What Are SARMs?
SARMs stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators have become sought after and coveted by the world of weightlifting and fitness.
What is more important is what SARMs can achieve?
SARMs, in a way, produce similar results as steroids, but without some of the negative side effects. Though prolonged use of steroids might help in building muscle and gain strength they can also lead to premature hair loss, bad acne, and problems with the prostate.
The difference is that SARMs are tissue-selective, only targeting the muscle tissue without setting off any cascade of negative chain reactions. Unlike steroids, SARMs are available in pill form.
All these things about SARMs make them sound great as they have the benefits of anabolic steroids without the negative side blowback. There is a catch although anyone can buy these products: no SARMs are approved as safe for human consumption and are sold for research purposes only.
If one takes a look at the search volume for SARMs on the web, the trend in its search terms is rising over the past 4-5 years. Some of the most popular types of SARMs that are being sought after are Ostarine and Andarine.
There are no numbers available for their market size and consumption. But when London took a chemical sampling of one of the largest masses of sewage waste in the city, they did find that SARMs were present in greater quantities than MDMA and cocaine.
Are SARMs Legal to Purchase?
Recently, many global companies have sprouted up to meet the growing demand for SARMs. Several of these companies protect themselves by placing legal disclaimers on their products that state that these are research chemicals.
Back in 2017, the US Federal Drug Administration set out to crack down on SARMs. They cited their concern about selling these products that could contain ingredients hazardous to their consumers’ health.
How was SARMs Developed?
Many wonder about where SARMs came from. They were created by a complete accident back in the early 1990s by Professor James Dalton. He was in the middle of working on treatments for prostate cancer. In his research and testing, he identified a molecule of Andarine, which later became the first SARM. Though Andarine had little to no effect in prostate cancer treatment, it had a notable capability for aiding in muscle growth. It is ironic that the side effects of Andarine turned out to be the opposite of what Dalton was going for. Though, he immediately recognized the value that Andarine may provide.
It was years later that Professor Dalton created a more refined version of the original, and labeled it Ostarine. Dalton saw marked results when he used Ostarine in the context of a clinical test through a 12-week program. In that time period, the sampling bodies:
– Increased lean muscle mass.
– Lost body fat.
– And had a 15% increase in power on the stair climber.
Since then, global companies have run wild with the production, marketing and sales of SARMs in the US as dietary supplements. Despite multiple attempts in reaching out to these companies, sending cease and desist letters to several of them and calling the FDA to shut them down, the use of marketing SARM’s as dietary supplements has stopped. Today SARM’’s may be purchased by anyone, however since they not approved by the FDA, they are now sold for research purpose and not for human consumption
Do SARMs Have any Negative Side Effects?
As of now, the negative side effects of then use of SARMs are mostly anecdotal. One can run some quick searches online to find forums that talk about gains in strength but are citing side effects such as skin rashes, high blood pressure and even impotence. Several stating problems with eye-sight and vision. Also, most of the available information on SARMs is from YouTubers and tends to skew to the side of positivity.
As of now, SARMs are legal to buy, but the drawback to SARMs is that there is no adequate testing for all long and short term effects of SARMs.