Having spent over 20-years using Anabolic steroids and finally quitting by choice, not for medical reasons, we’d never expected to find something that would come even remotely close to gear in terms of effectiveness.
We absolutely hated prohormones and the toxic shit that was being peddled under the guise of designer steroids for a few years.
And then came SARMS.
We had first heard about the discovery of SARMS in the early 90s. That was the time when we were starting off in our professional bodybuilding careers.
But to be honest, we never thought that it would see the light of the day.
That was until, the first batch of Ostarine hit the stands in the early 2000s. Almost overnight, SARMS had gone from a myth to a reality.
A lot has changed since then.
SARMS are more readily available. There are thousands of people who have used them and posted logs and anecdotal reviews. A couple of SARMS have even made it to human trials and will most probably make it into production.
Despite all this, there’s a lot of speculation, bro-science and myths being circulated about these compounds.
This brief FAQ aims to present some facts and debunk some of those myths.
What are SARMS?
SARMS are synthetic, non-hormonal compounds that bind to selected androgen receptors in the body and stimulate a desired effect from these receptors. For example, if the purpose of the SARM is to increase muscle mass in patients suffering from cachexia, then it binds selectively to androgen receptors in muscle tissue only and stimulates an increase in lean muscle mass.
But it conveniently spares the receptors in other organs, like the liver, the heart and the prostate gland.
So, just like anabolic steroids, the person will gain lean muscle in a very short time. But they will not experience any of the dangerous side effects of steroids.
Are SARMS safe?
The very idea behind creating SARMS was to find a safer alternative to anabolic steroids. Hence the selective affinity for androgen receptors.
Most SARMS are complete agonists of androgen receptors in muscle and bone, but are partial agonists of receptors in the prostate.
The only known side effect so far is that they cause minor suppression of the natural testosterone production, which is reversible once usage is discontinued.
There will be no aromatization, no estrogenic side effects, no acne, baldness, gynecomastia, nor stimulation of the prostate, which can lead to prostate cancer in men.
All other side effects that are mentioned in anecdotal reviews can be attributed to under dosed products or counterfeited ones.
SARMS vs. Steroids: Which are better?
If you are looking for faster and more dramatic results, then nothing can beat anabolic steroids. You can completely transform your body in a span of months even with a simple testosterone cycle. Nothing fancy needed. Just pure test. The more compounds you add, the more dramatic the results.
And then there’s decades of testing, documentation and data about every single steroid in the world, that gives you an in-depth understanding of the results that you can get with it and the side effects that it can cause.
In a nutshell, there are no hidden surprises.
The flipside is that even testosterone can cause some serious side effects. Like bitch tits for example, if you do not know how to control your estrogen. It can also cause high BP, aggression, acne, hair loss and a whole lot of other irreversible side effects. The more compounds you add to your stack, the more serious the side effects get.
With SARMS, you are basically throwing a bunch of things at the wall and seeing what sticks.
Barring Ostarine and Ligandrol, which have been studied extensively, none of the other SARMS have made it past animal, in-vitro trials. So, you are basically playing guinea pig testing these products on yourselves.
The advantage is that very few side effects have been noted in these clinical studies.
Most studies explicitly state that no adverse effects were noted and that’s the premise that the entire industry for SARMS is thriving on.
To top it off, thousands of anecdotal reviews have only positives to say about SARMS.
Is it necessary to do bloodwork?
Absolutely yes. You should always do bloodwork before and after a SARMS cycle, especially if you have trained naturally your entire life.
This will give you a clear picture of the extent of suppression that the compound caused.
Your LH, FSH and Test levels will help you determine if you need a drug-based PCT to recover.
Also, it will help you spot anything that’s laced with steroids or prohormones and being sold as SARMS.
Do you need a PCT with SARMS?
That depends on the results of the bloodwork.
In 99% of the instances, you won’t need to do a PCT.
Your body should recover automatically in a span of few weeks. That’s another advantage of SARMS. You can bounce back a lot sooner and be prepared for your next cycle.
You add some ancillaries for on-cycle support and after your cycle to help your body recover sooner.
For example, natural testosterone boosters like M1-MK or HCGenerate.
If you find that the HPTA is extremely suppressed, then speak to a doctor or do a mini PCT with clomid for a couple of weeks.
Liquid vs. Capsules vs. Raw powder
Raw powder is the purest form of SARMS. And it is also the cheapest.
In fact, all SARMS are in powder form when they start off. The caveat is that you’d have to go through the process of micro dosing it accurately and finding a delivery system that appeals to you.
That is, you’d either have to cook your own solution or find another way to gulp it down.
The companies that are selling the liquid form, source the powdered form in bulk from a manufacturer, mix in grain-alcohol and offer pre-mixed solutions that are labelled ‘Research Chemical. Not for human consumption’.
This is a smart way to avoid the legal mess that can arise if they were to sell it in capsulated form instead.
Capsules are more appealing to the end user. They are easier to store and use too, as compared to the liquids which taste like napalm to be honest.
But legally, the company would be in a soup for selling them because SARMS are illegal when sold for human consumption and encapsulation typically means that the product is intended for human consumption.
If you are wondering which delivery form offers the maximum bioavailability, then there’s no difference in the three. Go with the capsule if you can find a legit supplier.
Else even liquids or powder is fine.