An Introduction to SARMs
SARMs stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. But what does that mean?
The first thing you should know about SARMs is that they’re usually used as supplements for building muscle. You might be more familiar with Steroids for this effect. SARMs act similarly to steroids but have key differences that make them safer to use.
How Steroids Work
Steroids work by increasing the protein production in our cells, which helps build muscle. This makes steroids effective for bodybuilding. They also promote appetite, stimulate growth, and increase testosterone levels.
Steroids do this by helping our cells trigger their natural function more readily. Our cells produce proteins even without steroids, steroids just give them a push to work on overdrive.
However, steroids also bring many unwanted side effects. These may include an increase in blood pressure, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, and addiction, among other issues. The addictive side effect of steroids is why it’s considered a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Long-term use of steroids can also result in irreversible health damages.
How SARMs Work
SARMs work like steroids with some important differences. Steroids affect any kind of cell that they can attach themselves to. SARMs, on the other hand, work by attaching only to muscle and bone cells. This is why they’re called “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators.” They only affect selected cells to receive boosted function.
To put it simply, steroids affect anything they can reach. This can overload any cells that it can get its hands on, forcing them to produce more proteins whether or not it’s beneficial for that particular cell. SARMs, on the other hand, choose which cells are meant to produce proteins for muscle and bodybuilding. The cells do what they are meant to do, thus preventing imbalance in the body.
SARMs also leave little to no trace of their presence after the work is done, unlike steroids. However, SARMs, much like other products, can come with side effects if abused.
What are the Effects of SARMs?
While SARMs don’t have an official medical use (yet), they have other benefits beyond muscle growth. Researchers continue to study the effects of SARMs to uncover their potential. The following are benefits that bodybuilders can gain from SARMs:
- Reduced muscle loss
- Improved strength
- Faster recovery from joint pains and injuries
- Improved endurance
In addition to these benefits, here are effects of SARMs in comparison to steroids:
- No Bone Loss
- Avoids Prostate Issues
- Avoids Hormonal Imbalance
- Does not contain Estrogen
- No Liver Damage
How Safe are SARMs?
In moderation, SARMs are safe. It’s highly advisable to consult your doctor about SARMs and follow the dosage guidelines your doctor recommends. Given that the effects of SARMs are more gradual than steroids, it’s best to stick with the recommended dosage to prevent any potential unwanted effects.
SARMs are also legal. You can purchase them as oral supplements quite readily. However, SARMs are still a performance-enhancing drug, therefore they are not permitted for use in professional sports. For competitions and sports, hard work is still the way to go.
What SARMs are on the market?
With the increasing research, there are plenty of types of SARMs to choose from. What’s important to keep in mind is their formulations. Here are some of the more popular SARMs that you can choose from:
This formula is one of the most potent per dosage. On average, it has nearly 12 times the potency compared to other common SARMs in the same dosage level. This formula is recommended for cutting cycles to avoid muscle loss.
It comes with the chance of a side effect, however. This formula may affect the HPTA hormones or the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Testes-Axis. In this case, it’s advisable to use this formula in moderation and pair it with SERM or Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator.
This formula is otherwise known as Nutrabol or Ibutamoren. This formula stimulates appetite, energy and growth hormones. Its effects can be noticeable within 3 to 6 weeks of continuous moderate doses.
The increased growth hormone may also induce deep sleep and slight tingling of the hands. It’s best to take this formula by increasing the dosage every month and stopping after the third month.
This formula is fairly new to the market. It has an anabolic to androgenic ratio of 90:1. This suggests that for every 90 units of muscle building will only yield 1 unit of potential side effect. This promises efficiency in gains with less possible problems.
Before taking in SARMs, remember to consult your doctor. Follow the dosage as instructed by your doctor for best results and minimizing side effects.