- Are SARMs safer than steroids?
From the medical literature available on SARMs, it seems as if SARMs offer a safer alternative to steroids. SARMs do not present some of the more clinically adverse side-effects related to Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.
SARMs target specific muscle-skeletal sites, specifically androgen receptors. It seems as if SARMs do not (as opposed to AAS) affect vital organs such as the heart, prostate or kidneys. Clinical research has indicated that some compounds, such as LGD4033, do affect cholesterol levels and thus have some effect on liver lipids.
Not enough medical literature and research exists to give us a thorough breakdown of the pros and cons of SARMs use. With regards to long term effects of use, those studies and literature will most probably only become available within the next decade or so. Since SARMs have only really been around since 2008, researchers and medical practitioners are only now slowly starting to see the effects of these compounds on the human body.
It is important to note that some studies, as is the case with GW501516 (although not a SARM, but a PPAR-agonist) were called off due to health concerns. All of these studies are easily obtainable through a simple google search
2. Do I need to do a pct after using SARMs?
There is evidence that SARMs do suppress natural hormone levels and hormone production. Clinical studies on LGD show suppression at low doses, whilst anecdotal experience and published bloodwork from researchers on various forums and blogs iterate this point. Many researchers claim SARMs to be the holy grail of peds but, as with most things in life, every action has an opposite and equal reaction.
SARMs do not necessarily cause complete hormonal shutdown (as opposed to something like synthetic testosterone). It seems as if the HPTA-axis may recover after SARMs use. However, SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators) may be used on the cessation of a cycle to help hormone levels normalize. This is usually advised when more than one compound is stacked (eg. Rad140 and LGD4033).
3. Do SARMs have side effects?
Yes, SARMs do have side effects. These include hormone suppression, hair loss, fatigue and water retention, to name a few. SARMs are not side effect free. Refer to question 1, “Are SARMs safer than Steroids?”.
4. Are SARMs safe for human use?
SARMs have not been cleared by the FDA for human use and are, at this stage in time, considered research chemicals intended for research purposes.
5. Is there a difference between liquids, capsules and tablets?
Depending on the vendor, doses might differ depending on liquid suspension, capsules or tablets.
Capsules and Tablets offer the same effects. It comes down to personal preference for administration.
Liquids usually come with a liquid dropper and can be mixed with another liquid (glass of water or protein shake) taken orally or put under the tongue. We advise measuring liquids carefully and mixing them with other liquids.
6. Do SARMs build muscle?
Many SARMs were created to help combat muscle-wasting diseases. This means that SARMs have the potential to sustain existing muscle and encourage muscle growth and strength gain.
Medical research has indicated that some compounds increased lean muscle mass and also increased endurance in participants of these studies.
There are many SARMs cycle logs available to read and study. Denying SARMs’ ability to cause muscle growth would be silly, however, it is important to note that these compounds were created as potential medical interventions for patients suffering muscle- and bone wasting. They are not intended to be supplements to an exercise routine.
Please read our “Sample SARMs Cycles” for more information regarding SARMs use and building muscle.
7. Do SARMs burn fat?
SARMs have the potential to cause weight loss due to various factors. They were, however, never created for this purpose.
Please read our “Sample SARMs Cycles” for more information regarding SARMs use and weight-loss / fat-loss.
8. Are SARMs legal?
SARMs have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use. The bipartisan SARMs Control Act of 2019 extends the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority to regulate anabolic steroids to include SARMs.
9. Are SARMs banned for use in Professional Sports?
Yes. Many of the compounds classified as SARMs are banned by WADA. Drug testing protocols include detection for various SARMs and many athletes have tested positive for their use.
After SARMs were first detected in athlete(s) in 2010 more effort has been introduced to regulate and discourage the use of these compounds. Up until recently, many companies included various SARMs as ingredients in their supplements.
Athletes, and said companies, often cite “accidental contamination” as an excuse for testing positive.
You can check out (https://www.wada-ama.org/en/content/what-is-prohibited) for a list of prohibited compounds.
10. How do I use SARMS?
We have done most of the groundwork, so you don’t have to. Visit our article on ‘Sample SARMs Cycles’. We encourage our readers to do thorough research on any and all compounds. We also encourage our readers to study existing medical literature that is available through on the internet.
Despite the claims that SARMs are safer than most other PEDs available, we highly encourage independent research.
11. What are the best SARMs for bulking, cutting and fat-loss?