SARMs FAQ

What are SARMs?

SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) are a relatively new medical technology that have similar chemical properties to those of anabolic steroids. SARMs have grown in popularity as they produce results comparable to their anabolic counterparts while mitigating many of the negative side effects. Because the different variants of SARMs were researched and created for unique applications, the effects produced by a particular variant do vary.


Are SARMs legal?

Although SARMs are legal to sell and purchase within the US, these compounds have not been approved for human consumption. Therefore, SARMs should not be sold as dietary supplements. These compounds are for research purposes only. 


What are the differences between SARMs and Steroids?

SARMs are non-steroidal compounds that target the androgen receptors in muscle and bone cells. Unlike anabolic steroids, SARMs are selective in nature. While anabolic steroids introduce many variants of synthetic testosterone, SARMs have a specific affinity for certain tissues like muscle and bone while remaining unreactive to receptors in the brain, liver, and prostate.

With the exception of Ostarine (MK-2866) in rare cases, SARMs do not break down into the DHT and Estrogen, which are the molecules responsible for some of the feminizing side effects of anabolic steroids.


What are the side effects of using SARMs?

Benefits and side effects depend on the specific variant of SARM. However, the main side effect associated with SARMs is the suppression of natural testosterone production. Some variants of SARMs were originally researched as a male contraceptive because they lower both luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, which reduce sperm count and natural testosterone levels. PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) is a strongly recommended method for mitigating these undesirable side effects. 


What is a PCT (Post Cycle Therapy)?

During the tail end of a cycle of any form of anabolic steroid, SARM, or other performance-enhancing drug, the body is likely to be in a vulnerable state of decreased testosterone, elevated cortisol, and potentially damaged liver, kidneys, etc. Post cycle therapy assists in combating all of these issues by returning hormone levels to their natural equilibrium while simultaneously supporting the recovery of internal organs. Therefore, PCT is crucial for retaining the effects achieved during the cycle. Without a PCT, the body has difficulty supporting the muscle gained whilst on cycle.


Do SARMs require a PCT?

A PCT is crucial for the following SARMs: S-23, Ligandrol (LGD-4033), RAD-140, YK-11, Andarine (S-4), and Ostarine (MK-2866)


Does one need to take anything alongside SARMs (Cycle Support)?

In some cases, SARMs have produced liver toxic reactions in the body. Therefore, a liver guard of some sort is essential to mitigate harm. 


How long is a typical SARM cycle?

A typical cycle is run for 8-12 weeks with a subsequent 4 week PCT period.

 

Striker Labs SARMs Collection


SARM
capsules vs. liquid? 

All SARMs start out as raw powder, which is then either encapsulated or suspended in liquid solution. There is no difference in bioavailability between liquid and capsules.


How is the liquid taken?

Each tincture includes a dropper designed for precise measurement. Do not mix the compound with any other liquid prior to consumption. 


Which SARM is the best?

Although many SARMs yield similar results, each variant reacts with the body differently. There is a crossover between cutting and bulking as some SARMs can be used in both cases. For SARM combinations that are engineered for specific effects, check out our selection of stacks. Please see individual SARM descriptions for more details. 

 

 

Sources:

Bhasin, Shalender, and Ravi Jasuja. “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators as Function Promoting Therapies.” Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907129/.

Hrustic, Alisa. “These Bodybuilding Supplements Known as ‘Legal Steroids’ Are Putting Your Health at Risk.” Men's Health, Men's Health, 25 Feb. 2019, www.menshealth.com/health/a19543957/sarms-bodybuilding-supplements-not-safe/.

“Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator.” Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator - an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, 2017, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/selective-androgen-receptor-modulator.

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