If you’ve ever read another blog post about SARMs before, you read something like this:
“Whazzup bros! Broseph Brody here. Today we gonna talk about the ULTIMATE muscle building drug SARMs!
They’re like steroids, but completely without side effects!
Oh and yeah, check out my affiliate link here. See ya!”
But that is bullshit.
And I don’t work for a SARM company. I’m not a shill. I can be 100% honest to you unlike everyone else who talk about this stuff.
SARMs exploded in popularity because they’re seen as a safe alternative to steroids.
While SARMs can be safer than many anabolic steroids, especially harsh orals like Superdrol, everything’s not black or white. And if you don’t know the nuances of using SARMs, your health’s at risk of getting messed up.
Here’s a quick summary from Dylan Gemelli on the side effects of SARMs:
Keep reading to reveal the truth about SARMs and their side effects…
SARMs are research chemicals not approved for human consumption.
That means a doctor can’t prescribe you SARMs to treat low testosterone or muscle wasting. Their long-term health effects haven’t been studied, and nobody can guarantee you that SARMs are 100% safe.
Steroids, on the other hand, are frequently used in medicine to treat hypogonadism and wasting diseases.
Most of the popular anabolic steroids have existed for ~50 years. Their long-term effects are known, and good doctors have an idea of what side effects to watch out for.
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The Idea Behind SARMs
The idea behind SARMs is genius. They’re supposed to act as intelligent steroids that select what parts of your body to affect.
One big concern with anabolic steroids, is that they bind to the androgen receptors in your prostate and make it grow. Enlarged prostates are bad and give you trouble peeing. Worst case scenario is that you get prostate cancer.
If women are treated with anabolic steroids, they risk turning more masculine, become hairier and get a deeper voice.
The human body can convert some steroids into estrogen (female hormone). This bloats you up, gives you acne and man tits.
People generally don’t like needles, and taking anabolic steroids in pills is bad for the liver. You can only do so for a few weeks before you risk permament damage.
SARMs were supposed to give you steroid-like benefits in muscle, bone and joints. Without all above downsides.
You can take SARMs orally for months. They are minimally toxic to the liver.
SARMs can’t be converted into estrogen.
(In rare cases, some experience an indirect increase in estrogen from SARMs. But that’s just because they’re bodies are prone to high estrogen levels.
Some people can die from peanuts too. That doesn’t make peanuts bad for you.)
SARMs don’t affect your prostate as much.
Anabolic steroids suppress your natural testosterone production.
It’s an issue every user needs to be aware of. SARMs are far less suppressive.
Okay. I feel like you’ve gotten an honest summary on SARMs. But here are the myths and lies you’ll be deceived by from other people. I’ll tell you the truth:
MYTH: SARMs Don’t Affect Your Testosterone Levels At All
SARMs do suppress your natural hormone production. You probably need to perform a PCT.
How much you get suppressed is dictated by what SARM you take, your dosage, and how long you take it.
1 week of Ostarine? Pfftt, that’s not going to leave a mark in any way!
8 months straight of Ostarine? You’ll have some trouble coming off of that.
And keep in mind, Ostarine’s the mildest SARM to most people. LGD-4033, for example, will shut you down much harder and faster. After a cycle of LGD-4033, it will take 56 days on average for your testosterone to get back to baseline.
MYTH: SARMs Don’t Affect Your Blood Lipids (Cholesterol)
Ask anyone who’s taken SARMs and done bloodwork.
SARMs DO seem to affect blood lipids in the same manner as steroids. Not as bad like the meaner steroids, but keep your guard up.
If you’re prone to cardiovascular diseases, stay safe.
And if you decide to take SARMs or steroids, I recommend you to cut out junk food and eat more healthy fats. No matter what. Do some cardio too.
If you follow my advice, your pump’s likely to be healthier than the majority of the American and European population’s anyway.
MYTH: SARMs Don’t Affect Your Liver
Compared to oral steroids, SARMs are very mild on your liver. But they can still affect it negatively. It’s individual.
Do bloodwork sometimes to keep an eye on your liver values and general health.
Don’t drink alcohol. Not a single drop. It’s an elitist, toxic tool to numb the minds of miserable peasants.
And preferably… stay away from ibuprofen and other over-the-counter drugs. They’re just as liver toxic — and give you less health benefits than SARMs.
MYTH: SARMs Don’t Convert To Estrogen
This “myth” is actually correct. But SARMs can suppress your testosterone levels — which may lead to an hormone inbalance that indirectly gives you symptoms of high estrogen.
I spoke to one guy who ran a cycle of SARMs and a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic steroid. DHT can’t convert into estrogen, and neither can SARMs. Yet, he experienced the early signs of a gynecomastia flare up near the end of his cycle.
It’s not a big deal. Just grab some Nolvadex and it’s all good. But be aware of the facts.
MYTH: SARMs Don’t Increase Blood Pressure
I find that it varies from SARM to SARM.
Ostarine gives me no trouble at all.
Ligandrol, on the other hand… it increases my blood pressure. Even on the normal 10 mg a day dosage. When I’ve gone nuts and experimented with 30 mg a day it obviously becomes much worse.
Now when I’m on Ligandrol I take 10 mg of Cialis daily.
Those were some truth bombs about the side effects of SARMs.
Until next time,
— Alexander Contrarian