I want to shed some light on some potential safety concerns in regards to Ostarine. Ostarine is a compound that is being marketed as the safe alternative to taking steroids. However, there is one very important aspect that is not being told to consumers.
Ostarine, or mk-2886, is what is known as a selective androgen receptor modulator. It is a pharmaceutical compound that will more than likely one day become a prescription drug. However, it is still in the research phase and available as a research chemical. It was originaly created to treat muscle wasting diseases and osteoporosis.
Androgen receptors regulate the effects of hormones and gene expressions. When someone takes steroids, the receptors are signaled to things like grow muscle tissue and increase strength. However, the steroid may also signal receptors to do negative things. Negatives would be acne, increased estrogen levels, or elevate blood pressure.
SARMs activate the receptors in a way that is selective to only the favorable qualities. Therefor, they are called selective androgen receptor modulators.
The first study of this compound found that as little as 3mg per day was anabolic. It was discovered that it worked almost exclusively on building skeletal muscle tissue! Athletes are taking Ostarine as a more safe alternative to steroids. The problem here is that they are taking ten times the safe amounts that were studied. More is not always better.
I can’t stand when someone bashes something and doesn’t know what they are talking about.
Its also very upsetting when companies market something as completely safe because they have an agenda of making money rather than worry about the safety of the customers.
Let me give you a good example of what I’m talking about.
Go get on YouTube and type in SARMs or Ostarine. You might find an Italian guy with tattoos who seems to have all the answers. He is constantly claiming to be “your friend who is looking out for you”. This guy assures you that Ostarine is completely safe. But he also just happens to have affiliation with several very shady websites. The sites he promotes just happen to sell the ‘safe’ compounds he constantly promotes.
There is a very important, aspect of Ostarine that no one seems to talk about. Which is where Ostarine comes from.
Ostarine is derived from a drug known as Bicalutamid.
Bicalutamide is a drug for men with prostate cancer and works as anti-androgenic compound. It is not for women and absolutely not for pregnant woman or those who care about their ovaries. Everything I have read indicates that under no circumstances should a woman ever so much as get close to bicalutamide.
Taken from www.drugs.org
‘Although bicalutamide is not for use by women, this medicine can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy.’
Therefore, I find it incredibly irresponsible that Ostarine is constantly being suggested and marketed to women.
It is naïve to think that since ostarine is just a derivative of bicalutamide, the compound has lost the harmful effects of its parent drug. Since it is still in the research phase, no one can say for sure if the side effects are less or maybe even worse.
As far as men go.
Taken from www.oncolink.org
‘This drug can affect your reproductive system, resulting in sperm production becoming irregular or stopping permanently. In addition, you may experience erectile dysfunction or a decreased desire for sex during treatment. Talk to your urologist about options for treating erectile dysfunction. Exposure of an unborn child to this medication could cause birth defects. You should not father a child while on this medication and effective birth control is necessary during treatment, even if you believe you are not producing sperm. You may want to consider sperm banking if you may wish to have a child in the future. Discuss these options with your oncology team.’
In regards to the studies, men who are trying to father children should take caution and definitely discard the possibly damaged sperms for six months following an Ostarine cycle. I would also suggest having a sperm analysis done if you plan on having children.
The long term effects aren’t yet known with research chemicals like Ostarine. Due to a lack of extensive scientific evaluations, you are truly rolling the dice with your long term health .
I personally do not think that the rewards are worth the risks!
I have done 3 cycles of Ostarine and all three were different brands. And the only cycle that I got any results from was when I ran Ostashred by HardRock Supplements. One UK based brand did absolutely nothing for me. The other didn’t do anything but cause some discomfort in my groin during the third week of use. Please understand that I am providing this information as someone who has used the compound multiple times. I have seen way better results from non-methylated pro hormones. They convert to known hormones that have documented studies dating back over 50 years.
I want everyone to understand the full picture here. Not blindly seeing only what snake oil salesmen and supplement companies want you to see. Often times, when something is promised to be the holy grail, it is far from the truth.