Have you ever heard of SARMS? It stands for Selective androgen receptor modulators and they are a unique class of androgenic drug that targets estrogen receptors.
“They are intended to have the same kind of effects as androgenic drugs like anabolic steroids but be much more selective in their action,allowing them to be used for more uses than the relatively limited legitimate uses of anabolic steroids.”
They have been gaining in popularity recently, with many online suppliers touting them as “Legal Steroids” and claiming they have many of the muscle building benefits without the dangerous side effects.
Here are the purported benefits and side effects from a website that markets SARM products:
The Benefits of SARMS
SARMS is believed to have the capacity to employ the benefits of anabolic supplements while reducing the side effects of steroids.
Non-toxic (won’t cause liver damage)
Avoids bone loss (direct action of testosterone in bone thru the AR-mediated conduit is critical for its anabolic effects in bone)
Decreases the threat of prostate problems in men without muscle mass loss
Won’t impede your HPTA
Similar effects with testosterone
No estrogen and Dihydrotestosterone (a hydrogen hormone) conversion
For muscle builders, taking SARMS will give:
Muscle loss prevention (during cutting period)
Lean muscle development
Faster injury recovery
Joint healing abilities
PCT use following anabolics
In 2017 the center for the New York Knicks, Joakim Noah, got popped pissing hot on a banned SARM substance and was suspended for 20 games.
The most popular ones are:
- MK-2866 or GTx-024 (Ostarine)
GSX-007 or S-4 (Andarine)
The FDA recently published a warning, against using SARMs in body-building products:
“We are extremely concerned about unscrupulous companies marketing body-building products with potentially dangerous ingredients. Body-building products that contain selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, have not been approved by the FDA and are associated with serious safety concerns, including potential to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and life threatening reactions like liver damage,” said Donald D. Ashley, J.D., director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We will continue to take action against companies marketing these products to protect the public health.”
The NYTimes just published a scathing piece titled A Better Body in a Pill? Experts Urge Caution on SARMs and said,
“Many athletes and gym-goers are turning to a popular but potentially dangerous new pill to help them build muscle and gain strength: a steroid alternative known as SARMs.
The pills are widely marketed online as “legal steroids” that provide the muscle-building benefits of anabolic steroids without the troubling side effects. And while the products are legal — at least so far — their spread has alarmed health authorities, who say they are not necessarily safe.
Drug companies developed SARMs, which stands for selective androgen receptor modulators, as an alternative to anabolic steroids for people who suffer from age and disease-related muscle loss. But they are the subject of ongoing clinical trials and have not been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.”