Why has the USA banned SARMs?
SARMs are chemical substances that are dedicated to bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts both when they are on reduction and when they care about weight. For a while, they were freely available all over the world. They were invented in the 1990s by James T. Dalton, who was a researcher looking for a cure for prostate cancer. Admittedly, he failed to reach his goal – but instead, he invented something that can be successfully used in sports or bodybuilding. You should know that, at the very beginning of tests on SARMs, they gave really solid results in muscle tissue growth. Most people know that they are perfect alternatives to anabolics because they are much safer to use. Nevertheless, what is most controversial about them is that they have been banned in the United States… but are still legal in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Banning SARMs in the US
SARMs were banned in the US on November 19, 2019, with the introduction of the SARMs Control Act, which classified SARMs as anabolic steroid-like products.
Many Americans from the sports and bodybuilding industry are convinced that the SARMs Control Act was introduced to make money of SARMs. Until now, you did not need a prescription to buy these products; however, probably American pharmaceutical companies will want to use SARMs in the production of drugs for osteoporosis or muscle loss related to cancer. And, as you know, the pharmaceutical industry brings much more income to the budget of countries (especially large ones like the United States) than the sports or bodybuilding industry.
The biggest argument in the US that works in favour of banning SARMs is their hepatotoxicity. However, this accusation is not entirely true, because unlike anabolic steroids (to which the US government compared SARMs), they do not adversely affect the liver, kidneys or digestive system. However, there are many indications that they do have side effects such as androgenetic alopecia, water retention, acne, gastric problems or arterial hypertension – but there is probably no drug for muscle growth that does not cause any side effects. They can only be minimized or changed to something else.
In addition, there are many indications that some people in the US died while using SARMs. However, it should be taken into account that in these few cases, people used also other supplements and products in addition to SARMs.
Are SARMs still available in Europe?
Both in the UK and in the rest of European countries, SARM products are legal and available for purchase. However, there are many products of this type on the market and you must be aware to choose the ones from safe sources. Scientists, while examining such products available on the market, proved that as many as 48% of them did not even include SARMs! And even worse, as much as 39% of them included some illegal substances, 9% of them did not have any active ingredients at all, and 59% had other doses of active substances than suggested by the manufacturer.
So, if you are from Europe, including the UK, and you have found a safe and reliable product to buy – good for you. You don’t need to worry about it being quickly withdrawn from the market. However, if you are just starting your adventure with SARMs, be careful to read the descriptions and recommendations very carefully and choose wisely the products you want to buy.
However, you must also remember that starting with 2020, China, which is the largest exporter of SARM products, will no longer export them abroad – so it is worth choosing products of European origin so that they do not disappear from the market.
Examples of reliable SARMs available in the UK
When it comes to companies whose SARM products are available in the UK, two brands definitely stand out: Koka Labz and Fantazy Illusion. Among the highly recommended SARMs, there are such products as Ibuta MK-677, Nuclear Warhead 4 SARM Stack, Cardarine GW-501516 and Testolone RAD-140 – and many others. The great advantage of these products is that they are very well described, so you can be sure what you take and what effects you may expect, so it’s easier for you to avoid any unforeseen consequences that could have occurred if you obtained SARMs from an uncertain source.