SARMS continue to be sold throughout the supplement’s world and are still being marketed as “safe and legal” alternatives to steroids.
The reality is that their sale is illegal in Australia, while the World Anti-Doping Agency way back in 2008 banned them – placing them under the S1 Anabolic Agent Category of the prohibited list.
However, like so many items for sale across all categories, there are loopholes, with some companies in the United States selling them as “research chemicals” which allows people to purchase them over the counter.
Make no mistake, SARMS in principle have some benefit, but lack of lab testing, regulation and some horror side effects make them extremely dangerous.
The last point is key, most SARMS (selective androgen receptor modulators) are marketed as being safe alternative to steroids, when in fact most are as deadly as a PED (performance enhancing drugs).
SARMS are chemically similar to anabolic steroids and work by duplicating the effects of testosterone in your muscles and bone tissues by binding to specific cellular androgen receptors.
By binding to only specific receptors they (again, this is marketing talk so buyer beware) are supposed to have minimal impact on other organs.
There have however been reports of not only SARMS having negative impacts on one’s organs, but an individual’s entire bone structure – with bone spurs and other complications arising from their consumption.
It has also been proven that SARM consumption can result in dramatic increase in growths, including sists and in worses cases cancer.
Due to the fact they are illegal in most countries, SARMS are being made with poor ingredients, banned substances and even steroids!
Nearly all SARMS are manufactured in China with zero testing and no quality controls.
They are then shipped to countries and again, marketed as a super premium alternative to Steroids – with exorbitant margins.
The game changed in 2017 when The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showcased numerous issues around SARMS and how they are being sold.
They tested 44 drugs sold as SARMS and the results were not pretty.
Nearly 40 percent of the supplements tested contained unapproved drugs (including growth hormone and steroids) while 25 percent contained substances not even on the label.\par
Critically, most of the lack “side effects” that SARMS advertise do in fact occur.
List of some SARMS for sale on the internet:
– MK-2866 or GTx-024 (Ostarine)
– LGD-4033 or VK-5211 (Ligandrol)
– GSX-007 or S-4 (Andarine)
– GW-501516 (Cardarine)
– Enobosarm (also known as S-22)
– RAD140 (also known as Testolone)
– Andarine (also known as Acetamidoxolutamide)
Generally, SARMS are to be given a very wide berth.
They are part of a marketing machine that has worked hard to perpetuate the myth that SARMS are a “100% safe alternative” to steroids.
In Australia plenty of businesses are trying to get around the law by printing ‘research purposes only’ on vials of SARMS – doing this does not make the product legal (according to border police).
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