SARMs: A Safer alternative for Anabolic Steroids?


  • History of Anabolic Steroids
  • Invention of SARMs
  • Benefits of SARMs
  • Comparison between Anabolic Steroids and SARMs
  • Legality of SARMs



In today’s era every other individual is concerned about own fitness and health. Definition of fitness has changed over period of time as being fit and healthy is not the only aspect but it is also very important to look good and staying in picture perfect shape. In literal terms majority of people are obsessed with the way they look and are ready to consume any medications or go through any required medical procedures. There has been a sudden rise in fad diet programs and promotions of various health supplements as these all things play an important role in the growth of trillion dollar health industry. Nowadays beauty has been associated with fitness and health, which sometimes prove disastrous as people indeed go through the knife or end up consuming banned substances.

History of Anabolic Steroids

There has been constant debate over legality and health aspects of using Anabolic Steroids. These steroids are extensively used by the body builders, many fitness models and movie stars. It was the year 1930, when the term steroid was first used, a team of researchers invented synthetic form of male hormone called testosterone. It was invented in order to help people who were unable to produce testosterone on natural level for development and sexual functionality. These research was further brought in the times of World War II, as the artificial testosterone was helpful in treating malnourished soldiers by aiding them in gaining weight and enhancing performance. Soon after there was a rise of Performance enhancing drugs (PED) as steroids were consumed by athletes and wrestlers to improve their performance in various competitions. Steroids were in news in the Olympic of 1956, when the athletes from Soviet performed brilliantly as the athletes were using artificial form of testosterone. Anabolic Steroids, what we called them today were more precisely invented by an American physician named Dr. Ziggler as he invented more selective form of steroids. These steroids were extensively used by all the athletes, wrestlers from various levels till they were banned for use in Olympic competitions by the Olympic Committee in the year 1975. After math of this was rise in its sales through Black market until year 1988, when first major regulation of steroids was introduced as part of Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which resulted as stiff penalties on those selling and possessing these products, followed by Anabolic Steroid Enforcement Act of 1990. This Act changed the structure of previously banned steroids as certain anabolic steroids were revised under Schedule III of Controlled Substances Act (CSA).



Definition of SARMs

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are basically a class of therapeutic compounds which have properties which are alike to anabolic agents, but with androgenic properties in reduced form. This property helps SARMs the benefit of androgen-receptor specificity along with tissue selectivity, and less steroid-related side effects. Some of the potential side effects of anabolic steroid use are acne, liver damage, breast tissue development, and shrinking of the testicles in males, along with deepening of the voice, irregular growth of hair on various body parts, and abnormal menstrual cycles in females. SARMs have the ability of differentiating between anabolic and androgenic activities, and this gives them edge over steroids as a potential for therapeutic opportunities in a various medical conditions including muscle-wasting diseases, osteoporosis, cancer, and hypogonadism.

SARMs were first developed in the year 1998 but were clinically demonstrated in 2003. Various new developments were done in order to utilize the benefits of SARMs.

Benefits of SARMs

The sole motive or purpose of utilizing SARMs was to get the anabolic effects of steroids without harming one’s health. However, use of SARMs is made for various purposes like for some aid in weight loss, while for some in gaining weight. Although SARMs can be best used for attaining both the purposes, when take in prescribed amount.

SARMs can be considered when one wants to achieve below mentioned:

  • Losing weight and keeping muscle mass intact
  • Induce lean muscle growth and maintenance
  • Swift recovery and getting rid of muscle spasms
  • Endurance
  • Aid in wear and tear

One more reason where SARMs edge over steroid is the method of consumption. These products can be taken orally, which eventually gets rid of the risk of getting an infection via needles and injections. Also there is no impact on liver due to its non-toxic nature. While steroids can lead to a decrease of good cholesterol and the increase of bad cholesterol, SARMs don’t do that at all. In fact, some of them might even help us boost one’s health, as they are quite selective about the body parts that they influence. Unlike steroids, SARMs don’t bring in any undesirable physical changes like change in voice or growth of facial hair and also keeping the fertility factor untouched.

Along with aiding loose or gain weight quickly, SARMs also maintain our libido as compared to steroids which are known for making sex completely undesirable for both men and women. However, SARMs, the libido stays same and healthy as normal beings.

The last but most important benefits of SARMs is being regular in terms of muscular growth as steroids may sometimes bring in irregularity as few experience faster muscle growth in certain areas, but SARMs, are mostly concerned with gene expressions in androgen receptors and thus no problem of irregularity arises and hence resulting into uniform look along with muscle growth and maintenance.

Side effects

As there are two sides of coin, along with benefits there also are side effects of SARMs, every individual should understand and be aware of its cons as these SARMs have similar benefits as steroids, then it’s likely that they may similar side effects. But what separates SARMs from steroids is the amount of dosage, when take in right amount the side effects can be kept at bay.

The most serious side effects of SARMs can be the Night blindness, which may be caused by Andarine. Night time blindness is a common problem among the people who use Andarine. Some users may suffer from ting yellowness in vision after coming out of lit room. Although these can also be tackled with the help of moderate amount of dosage.

It is also studies that natural production of testosterone takes toll with use of SARMs, and is commonly faced problem by the people using it. Suppression of natural testosterone is also seen in steroids as the suppression is far more compared to SARMs. Most of testosterone suppressive SARMs are Testolone and Ostarine. When using those one needs to keenly administer the amount of dosage and hence can keep the above said side effect away.

Along with physical side effects, few may also experience some mental side effects. The most serious mental issue SARMs users are likely to experience is depression. Behavioral changes are observed in the case of steroids, as there are sudden suicidal thoughts and anger. If one experiences certain changes, it is advised to immediately stop usage, although there are very cases of these symptoms.


Comparison between SARMs and Anabolic Steroids

When compared SARMs and Steroids, the results that are found can prove beneficial to the people who are looking to structure their body, the way they want. Though steroids have been used since many years but the ill effect that has on human health and body is enormous. Man boobs are among the key problems, one faces while using steroids. This is called gynecomastia, and predominantly occurs because of impact on various hormones. Also steroid users suffer from shrunken testicles and infertility along with enlarged prostate glands. These issues can easily be tackled by using SARMs in moderate amount.

Something similar Man boobs, it actually in reverse for feminine steroid users as it will reverse their female qualities including the voice deepening, which cannot be restored. Irregular hair growth on unwanted places like face or chin specially can occur along with enlarged clitoris, severe hair loss are among common side effects but what makes it worse is its irreversibility. Lack of periods is the most dreadful side effect and can also take toll on their fertility. When it comes to SARMs no such effects have been noticed as it is more specific towards muscle development.

Some common side effects faced by both the genders are Acne, tumors, liver abnormalities along with increased LDL cholesterol, Hypertension, decreased HDL cholesterol. Various infections and diseases can occur with the use of injections, such as hepatitis and HIV. Issues like blood circulation and heart problems along with inhibited development and growth Tendon ruptures, as well as the increased risk of tendinitis are extensively seen in steroid users. Ironically all these issues lead to few other issues and get worsen if not treated in time. SARMs not only eliminate all these issues but also aids in other health related problems.

Behavioral or Mental issues have been part of side effects by both Steroids and SARMs, Aggression and sudden change in behavior is seen in both the users. Thoughts of depression, anxiety may occur in the users, predominantly in steroid users. This issue is largely an outcome of over use of anabolic steroids, In fact being in depression is important sign that steroid users need medical health. If received timely treatment, the users can go back to their lives. Symptoms of steroid addiction are similar to those of Heroin addicts. SARMs user may not turn addictive and have no side effects, when they decide to stop the usage.  Some of the other psychological issues that users may experience include Mania, Severe jealousy along with Paranoia and Impaired judgment.


Legality of SARMs

There always have been debate over legality of SARMs, as they are legal in several countries including while are United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada and other parts in Europe, while completely banned for general use in countries like United States and Australia. The promoters of SARMs state that ill effects of these products have been bad mouthed by the people, who don’t want any competitor to pro hormones or anabolic steroids. SARMs don’t come under the list of controlled drugs hence making legal for sale or purchase.

While in the country of United States of America, the SARMs Control Act of 2018 was brought in by long-time dietary supplement industry supporter Senator. Orrin Hatch, R-UT. The bill was introduced in order to give the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) more authority towards SARMs off the market. This decision was highly controversial, as the states has higher number of illegal steroid sales.






One should always take in consideration that SARMs are potent drugs and over use of SARMs can lead to severe health issues and that is why, it is always suggested that one must seek medical opinion and do blood tests before purchasing and using legal SARMs. Proper and intense workouts along with diet and sleep must be taken with SARMs for optimum results and long lasting body.

Even though SARMs are found to be safer in comparison with Anabolic steroids, one should opt for more natural products or ways in order to achieve their desired body type. There is no point in going through the damage caused by these products and taking efforts to reverse them. Organic products and ancient forms of exercises are also been promoted in parallel. Opting for products like steroids or SARMs is like taking short cut towards achieving health, forgetting that there is no short cut or replacement to hard work. The efforts taken in organic way lead to much sustainable body and a healthier mind. In times of various scams the ancient literature related to maintaining health and exercises arrives as a saving grace.  Annually numerous people suffer due to abuse of such anabolic products and that is why awareness should be created to keep these problems at bay. Few products are not restricted to their legality or illegality, they needed to be opted only when required the most.