SARMs vs. Prohormones Review
SARMs vs Prohormones. Battle of the ages. Who wins? Is it the androgen receptor who is still under investigation, or is it the big bad prohormone who was banned from the game, and is trying to make a comeback?
But before the bell rings, let’s back up a little bit, and learn the back story.
Cultivating a stunning physique is no easy task, whether you are in it for competition or merely for the aesthetics. Similarly, adhering to a strict diet plan and a workout routine can be a daunting prospect even for the strongest willed. Not to mention the recovery time involved when you’ve been training intensively can be frustrating.
A lot is involved when trying to get that Greek-god like body, but even when everything is perfect, the plateau phase comes along and ruins the progress. Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and bodybuilders have used SARMs and prohormones in their own capacity to increase muscle gains, cultivate a lean physique, and enhance strength and recovery. What’s more, both of them have delivered results expediently.
Here we go! The fans have decided that they cannot have two kings in the same weight class, and for that, we need to know who the undisputed champ is. So sit back, and enjoy the front row seats as SARMs vs Prohormones kicks off right now!
What are SARMs?
SARM is an acronym for selective androgen receptor modulator. It is a type of drug that is chemically similar to anabolic steroids. However, their action is selective (we’ll get to this later).
There are several SARMs on the market, and some are more potent and pose a higher risk of side effects than others. The more popular ones include:
- MK-2866 or GTx-024 (Ostarine)
- LGD-4033 (Ligandrol)
- GSX-007 or S4 (Andarine)
- GW-501516 (Cardarine)
Are you wondering why they have strange alphanumeric names? Well, the majority of the SARMs are still being researched, and none is yet to be cleared for medical use. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies haven’t bothered naming them. At the moment, they are sold as research chemicals.
SARMs are non-steroidal drugs which stimulate the androgen receptors in the muscle and bone cells, with little effect on the rest of the body. Unlike anabolic steroids whose androgenic action affects all the somatic cells, SARMs command your muscles and bones to develop without affecting the rest of the body.
SARMs do not break down into unwanted molecules. For instance, they do not easily convert to 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT, a driver of numerous undesirable effects caused by anabolic steroids (AS). Also, they are resistant to aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Finally, given that they aren’t as potent androgenic compounds as AS’s, they do not inhibit natural testosterone production significantly, making it easier to recover.
Why Do People Use SARMs?
Initially, SARMs were developed for treating muscle wasting conditions, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, and anemia. Technically, they were intended to be a healthier alternative for testosterone replacement.
It is a common belief in the bodybuilding community that SARMs help cut since they help to retain lean mass without causing water retention. Moreover, while they aren’t as powerful muscle builders like steroids, SARMs are more effective than anything any natural substance, such as Creatine.
Besides, they are favorite among athletes, given their difficulty to detect during drug tests.
Are SARMs Safe?
Despite SARMs being around for over a decade, they still lack in human research. Their potential long-term side effects also remain unclear, which causes reasonable concern. Moreover, given that all SARMs are black market products, they lack oversight and quality control, which makes them subject to contamination, mislabeling, among other shenanigans.
Regardless, here’s the available
SARMs suppress endogenous testosterone production
Although one of the selling points of SARMs is that they do not blunt your natural T levels, it is quite unfortunate because they do. Studies have confirmed that SARMs can affect your testosterone production by up to 55%. Interestingly, SARMs such as S23 are being investigated for application as a male contraceptive because of their potential to inhibit the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone, which reduces testosterone and overall sperm count.
SARMs do manifest similar side effects to anabolic steroids
However, these side effects are dose-dependent, and the more you use, the more pronounced the impact.
It is easier to recover from SARMs than it is from anabolic steroids
Anecdotal reports indicate that it is easier to recover from SARMs after cessation, unlike conventional steroids.
Numerous SARM products aren’t what they claim to be
Given that SARMs are illegal, their production is uncontrolled, which opens them up to all sorts of skullduggery, as mentioned earlier on. Studies show that many of the products being promoted as SARMs do not contain any SARMs or contain other hidden substances.
What are Prohormones?
A prohormone is a chemical substance that acts as a precursor of a particular hormone in the body. This means that when it is taken, enzymatic processes occur, and the chemical is converted into the intended hormone. For bodybuilding, prohormones are converted into anabolic hormones. Consequently, they produce similar effects to those of anabolic steroids, although at a lesser magnitude.
However, the term prohormone today not only refers to precursors to anabolic hormones but also already active compounds that do not require conversion into a hormone to produce any anabolic effects. This is because the first generation of prohormones was abolished, and the substances dismissed as dangerous anabolic substances.
As a result, various supplement companies embarked on creating a legal alternative for the conventional prohormones. Consequently, the bodybuilding industry is rife with numerous prohormones. Here are some of the most popular ones.
Why Do People Use Prohormones?
Prohormones are mostly preferred for their ability to mimic the action of testosterone, Nandrolone, Trenbolone or other popular anabolic steroids. Prohormones are used by professional bodybuilders, athletes, and different caliber individuals who work extensively with their bodies. Primarily, these individuals target rapid muscle growth and removal of unwanted body fat.
Are Prohormones Safe?
The term safe is very relative when it comes to bodybuilding supplements, especially prohormones. Although the new generation prohormones are not as potent as the older ones, they do present various side effects, similar to those of anabolic steroids.
Some of the known side effects of prohormones include:
- Testosterone suppression
- Raising bad cholesterol levels
- Testosterone suppression
- Destruction of the lipid panel
Anyway, this is what you should know about using prohormones.
One must use cycle support to help you protect the liver, combat hypertension, and high cholesterol. Most athletes use milk thistle along prohormones to safeguard them against liver damage.
Prohormones will affect the natural production of testosterone in your system, which will leave you completely shut down after completing the cycle. Thus, Post cycle therapy is crucial after every prohormone cycle.
Prohormones aromatize to estrogen, which will expose you to side effects such as bloating, and gynecomastia (man boobs). To counter these, people use aromatase inhibitors, most of which are illegal.
SARMs vs. Prohormones
So, who wins the war between SARMs and prohormones? Drumroll, please. Instead of giving you the winner right away, how about we score that bout together?
Both SARMs and prohormones both mimic the actions of anabolic steroids to some extent. However, given that prohormones act as precursors of the actual anabolic hormones, their anabolic effects are more pronounced than those of SARMs. However, this also means that their side effects are more pronounced.
When dealing with SARMs, you may have to wait a little bit longer to attain the results you want, and the side effects are dose-dependent. In fact, the majority of the SARMs users have reported minimal side effects, unlike prohormone users.
SARMs are not sanctioned for human use, are illegal and are therefore not controlled. Prohormones, on the other hand, are legal and subject to quality control.
See where this is going? In order to find the winner, it is crucial that we go a step further to explore the real cost of using SARMs versus that of using prohormones.
Enter the tiebreaker.
Given that SARMs have mild side effects and are easy to recover from, one does not require post cycle therapy or cycle support when using these supplements. However, when using prohormones, the latter is imperative.
Therefore, when you only have to be concerned about buying your dosage SARMs, you will be required to purchase post cycle and cycle support supplements, (ERMs, AIs, Testosterone boosters, lipid panel, and liver protection). Eventually, it translates to thousands of dollars per year.
Finally, it comes down to the judges to score the bout. To which corner do you give the W? SARMs or prohormones? Anyway, the way it appears, this is a split decision, a very close one by the way, and the favor could go to either team. It all comes down to weighing your options. Illegal, uncontrolled and probably safe SARMs, or legal, dangerous and expensive to maintain prohormones? Not to forget, some of the cycle support supplements required when using prohormones are also illegal. A bit of a catch 22 you got there, huh? All the best scoring the fight. You’ve got all the facts.