Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are a research chemical used by bodybuilders across the world primarily because of their ability to enhance athletic performance, promote the growth of lean muscles, promotes weight loss, and improve strength gains. Basically, what SARMs do is enhance the level of androgen (male hormone) in the body.
They bind to androgen receptors and signals the body to shred fat and build more muscles. Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators were first developed in the 1900s to help cancer patients who were suffering from muscle loss.
What is the difference between SARMs and Steroids?
SARMs and steroids are the two commonly used enhancement products of athletes, gym-goers, and bodybuilders. While the two are very much alike in functions, they differ in many ways. In the simplest sense, SARMs are less effective than steroids but are safer. Steroids are more effective but are more dangerous too.
Steroids are added into hormones like testosterone to grow every system in the body. As a result, your muscles will grow but so as your prostate, heart, and other internal organs, which can be very dangerous and fatal. Other less serious side effects are gynecomastia, hair loss and acne. On the other hand, SARMs are selective in functions. They only target androgen receptors causing your muscles to grow without affecting other parts of the body. These reasons are making SARMS safer than steroids. SARMs had undergone various clinical trials and shown to be helpful in the treatment and management of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Why is it considered safer?
SARMs are safer than steroids because they are tissue-selective, meaning, they target the muscles without causing the same chain of reactions. The mode of delivery is also safer as SARMs are taken orally (pill form) rather than injection. They work by suppressing the natural production of the hormone testosterone.
Another great thing about SARMs is that the recovery is easier when compared to regular steroids. SARMs don’t convert into DHT unlike the usual steroids. They are not anabolic as the pure testosterone, which means, they don’t really suppress natural testosterone. Just like any other steroids, SARMs may cause negative effects, but not as severe as the regular steroids. Side effects like hair loss and enlargement of the breast may not be permanent. Once you stop taking SARMs, you will easily recover from the negative side effects. With regular steroids, there are tendencies when you can’t go back to your pre-steroid body and state of health.
The idea behind selective androgen receptor modulators is to produce molecules that function the same way as androgen but would only affect a particular tissue. Using SARMs, bodybuilders can grow muscles without affecting their levels of testosterone or fertility. It will not cause depression, kidney, and liver damage – which are the usual effects of using anabolic steroids. To sum it up, SARMs are the healthier and safer versions of anabolic steroids.
- SARMs are more powerful than any products claiming to be a natural testosterone booster.
- They are gentler than steroids.
- SARMS are hard to detect in the tests used before competitions and sporting events.
- It is easier to recover from SARMs when compared to other anabolic steroids.
- SARMs cause fewer side effects are they are more selective than other steroids.
- They are taken orally, which makes them more convenient to use than traditional steroids (injection route).
Do SARMs require a PCT or TRT?
There are many SARMs and each has a different purpose. So, it is really hard to tell, in general, if PCT or TRT is required. Ideally, SARMs need post cycle therapy, but you need first to know which SARMs suit you best. Just like the regular steroids, most SARMs encourage the high level of testosterone in the body.
This causes too much level of testosterone and as the body’s way of balancing testosterone level, it will lower its own testosterone production. Once you are finished with your SARMs dosage, your body will get accustomed to getting the surplus amount of testosterone, and it would take some time to come back to normal, explains why you experience numerous side effects.
Keep in mind that each person has a unique biological makeup and each responds to SARMs and steroids differently. To stay on the safe side, you need some sort of post cycle therapy (PCT) if you have taken particularly strong SARMs as they are very suppressive in the body. They can bring down your body’s natural testosterone production down. By following a PCT, you will be able to bring back your testosterone levels. On the other hand, if you have used medium level SARMs, then there is no need for you to undergo PCT. To answer the question, “do you need PCT or TRT?”, it will all depend on the types of SARMs you use.