by playing with hormone molecules. Research has expanded over the past 20 to 25 years, and pharmaceutical companies hope to be able to approve the use of these compounds for hormone replacement, bone health, joint health, muscle wasting, and increased appetite.
The problem with anabolic steroids
There was a time when anabolic steroids were prescribed for many ailments and to this day testosterone is given to those in need of a boost of their hormones. The problem is that steroids cause some very severe side effects including:
- Virilization problems
- Estrogen problems
- Androgenic side effects
- Heart strain
- Prostate problems
- Hair loss on the head
- Hormonal ups and downs
- Destruction of joint and ligament health.
- Permanent reproductive dysfunction
As you can see from this list, there are a lot of problems, so the goal is for SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) to be a much safer alternative. Are they as strong as anabolic steroids? Of course, no. But you will still get good results using them and achieve your goals at a much slower and safer pace.
Types of SARMs
There are actually many different types of SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators), and there are some that are sold as such, but they are actually something else. It sounds confusing, but let me explain the main ones we use in the fitness world.
MK677 Nutrobal- Ibutamoren:
This is not a SARM (selective androgen receptor modulator), rather it is a growth hormone secretagogue. This means that it causes an increase in growth hormone and IGF-1 (insulin growth factor 1) in the body by adding existing hormones. One of the benefits of this is an increase in appetite and an increase in the quality of sleep. Over time, you can expect better recovery, loss of body fat, and an increase in lean muscle mass. It is not suppressive, so it is completely safe to use at any time. The dose is generally 12.5-50mgs per day.
GW501516-Cardarine and SR9009-Stenabolic:
Neither are SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators), but they are popularly stacked with them. Both are amazing with increasing stamina and helping with fat loss. They are also safe to use anytime as they are not hormonal either.
GW501516-Cardarine is a peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPAR) agonist and is administered at 10-20mgs per day. SR9009-Stenabolic is a Rev-ErbA agonist and is administered at 5-20 mg 1-2 hours before exercise.
The next group is actually SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) and they are:
Pharmaceutical companies had hoped it would be able to treat prostate problems. It is now used in the fitness industry for fat loss, lean muscle mass, and increased strength. The normal dose ranges from 25 to 100 mg per day.
Pharmaceutical companies currently have this in clinical trials and it is wonderful for preventing muscle wasting. It is also great for soft tissue, joint, and bone health. Athletes love gaining lean muscle mass at a dose of 5-20mgs per day.
Currently in clinical trials for bone health and muscle wasting. Athletes use it to build medium muscle, increase strength, and for its joint support. Dosages range from 20-50mgs per day.
The hope was that it would replace anabolic hormones for replacement therapy. It’s considered the strongest of the bunch and is great for lean muscle mass, strength, and bone health. The dosage is typically 10-20mgs per day.
SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) will and will not:
- They don’t strain your organs.
- Do not permanently or severely close your Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Testis-Shaft (HPTA)
- They will not cause long-term reproductive harm
- Don’t cause prostate problems
- They are safe for your hair.
- Really good for joints, bones, and ligaments.
- They only slightly suppress your hypothalamus-pituitary-testes-axis (HPTA)
- Do not provoke androgens such as aggression or anger
Where to buy SARMs and their legality
Fake SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) are frequently found because some sellers come from black market powder from China. It is very important to buy only from places you can trust.
Legal SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) are in a gray area. Credit processors and online auction sites like eBay and Amazon have banned its sale. Congress is expected to strengthen laws against them in the next year or two.
Female use of SARMs
SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) are certainly safe for use by women. The most popular stack for females is GW501516-Cardarine with LGD4033-Anabolicum. It will give women fat loss, lean muscle and strength, and it will also help with soft tissues.