Sarms: are they safe?

While often mistaken for steroids, whose risks and side effects are well-documented, SARMs (androgen receptor modulators) function in a completely different way. Targeting the androgen receptors in the body, they produce similar results, but with fewer side effects, and are overall considered the safer option.

As a safer alternative to anabolic steroids, more and more people are using different SARMs to achieve specific changes to their muscle mass results – such as bulking or cutting. But as with all medicine, SARMs are safe when used correctly. As they are only legal to buy as research chemicals, there is no shortage of online sellers who deal in subpar quality SARMs. Buying from a reputable seller such as UK SARMs will eliminate the risk of buying poor quality knock-offs. 

SARMs all have slightly different chemical structures which lead to different effects; knowing these differences, as well as the correct means to take SARMs, goes a long way towards making their consumption safe as it can be – giving all the results without the side effects.

What are the safest SARMs?

While all SARMs are safer than anabolic steroids, there are three in particular which are known for their safety and lack of significant side effects: 

Testolone RAD 140

Originally used to treat breast cancer, as well as muscle waste, Testolone delivers a powerful anabolic effect without any side effects, leading to an increase in muscle mass without a corresponding increase in body fat, as well as increased endurance and speed. Research on animal models suggests it may provide protection from neurodegenerative diseases.

Ibutamoren MK 677 

Used to treat obesity as well as muscle waste, this SARM effectively mimics the growth hormone GHS, with effects on bone density, muscle mass, and metabolism. Improved bone density and muscle mass, as well as an improved sleep quality, are among the benefits of Ibutamoren.

Ligandrol LGD 4033 

Initially developed to treat muscle wasting diseases, it is widely used among powerlifters and bodybuilders to increase lean muscle mass, strength and stamina while reducing fat. This SARM is considered entirely safe for consumption, and works effectively in small quantities – as little as 1mg.

How to take SARMs

SARMs may come as liquids, pills, or capsules. In the vast majority of cases, they are taken orally; there are however injectable SARMs, which are taken through intramuscular injection.

Injectable SARMs do have an advantage in that they will take effect at lower doses, as it goes directly into the bloodstream; however, this makes it particularly vital that the doses are not exceeded, which a beginner may be liable to do. All injectable SARMs purchased should be those modified specifically to be injected; the liquid SARMs for oral consumption are not to be injected.

How to take liquid SARMs

Liquid SARMs can be dosed with a syringe or an eye dropper, and are most effective when taken sublingually. The strong taste may be hard to get out of your mouth, and many advise drinking orange or grapefruit juice or coffee to help make it more bearable. Dosage vastly depends on the SARM that’s being administered, as each has a different half-life – the time it takes for the amount of a drug’s active substance in your body to reduce by half – and different recommended cycle durations. Some SARMs, but not all, require a post-cycle programme.

For the three SARMs discussed above, the suggested liquid dosages are:

Testolone RAD 140

The suggested daily dosage is 2.5mg to 5mg for beginners, and 5mg to 15mg for advanced users. The cycle duration should be between 8 to 12 weeks, and a post-cycle programme of 2 to 4 weeks is recommended. 

Ibutamoren MK-677

The suggested daily dosage is between 10mg to 25mg, with the recommendation to start with a low dose and increase gradually through the cycle, which should be between 10 and 16 weeks.

Ligandrol (LGD-4033)

The suggested daily dosage is between 5mg and 10mg for beginners, and between 10mg and 15mg for expert users; the cycle duration should be between 4 and 8 weeks.

Consulting your doctor is advisable before taking the decisions to start using SARMs – particularly if you are already taking other medication.