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Are Sarms Bad For You?

Also Known As: selective androgen receptor modulators



Short answer

SARMs can be bad for you, but as each one varies, it is necessary to do more in-depth research on whichever one you plan to use.



Long answer

SARMs are selective androgen receptor modulators and are a class of androgen receptor ligands designed to treat muscle wasting diseases and often used by bodybuilders as a way to keep and build lean muscle mass. One of the main problems with trying to give a fair account of SARMs is the variability. There is undergoing research into their efficacy and safety and each one has its own benefits and risks that should be researched independently. Therefore, this article will only give a very brief overview of SARMs and should not be understood to be the final word on any one individual SARM. While there may be hundreds of SARMs, the two best-researched and most widely available ones are Ostarine and Andarine. 

The primary function of SARMs is to work much like testosterone. Unfortunately, this can cause the side effect of grinding actual testosterone production to a halt. While SARMS are non-steroidal and help in lean muscle growth and maintenance, as well as preventing more serious diseases such as osteoporosis and other muscle wasting diseases, they do carry serious possible risks. One such risk is gynecomastia. Other cosmetic risks include male pattern baldness, acne, and body hair growth. SARMs can also cause a growth of the heart, lead to cholesterol imbalance, and cause liver toxicity. 

The fact is that although SARMs may be beneficial and do seem to hold a lot of potential - according to both scientists and consumers - not enough is known to make an absolute judgment. If you want to try a SARM, do due diligence researching and speak to a physician about possible benefits and effects.

Possible short-term side effects

  • temporary vision impairment

Possible long-term side effects

  • halted testosterone production
  • male pattern baldness
  • acne
  • body hair growth
  • male breast growth
  • liver toxicity
  • cholesterol imbalance


  • treatment of muscle wasting diseases
  • helps build lean muscle mass
  • helps prevent loss of lean muscle

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Written by Jeff Volling | 02-28-2016

Written by Jeff Volling
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