Some people get confused about SARMs and peptides. But to be honest, they also get those confused with anabolic steroids and prohormones as well.
Just to be clear at the start of this, anabolic steroids and prohormones are highly androgenic generally. They hammer the androgen receptors across the body, creating a range of really bad side effects. That’s why they are both completely banned and I would never advise you try them.
So let’s take a quick look now at the things you can use relatively safely: SARMs and peptides. I’m going to tell you what each is, compare them, and talk to you about their relative safety.
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are a group of research chemicals that have never been through human trials for any purpose at all.
However, the formulas have been copied by private labs and are sold online around the world to tens of thousands of people every year who use them for bodybuilding and performance purposes.
They were mostly developed for bone regeneration, and dealing with muscle wasting illnesses. However, not all SARMs are the same.
But there are other chemicals which are called SARMs, which actually aren’t. Cardarine, YK-11, and MK-677 are research chemicals which boost physical performance levels, and can also stimulate muscle growth through other means.
But the classic SARMs are anabolic in nature. Which means you will need a PCT supplement afterwards to help your body to recover its normal testosterone levels and production.
SARMs generally have a significant effect on muscle and bone tissue because of the way they target androgen receptors in them. It produces significant muscle growth, alongside improvements in stamina and performance.
Peptides are any bodybuilding supplement that comprises of a chain of 50 amino acids or less.
It’s part of a larger group, where amino acid chains between 10 and 100 in length, which are known as polypeptides.
Polypeptides with more than 50 amino acids are proteins, those less than 50 aren’t.
The key point is that peptides are better than proteins and creatine for muscle building effects.
Peptides are not anabolic, so there’s no problems with testosterone or side effects from the androgen receptors. They actually work by acting as growth hormone secretagogues.
Using peptides leads to an increase in the secretion of growth hormone. Whether they are natural or synthetic, there are two main forms, GHRH and GHRP.
The elevation of growth hormone not only helps to stimulate muscle growth, but elevated levels of growth hormone can also increase levels of testosterone slightly, and also levels of IGF-1, the key muscle building hormone.
SARMs Vs Peptides
If you want explosive growth more quickly, then SARMs are definitely better. They are generally stronger, and especially if you stack them, you will see far more dramatic effects than you will with peptides in a short space of time.
The other thing with SARMs is that you can stack different types to give you anabolic effects, and gain strength and endurance increases from non-anabolic SARMs.
SARMs just offer a very good flexibility, and great results in a short space of time. They are the powerhouse below anabolic steroids.
However, peptides can produce significant effects as well. But because growth hormone and IGF-1 levels fluctuate more, results are less predictable.
Both are non-anabolic generally, they are indirectly anabolic, targeting certain groups of muscle tissue.
On the downside, with SARMs, because of the mimicking of testosterone, it does mean that you will suffer testosterone level drops. So it will be essential that you use a high-quality PCT supplement like Nolvadex or Clomid.
Peptides are a great alternative to standard proteins and powders, stuff like creatine. They don’t generally act as aggressively in muscle and bone tissue, but are a great step down from SARMs.
In fact, a lot of people stack SARMs, and they stack peptides alongside supplements and shakes, to get the best of both worlds.
So in actual fact, it shouldn’t actually be seen as a battle between SARMs and peptides, they can be used alongside each other to increase bone and muscle mass, drive strength and endurance gains, and help with recovery times.
Which Is Safer: SARMs Or Peptides?
Generally, peptides are safer than SARMs. SARMs can have side effects that can be significant. Not dangerous, but if left unattended, they can cause long-term problems.
The most obvious one is the anabolic effects where testosterone drops create a path estrogen to increase. This can lead to permanent changes in breast tissue and other physical changes can take place as well.
But that doesn’t mean that peptides are completely safe to use. If you’re using GHRH synthetic peptides (growth hormone releasing hormone made synthetically), then it can lead to lowered glucose tolerance and elevated blood sugar levels. People can also suffer joint pain, water retention, alongside tingling and numbness in fingers and feet.
GHRP peptides if used at high doses can make you tired, hungry, and increase GI motility.
But the side effects are not always present unless you take high doses, and if you are using them a typical doses, SARMs and peptides usually are pretty safe to use as long as you keep them in closely regulated cycles, have good breaks, and use any supporting supplements that are needed to get the most out of them safely.
The conclusion is that basically they do different things. They get similar results, in that they are both targeting muscle growth, but SARMs are far more potent, and you can stack them in different ways to get bulking, cutting, and strength levels raised far more quickly than you ever could naturally.
Peptides don’t have a direct anabolic effect, but they do help the body to build muscle more quickly, you just have to make sure you don’t overdo it so that you start to suffer from negative side effects.