Steroids can provide drastic results for many users; in addition, they can help break plateaus, provide performance enhancement and give an advantage over natural athletes. However, there are several risks with steroid use that can negate the rewards for many users, and many times the risks are far too great. The problem with steroids is the possible side effects, such as gyno (bitch tits) and testosterone suppression, combined with misunderstanding of how to use them. Legality can also be an issue for many, as it is too much of a risk to buy and use anabolic steroids. After all, they are scheduled III (3) drugs, which are illegal to posses or use.
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Different steroids cause different side effects. One common side effect between all steroids is they cause testosterone suppression. Although all steroids will cause some level of testosterone suppression that can be very difficult to recover from, many cause a long term suppression effect that many never fully recover from. There are several other concerns and side-effects associated with steroid use. Here is a small list:
- Potential stimulation of prostate cancer
- Male pattern baldness
- Body hair growth
- Gynecomastia (male breast development)
- High blood pressure
- Liver toxicity
- Cholesterol imbalance
- Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (Heart growth)
- Shutdown of your own Testosterone production
This is just a small sample of possible and probable side-effects that are prevalent with steroid use. By no means is this a full list, as it goes on quite further. Another problem with steroid use for many is the fear of needles and injections coupled with lack of understanding where to start when it comes to injections. On top of this, the legal aspect is quite a concern; after all, anabolic steroids are scheduled drugs. They are illegal and keeping them hidden or having them on hand can bring up a host of legal problems.
A better alternative?
After reading the above problems with steroid use, you're probably thinking: “Is there a better alternative?” Since the beginning of the steroid era, there have been no other alternatives that were realistic. Creatine, whey protein and other over-the-counter supplements provided help, but were laughable in terms of what they could do in comparison to steroids. Prohormones became the next big thing, until they were classified as steroids by the government. As a result, steroid use was necessary to keep up with the competition or get good results. Until now! Finally, another viable option has presented itself. Not only are the results astounding with this option, but the side-effects are not even a fraction of what they are with steroids. On top of this, no injections are required! What are these miraculous new compounds that I'm talking about? Welcome to the world of SARMS. SARMS offer the benefits of traditional steroids, such as testosterone, including increased muscle mass, fat loss, and bone density. At they same time, they have a much lower tendency to produce the unwanted side effects that come with steroid use.
The benefits of SARMS
SARMS offer the potential for harnessing the benefits of anabolic steroid use, while minimizing the undesirable side effects. They also have the potential advantages of oral only use (no injections), which testosterone and many steroids do not. For the bodybuilder and athlete, SARMS can be used either in conjunction with, or as a replacement, for traditional anabolic steroids.
Here are just some of the ways SARMS are used:
- Increase lean muscle growth
- Prevent muscle loss during cutting and weight loss
- Increase fat loss
- Injury rehabilitation
- PCT use after steroid cycle
Benefits of SARMS when compared to steroids:
- Oral use (no injections needed)
- Similar effects to testosterone (libido, strength gains, fat loss)
- No conversion to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
- No conversion to Estrogen
- No harsh liver toxicity
- Does not inhibit your HPTA to the large extent of steroids (no large reduction in LH or FSH)
- Legal and not scheduled
- Undetectable (selected SARMS)
As you can see from the descriptions above, SARMS can be far more desirable to many users who don't want to use anabolic steroids.
Having an alternative to steroid use has been an idea that's been explored by many but realized by only a few. The beauty of medicine, study and progress is that alternative ideas are often researched and developed. SARMS have proven to be that alternative to steroids that everyone has been waiting and looking for. To further enhance your knowledge, you can read the Evolutionary SARMS database.
I have spent a better part of a decade researching, using and studying sarms and have provided endless amounts of research material on the topic. I only back what I use myself, and after 7 years, I am a better athlete because of SARMS.
Want to read about SARMS and Steroids on our forums? check out these threads:
- Steroids: Pharmacology, Complications, and Practice Delivery Issues
- Anabolic Steroids
- Effects of androgenic-anabolic steroids in athletes
- Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators: Current Knowledge and Clinical Applications
- Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) as pharmacological treatment for muscle wasting in ongoing clinical trials
- Selective androgen receptor modulators: the future of androgen therapy?
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