During the last few years, the popularity of Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) has surged to new heights. SARMS suddenly became the most popular thing after Prohormones that once ruled the bodybuilding and fitness industries were banned by the US Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) in December 2014.
Medically, Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) have been used in many clinical trials to enhance bone health and physical function without posing adverse results on the cardiovascular system and the prostate. These “next generation” research chemicals have proved their efficacy in treatment of severe health conditions such as cancer cachexia, frailty, osteoporosis, aging and chronic diseases.
However, a big majority of bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have been using these drugs for image and performance enhancement purposes. This is primarily because SARMS have the ability to increase muscle mass, increase testosterone, improve bone density, stimulate fat loss, and many more. In addition to these advantages, SARMS do not get converted to estrogen and Dihydrotestosterone that means reduced risk of prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, prostate enlargement, and virilization in women. Furthermore, Selective androgen receptor modulators facilitate the preferential expression of anabolic activity in bones and muscles and are not like the traditional testosterone supplementation that doesn’t possess the chemical makeup for withstanding the digestive system.
SARMS are not illegal in the United States for the fact that they are non-steroidal compounds that nevertheless have the ability to activate androgen receptors. However, they must be considered legal only for research purposes and are not meant to be sold as supplements or can be made available at supplement stores. In other words, SARMS can be purchased legally for research purposes only but they cannot be sold as supplements in the United States as that would be a purported violation of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). They are not classified as banned drugs by most countries of the world. Their use is prohibited at-all-times for professional athletes as SARMS find a place in the banned substances list for 2016 of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
2016 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods by The World Anti-Doping Agency: http://list.wada-ama.org/
Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994: https://ods.od.nih.gov/About/DSHEA_Wording.aspx