SARMs 101 – What is it and What Does it Do?

SARMs stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. SARMs are used for hormone therapy that works by attaching to the androgen receptors on the body’s cells. SARMs allow for more limited and controlled function than common androgenic drugs such as anabolic steroids.

Hormones are chemicals that send information and commands to the body’s cells. The group of hormones known as Androgens includes testosterone and causes the body’s cells to produce masculine effects, including lower body fat and higher muscle content. Androgens bind to the body’s cells and convert the hormone estrogen in order to coordinate the desired balance of testosterone and other hormones. The traditional use of anabolic steroids has been extremely effective in saturating the cell receptors in the body with androgens. While this is effective in producing muscle and bone growth, the side effects are well-known. Effective anabolic treatment without the significant side effects is where SARMs step up to the plate.

Unlike anabolic steroids that are injected or applied by skin patch, SARMs are taken orally and allow for targeting by design of specific body tissues. SARMs are intended to be utilized to provide the benefits of testosterone in desired areas while avoiding the side-effects typically found with anabolic steroids. Current development is aimed at producing androgenic benefits for muscle and bone tissue while avoiding negative endocrine effects throughout the body.

Steroid research has been around for over 70 years, involving modifications of hormone treatments. With improved testing and development methods, research into SARMs is nearly 20 years old. While no SARMs have yet been approved as a drug by the FDA to date, several SARMs are currently in FDA trials for testing and eventual approval in modern medical uses in place of anabolic steroids and other drugs with body-wide side effects. Many athletes today are having great success with SARMs in weight training and bodybuilding as well as with ordinary wellness applications.

SARMs allow for selective application. Anabolic steroids have always been used as a “hammer” treatment, flooding all the glands and tissues of the body with anabolic material, bringing along all manner of systemic side effects in delivering the desired impact on muscles and bones. The goal of SARMs is to instead act as a “laser” treatment, hitting the intended tissues with the desired anabolic treatment while not affecting the endocrine or other systems of the body.

SARMs are designed to treat muscle and bone tissue while not straining the body’s organs or the body’s important gland systems, including the Pituitary, Hypothalamus, and Testes. The long-term design of SARMs will also avoid negative prostate health and hair issues. SARMs will also not have negative mood or anger affects. Health and wellness enthusiasts will enjoy SARMs formulations in all aspects of their muscle and bone health, as well as in general weight and fat management.


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