The Most Popular SARMS Available
Many bodybuilders and athletes looking for a boost in their gains and increased performance potential often turn to steroids largely because it is effective even if one has to risk some of the side effects. Unfortunately, the side effects are also a big reason many avoid steroids, instead of turning to natural supplements. There is one more option between the two, however, and it certainly seems very promising. Here we take a closer look at SARMs and the top 5 SARMs that are viable alternatives to steroid use.
What are SARMS and how do they work?
SARMs are also known as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. They are synthetic and have been developed to treat various conditions. They have a lot of potentials and because they are still basically experimental, they are also legal and easily available over the counter. Still the research and testing phase, but found to be an effective alternative to steroids, SARMs are banned in professional and college sports. This means they are probably effective enough to classify as performance-enhancing and as such are banned in professional sports and athletics.
SARMs are a class of compounds that work in ways similar to anabolic steroids. Steroids are still the more effective option but come with far more risks and side effects. While not technically illegal, they are also not FDA approved and most SARMs sales are in the name of medical research. They are also not legal or approved for use in dietary supplements.
Androgens are a group of hormones produced by the body – testosterone is an androgen and it is perhaps the best-known one. Androgens are responsible for male traits and reproductive health. Women also produce androgen, but in small amounts and with different functions. The reason it’s important to understand androgens is that they are vital to understanding how SARMs work.
SARMs work by modulating the body’s androgens. They are specifically designed and formulated to target very specific areas like muscle and bone wasting and promotion of growth. SARMs can be taken both orally or injected into the body. It then binds to androgen receptors and creates an anabolic effect similar to steroids but without the estrogen conversion and long list of side effects.
Top 3 SARMS
OSTARINE (MK 2866)
|Increases Muscle Mass & Strength|
|Increases Bone Strength|
There are a few key differences between SARMs and steroids. Steroids work in a way where every cell has the ability to promote protein synthesis and growth. Steroids usually mean high levels of testosterone in the body which when combined with previously mentioned ability to promote protein synthesis and growth can mean huge gains and very dramatic effects in physicality. The flipside of this is that when the body reaches its threshold for testosterone, it gets converted to estrogen, which causes an imbalance, leading to all the side effects steroids are well known for.
Compared to steroids, SARMs work in a targeted method that, with responsible use, does not cause estrogen conversion in the body. This means fewer side effects. The flipside of this alternative is that it requires longer and continued use to see results as effective as steroids. This sounds like a bad thing if you are looking for immediate results, but if you consider the fact that this way, the benefits outweigh the risk and provide a more sustainable growth that is easier to maintain. Limited side effects with big benefits definitely justify a longer period of use.
Benefits of SARMs
SARMs provide similar effects of steroids but without some of the big side effects of steroids. While there are side effects they are greatly reduced and the following is a list of side effects as compared to steroids:
- The lower possibility of liver damage
- Avoids bone loss
- The decreased threat of prostate problems
- No estrogen conversion
An important note here is that while the effects are minimal, one should be cautious. Responsible use will help keep side effects at bay, after all, too much of a good thing is normally a bad thing.
The benefits are definitely worth the prolonged use for maximum effect:
- Prevention of muscle loss
- Development of lean muscle
- Improved strength
- Faster recovery period
- Joint healing
- Inhibits cancer cell division
- Growth in muscle size
- Increase in libido
Top 5 SARMS
Now that we know a more about SARMs it’s time to take a look at the most popular ones that can be used to go above and beyond your fitness goals. The following are the top 5 SARMS that we’ll be looking at:
- Ligandrol (LGD-4033) – This is a potent SARM that helps enhance lean muscle mass and reduce body fat
- Ostarine (MK-2866) – This SARM is great for maintaining and increasing lean body mass. It is also great for body recomping
- Ibutamoren (MK-677) – This SARM has some really great abilities. It may improve longevity, bone density and promote better cognitive function. It also helps increase metabolism and strength.
- Testolone (RAD140) – This is one of the newest SARMs that has been developed to counter prostate problems that are caused by testosterone use. It also helps users see a drastic increase in lean muscle mass.
- Cardarine (GW501516) – Developed to treat tumors in the colon, prostate and breast tissue, this SARM has also shown effectiveness in increasing metabolism, endurance and recovery time.
The above list should give you a rough idea of what each of the top 5 SARMs is about. The names in the brackets are the medical names for these SARMs as most are still in research and experimental phase, they are most commonly referred to by the names in the brackets above.
Let’s take a closer look at these SARMs and everything you might want to know about them.
Ligandrol also known as LGD-4033, binds to the androgen receptor to help produce effects that are similar to steroids. This SARM works in a targeted manner to help combat muscle wastage which can occur in cancer and osteoporosis. It is thought to be a safer option for boosting testosterone because of this.
Ligandrol was discovered by Ligland Pharmaceuticals and is currently being developed by Viking Therapeutics.
This SARM has some great benefits:
- Increased Muscle mass – As opposed to steroids, it is not likely that you would see a massively dramatic increase in muscle mass. There is definitely steady and sustainable growth in muscle without any water bloat or joint pain, up to 10 pounds of muscle mass can be gained in a 21 day period.
- Increased Strength – While increased muscle mass is a great thing, it means little without the strength to back it up. LGD-4033 will show you an increase in strength well before you notice the increase in muscle mass
- Anti-Catabolic effect – What this means is that Ligandrol switches your body’s main source of fuel to body fat. Doing this, there is less muscle wasting and your body will look shredded and transformed.
Ligandrol has shown significant benefits in more than just physicality. It has the ability to increase bone formation. Stronger bones, combined with muscle growth and increased strength can make a great positive difference overall. It could be a great solution for osteoporosis.
Since SARMs are relatively new, there is not a lot of information available about it side effects, that doesn’t mean it has none. Responsible use can and will help reduce side effects or keep them at bay. At the moment, what is known is that it is safe to take at 100 times of its normal dose.
There have been no serious or long-lasting negative effects reported with use of Ligandrol. What little side effects you might notice, will likely pass quickly. These minor side effects include:
- Feeling hot
It is recommended that Ligandrol is taken at dosages between 3-10mg, orally every 24 to 36 hours to help meet your goals.
Ostarine, also known as MK-2866 is a SARM that was developed to avoid and treat muscle wastage. It might be a great solution to muscle atrophy and could be a viable alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
The benefits of Ostarine are as follows:
- Increased lean muscle
- Increased endurance
- Joint healing
- Anabolic (boosts testosterone in the body)
- Increase in strength.
Ostarine provides subtle gains that can be sustainable in the long run. The most interesting effect of this SARM is that the results are long-lasting even when you stop the cycle.
When this SARM binds to the androgen receptor, it causes muscle growth in a way that is very much like steroids but without side effects to the prostate among other things. Its anabolic effects on muscle tissue mean it can make a huge difference to those suffering from muscular atrophy as well as those looking to build muscle while improving recovery time.
It could also be key to treating osteoporosis and increasing bone density. Combined together, the benefits make it a powerhouse of an option for overall improved physicality.
It is recommended that Ostarine is taking at dosages between 25 to 50 mg every 24 to 36 hours per cycle. Going for a higher dose will probably not make much of a difference and instead increase the risk of side effects.
Ostarine is viewed as a somewhat milder version of Ligandrol but is also considered to be one of the safest SARMs to take. It appears to be fully side-effect free, which makes it a great choice in SARMs. Also works great as a stand-alone and does not necessarily need to be stacked with other SARMs to amplify its effects.
Also known as RAD140, Testolone is an orally available SARM. It has the ability to help increase lean muscle and provide the benefits of testosterone without side effects that are so famously associated with anabolic steroids.
Easily considered one of the most powerful SARMs this could easily be the perfect choice for someone looking to take their fitness goals to the next level.
Currently being developed by Radius, a pharmaceutical company, it is one of the newest SARMs on the block. Since it is so new, as recent as 2010, studies are fairly limited. This isn’t too discouraging because there the studies that have been conducted, along with user reviews point to a very promising product for building muscle while keeping steroidal side effects at a distance.
This SARM is being developed to help treat breast cancer as well as muscle wasting that is associated with post-menopausal women.
When you use testosterone to activate the androgen receptor and use that to increase muscle and bone development it can affect sex tissues and result in several problems pertaining to sexual health. This is usually a problem when using steroids to help increase testosterone. Like all SARMs, this one also binds to the androgen receptor and completely bypasses this issue. The way Testolone binds to the receptor makes it more targeted thereby activating bone and muscle tissue to encourage growth and strength as opposed to steroids.
There are several benefits that have been noted:
- Increase in muscle mass
- Enhancement of speed
- Better stamina and endurance
- High anabolic effect
- Lack of side effects that are often associated with anabolic steroids
- Weight loss and increased fat loss
Testolone is currently being tested for its use in breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women. There is evidence to suggest it can inhibit the division of cancer cells. It is also being developed to help improve cognitive function in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Using testosterone as a treatment has been shown to increase the risk of prostate health problems, but with Testolone, most of these side effects can likely be avoided. Unfortunately, due to how new this SARM is, there is little known about its potential side effects. What we do know for sure is that steroidal side effects are nowhere in sight. The only reported side effects have been short-term headaches and insomnia. The long-term effects of this new SARM are still not known.
The correct dosage is still not fully understood but it is recommended that between 20 to 30 mg is the best way to take it. For women, it is recommended that lower doses between 5 and 10 mg be taken. It should be taken orally and its effectiveness can be compared best to Ligandrol.
Testolone stacks very well with Ostarine, making it a good combination for building muscle, increasing the release of growth hormones, among other benefits.
This popular SARM is a viable alternative to taking human growth hormone. Ibutamoren is a synthetic secretagogue, which means it triggers the secretion of growth hormone in the pituitary gland.
What this does is pretty simple. It stimulates growth. It works by stimulating the production and growth of essential hormones as well as insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). Growth hormone is also credited for its help in anti-aging. When we’re younger we naturally produce a fair amount of growth hormone. This means s youthful look, healthy production of hormones, and a whole host of benefits.
Ibutamoren works by increasing the release of growth hormones. For many, this means a huge list of benefits for the body. Increase in growth hormones directly or indirectly gives way to many amazing benefits. It is often compared to Cardarine for the way it boosts endurance.
Taken orally, and with minimal side effects, it works by signaling the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormones. It is specially designed to help with muscle gains and increase in strength. Studies and research is currently being done to see just how much this amazing SARM can do. It has potential in the treatment of obesity and osteoporosis. It is also credited with being potentially useful for improvement of cognitive function.
There are several benefits to taking Ibutamoren:
- Improves physicality
- Better bone density
- Increase in endurance
- Increase in energy
- Prevention of tumor growth
- Increase in longevity.
- Increased muscle mass
- Faster recovery time
- Anti-aging properties
- Increase in fat loss
There are also some side effects associated with increased levels of growth hormone. The good news is that there are no serious side effects, most are minor and temporary. This is a huge departure from steroids, whose side effects can be severe. Mild side effects of taking Ibutamoren are increased appetite, lowered insulin sensitivity, Muscle weakness, weight gain, skin problems and numb hands.
It is possible that with a good stacking, you may be able to keep many of the side effects at bay. As always, responsible use is vital to avoid unfortunate side effects. Overall, many would consider this chemical as safe.
It is recommended that the dosage for Ibutamoren be between 5-25 mg. It is advised to start at the minimum of 5mg and work your way up to 25mg, especially if you are a beginner.
In this list, Cardarine is a bit of a black sheep, mostly because it is not really a SARM although it behaves in a very similar way and is often stacked with SARMs. It is what you might call, an honorary SARM.
This powerhouse of a chemical was developed to cure tumors that formulate in the colon, prostate, and breasts. It also has been shown to be able to stop metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes. When you combine these with Cardarine’s ability to burn excess fatty tissue, increase recovery time and endurance it really shows what a great option this non-SARM can be for athletes looking for that edge.
Although it is not a SARM, Cardarine targets androgen receptors in much the same way as a SARM would. In this case, the receptors that are targeted help stimulate glucose uptake, skeletal and muscle tissue. In cases of obesity, it is being developed as a potential treatment because of its ability to melt fatty acid. What this means is that it an anti-catabolic process which switches the body to burning fat for fuel. It also has great potential in treating bad cholesterol.
Cardarine is full of amazing benefits, some of which include:
- A great increase in endurance
- Increase in energy
- Increase in stamina and speed
- Shorter recovery times
- Melts and uses fat for energy
- Near immediate results
This particular chemical has been around for about 20 years, and in that time, there have been little to no side effects that have been seen by those studying the drug. It has been shown to successfully reverse diabetes and greatly improve weight problems faced by those who suffer from obesity. It is easily usable over extended periods of time with little to no damage.
Another great unexpected benefit of Cardarine is that it does not cause any liver damage. In fact, it does the opposite, it promotes healthy liver function and faster healing. This likely has something to do with the way it increases endurance and greatly reduces recovery time.
Cardarine is so effective that it is on the list of banned substances for athletes competing professionally. It is still legal for everyone else however and it is recommended that 10 – 20 mg is a sufficient dose on a daily basis. It is advised to start at 10mg for visible changes to endurance and a higher dose of visible fat loss.
Stacking it with SARMs can provide amazing benefits of various SARMs and thereby giving and an overall complete boost in fitness.
An important note when considering SARMs is to remember to combine it with high protein diets, plenty of water and good exercise. When you combine these with SARMs the result is the best possible version of yourself you can physically be.
Although SARMs are ultimately synthetic and do come with side effects it is all in all a far superior alternative to steroids. They provide all the benefits of steroids and more while keeping results sustainable and to a certain degree permanent.
Long-term side effects are still not fully known or understood, largely because they are all still under development and study, but their popularity in the fitness world and undoubted effectiveness make them a viable option for those who are looking for something that really works.
Top 3 SARMS
OSTARINE (MK 2866)
|Increases Muscle Mass & Strength|
|Increases Bone Strength|