It is a well documented and universally accepted fact that to look and feel fighting fit, you want you to be engaging in a healthy diet that is high in fruit and vegetable content. Green fruits and especially green vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals that the body uses to improve digestive health, balance cholesterol, maintain heart health, boost energy levels and assist with weight loss. What we want to know is, can sarms play a role in helping the body achieve any of these goals?
Sarms are an acronym for selective androgen receptor modulators. They have the intent of acting in similar fashion to androgenic drugs, which boost the male sex hormone testosterone or have similar effects to it, but have actions which are far more selective innature. Sarms were developed whilst studying treatments for prostate cancer. The isolated molecules were found to have a remarkable anabolic effect, helping test subjects to increase lean muscle mass whilst simultaneously losing body fat. They are considered to be similar to steroids, but given their androgen receptor specificity and tissue selectivity, they do not have the same severity of side effects.
Whilst the health benefits of sarms are still being researched and discovered, there are three primary purposes as to why someone might want to use them. The most obvious of these three is to help build muscle. Whether it be for bulking or increasing lean muscle mass, sarms are virtually guaranteed to help you gain muscle. They are very popular amongst the bodybuilder community for this reason. An aid to endurance is another of the three. Research and anecdotal evidence points to an improvement in the cardio output of people using sarms. The final purpose of the three and the most similar function to eating green is the support of weight loss.So which sarms have the reputation for being weight loss superheroes? Well whilst superhero status might be a hyperbole, the sarms that are most well known for their weight loss properties are ligandrol, andarine, ostarine and stenabolic.
Ligandrol (LGD4033) is found to have an anabolic impact upon the body. It is designed to help you burn as many calories as possible whilst exercising but retaining muscle mass at the same time.
Stenabolic (SR-9009) is known to bind to the protein rev-erb which helps to alter the glucose levels in the body. It is also shown to increase the mitochondria in the muscle cells which gives you a boost to your energy levels. Reducing fat levels and increasing your energy output will both assist you in losing weight.
Ostarine (MK2866) is also known for offering increases to lean muscle mass, especially in people who have been unwell and experienced muscle wasting. It’s also being researched for its ability to increase bone strength. These increases to muscle mass and strength are going to help you exercise better and shed those unwanted kilos.
Finally, Andarine (S4) is a booster for protein synthesis. It helps to prevent muscle wasting by binding to androgen receptors. It increases levels of lean muscle mass and improves your overall strength, aiding in the promotion of weight loss throughout the body. Fun fact : Andarine was the first SARM identified when new treatments for prostate cancer were being researched. Sarms are never going to be a strict replacement for clean eating. When used appropriately, they can be a boon for people looking to help achieve their weight loss goals.