Ostarine is on the chopping block to be scheduled as an illegal anabolic agent. Since this original article was written, there have been some serious updates to ostarine and SARM’s in general. Ostarine was being sold as a dietary supplement (illegally) and while most of it has been cleared off the market, we do still see some research chemical companies selling this chemical androgen. Ostarine can certainly put on lean muscle and help burn some fat, but it is not without side effects, so it’s important to understand that these agents are like steroids in both effects and side effects, which is why congress is going to schedule them similar to other anabolic steroids. Be sure to know what you are doing when using something like Ostarine. It is not a harmless agent and can cause side effects similar to anabolic steroids at doses commonly used by bodybuilders.
What we have learned is this:
- ostarine is not without side effects at high doses (30-60mg) since the original studies used 3mg
- ostarine can be liver toxic at higher doses
- ostarine certainly can cause shut-down which requires PCT
Ostarine AKA MK-2688 is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator or (SARM). This is a special type of molecule which binds to the skeletal muscle and bone androgen receptors and not to any other androgen receptors.
Side Effect Free Muscle Growth?
By only binding to muscle and bone and not sebaceous glands or hair follicles, by not being converted to DHT or estrogen this is the most powerful and efficient way of building side effect free muscle. It is purely anabolic and completely side effect free. The only risk is that there may be some mild natural test shut down with cycles over 4 weeks, however the time between cycles are only 4 weeks. In clinical trials 6 pounds of muscle were gained in 4-6 weeks of use with 25mg. While this may not seem impressive, this is rock hard muscle, not a mixture of water, fat and muscle like most wet bulking agents like D-Bol, M-drol, Anadrol, or testosterone.
SARM’s can be used like anabolic steroids and can have similar results, but they do have much of the same side effects. users report 6-8lbs of mass gain with Ostarine which is quite impressive when you consider that will likely stay with you for a long time. Ostarine doesn’t seem to cause any hair loss or prostate issues, no matter what the dose, which is an improvement over traditional anabolic steroids, but they are not the clean and perfect anabolics that people thought that they would be. Many blood tests on youtube show Ostarine causes shut down similar to other steroids.
It is oral with a high bioavailability without being methylated like all oral anabolic steroids. The only non methylated, oral, virtually side effect free prohormone is 1-Andro. This is the closest thing to a SARM of any prohormone or anabolic steroid. The advantage of 1-Andro over Ostarine is its not a black market item, 1-Andro is 100% legal! In fact 1-andro yields better results. Being an oral agent, it can cause liver stress, so users should consider taking a supplement like N-Acetyl-Cystine with Ostarine. Oral agents are designed to resist liver stress, which can certainly be true for ostarine.
To read more about 1-Andro click here!
How is Ostarine Different from S-4?
S-4 was a previous black market SARM which showed little gains in muscle mass and had only a 3:1 anabolic to androgenic ratio. Additionally it had some vision disturbances associated with its use. Because of this and the doses from the black market manufacturer were 50 – 150 mg a day coupled with the no mass building effect it was believed that the S-4 on the black market was cut with Clomiphene. True Ostarine should not have these vision side effects.
Cutting and Recomp
Cutting on Ostarine is a great way to lose fat and not lose muscle. Only 12.5 mg is necessary while cutting to hang on to muscle.
More importantly recomp, staying the same scale weight while swapping your fat for new muscle, is the holy grail of bodybuilding. The other holy grail of bodybuilding is building muscle side effect free. With Ostarine and clean eating on a slight calorie surplus you can achieve these amazing effects!
The way Ostarine achieves this is that it has a nutrient partitioning effect like 1-Andro and other prohormones. Unlike Ostarine, prohormones are legal and can be stacked with any cycle, for instance it works perfect with 1-Andro.
So to avoid using the black market to get a product which only builds muscle with no other side effects except mild shutdown on cycles over 6 weeks, then use 1-Andro!
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