SARM stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator. Which to most people (unless you’re a scientist) still doesn’t tell you much!
What is an Androgen?
An Androgen is a class of hormones that serve as ligands that bind to cellular androgen receptors. All anabolic steroids or prohormones build muscle through binding to androgen receptors.
What is a selective modulator?
A receptor modulator is a compound that can block or stimulate the nuclear hormone receptor under different conditions. If it can successfully stimulate a receptor in a tissue selectively, it may be able to mimic the beneficial effects within that singular tissue and minimise the unwanted effects (side effects) of hormones within the other tissues. In the most basic terms, they can help build muscle and minimize side effects by focusing on only the targeted receptors.
SARMS essentially are intended to produce similar effects to that of androgenic drugs such as testosterone but would be much more selective in their action, allowing them to potentially have more uses in pharmaceuticals and cause less side effects than other anabolic products for performance enhancement purposes.
Are SARMs safe?
In short, it depends who you ask. Hundreds of thousands of users across the world report results with minimal or no side effects from several different SARMs. But a smaller minority of users have experienced some side effects which vary from person to person as everyone is different.