We all want MORE GAINS overnight and it looks like SARMs could be the “legal” answer for many of us. But at the end of the day did we find a miracle drug to build more muscle faster? Or are SARMs just another shortcut to more gains with high risks of terrible side effects?
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In a world that is evidently becoming less “natty” by the minute, it has come to my attention that people are constantly looking for NEW shortcuts for gains, and SARMS are starting to be the next big thing. In fact, word on the street is that SARMs are safe, have virtually no side effects, and most importantly, they’ll get you those GAINS!!!
Well, just like most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! So, let’s take an in-depth, UNBIASED look at SARMs, discuss their benefits and risks, and be sure to stay tuned until the very end, because I will be sharing my own opinion on whether or not I think they’re worth the risk.
What Exactly Are SARMs?
For those of you who don’t know, SARMs are a group of compounds called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, and they’re essentially DRUGS that are structurally very similar to anabolic steroids…Which should tell you something!!! But like I said… I will remain unbiased… for now.
As of today, there are quite a few types SARMs on the market, and unlike prohormones, they’re currently legal for over-the-counter purchase. As for research on SARMS, well… it has been very limited so far but it definitely looks promising. They appear to help build muscle & strength, accelerate fat loss and increase overall sports performance to a level comparable to steroids, but without as many side effects. Now, although the majority of studies have been performed on rodents, SARMs are still an interesting subject that merits discussion.
How Do SARMs Work & How Do They Compare To Steroids?
To understand how SARMs work, we first have to briefly look at how hormones function in the human body. Imagine, if you will, hormones are chemical messengers. They help carry messages from cell to cell, successfully establishing communication among them. These messages are usually vital instructions and commands and as they reach their target-cell, the instructions are carried out. Simple, right?
ANDROGENS are hormones that are associated with masculinity. They regulate the development and maintenance of MALE characteristics by binding to androgen receptors in the body, and perhaps the most commonly known androgen is testosterone. When you introduce anabolic steroids like testosterone to your body, with testosterone being a hormone, all of the following three things are going to happen to a different extent:
The testosterone will bind to your cells’ androgen receptors.
It will be converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which also binds to androgen receptors.
Some of it will be converted to the female hormone, estradiol, which is essentially estrogen and binds to your cells’ estrogen receptors.
And here’s the English translation – Introducing steroid-like hormones like testosterone to your system will bring about anabolic, androgenic AND some estrogenic effects. But what you want exclusively the most is the anabolic effects! Those lead to increased muscle protein synthesis which results in more muscle growth and accelerated fat loss. What you don’t want are their androgenic and estrogenic effects. This is because the androgenic part of steroids is responsible for accelerated hair growth, man boobs, acne, and other side affects you probably don’t want.
The other serious concern with steroids is the strong possibility of side effects even in low and controlled dosages. This is why I get so MAD when people say “if you do it right…steroids are safe”. The truth is any side effects can happen at any level of usage, and these side effects may include high blood pressure, progression of heart disease, increased LDL cholesterol, mood swings, hair loss, sexual dysfunction and liver cirrhosis, just to name a few. That’s usually why people ultimately decide steroids are not worth the risk.
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