TL;DR; They are certainly safer but you should really read this article to understand this question better… come on, it’s only like 680 words.
SARMs are a novel class of drugs similar to androgenic steroids, including testosterone.
Furthermore, they remain available through various outlets on the internet such as our website where you can buy SARMs in Canada.
These drugs are advertised as an aid for muscle building without many of the side effects of traditional steroids.
Researchers and bodybuilders both appear to be interested in them for this reason.
“SARMs have been shown in early clinical studies to build lean mass and muscle strength,” James Dalton, PhD, dean of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Michigan, told Healthline.
“They differ from commonly used androgenic steroids by their ability to stimulate muscle and bone growth with lesser prostatic effects in males and virilizing effects in females,” he added.
Steroids vs. SARMs
Androgenic steroids are known to increase muscle development but are accompanied by a host of undesirable effects.
For men, this often means things like acne, breast development, enlarged prostate, and shrinking of the testicles.
Women may experience increased body hair growth, acne, and increased clitoral size.
More serious health concerns include liver damage and numerous cardiovascular complications, including increased risk of heart attack and blood clots.
SARMs potentially represent a step toward a safer class of androgenic drugs. They have “revived an almost dormant search for improved androgens,” wrote researchers in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry* (1).
Dalton notes that so far the drugs are “generally well-tolerated” in clinical trials, but none of them have ever reached final approval by a regulatory body.
One SARM in particular, MK2866 / Ostarine, has made it through phase III clinical trials.
The problem with SARMS
The problem with SARMs aren’t really the side-effects which can be managed with ease and are a lot less severe than anabolic steroids. Fact is SARMs are safer than steroids. However, it is the lack of control over them that is problematic. The truth is, SARMs are expensive to make, much more expensive then steroids. Thus, the opportunity to underdose, or put the wrong thing in the bottle is a rising trend.
In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the chemical composition of products being marketed as SARMs.
They found that only half of them actually contained SARMs. About 60 percent contained ingredients different from what was featured on the label.
Nearly 10 percent of the products tested didn’t contain an active ingredient of any kind. While this could be true or false, it is still a claim and we here can understand how some vendors would be tempted to cheat the end-customer.
What’s the solution?
Vendors should do third-party HPLC testing. At advancedresearch.bio we proudly display all our third-party HPLC tests that summarize the purity of our research chemicals. Go to any product page and you will see up to date HPLC tests and what kind of purity we are offering at the moment. What is written on the bottle is what you get.
This is also one of the reasons that we do not often carry YK-11. Pure and stable YK-11 is proving difficult to source, when we can source pure enough raw materials, we sell YK-11, if we cannot guarantee safety or purity we do not put YK-11 on sale. This is just one of our many guarantees that we make to the end-client. Everything you see in our store is tested and pure.
Are SARMs superior to steroids? It is not an easy answer, they are definitely safer provided you get the right supplier, you don’t have to buy with us, but please look out for third-party testing. They will get you the results you need, they will be slower than steroids, but in the long term is where SARMs really shine as the gains you get on SARMs are kept while on steroids gains can be pretty impressive but they are partially lost or totally lost when the cycle ends.