Steroids like testosterone and nandrolone increase protein synthesis in muscles, but what about the anabolic steroids that don’t come with these traditional traits? Some of them do possess this capability; let’s examine which ones.
Ostarine, also known as MK-2866, is able to promote muscle cell growth like traditional steroids as a result of increased protein synthesis. In an animal study, researchers found that Ostarine caused muscle hypertrophy to the same extent as testosterone.
LGD-4033 is another SARM, or selective androgen receptor modulator, which increases protein synthesis in muscles. It’s similar to testosterone but not quite as powerful; it has about 50% of the anabolic properties of this beloved hormone without its nasty side effects. Additionally, LGD-4033 appears to be more specific for muscle tissue than other SARMs like RAD140. Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) is used by athletes and bodybuilders who are looking for lean gains with less water retention than can come with traditional steroids. GBL has even been shown to promote recovery after intense exercise.
Though these drugs currently aren’t approved by the FDA, they still have many benefits that can help athletes achieve their goals. Though it’s important to remember that SARMs are research chemicals and have not fully been tested, there are few side effects for short-term use. If you want to increase your protein synthesis without putting too much strain on your body or skin, perhaps one of these drugs is right for you!