What Is LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) and Should I Use It?
For aspiring athletes and bodybuilders, the world of supplements can be a dizzying one full of bewildering names and advice, scientific and medical terms.
Add to that a list of instructions and multiple potential side effects, supplements can be scary; particularly for those just venturing into muscle and performance enhancing products
What is a Supplement?
Also known as ergogenic aids, as well as muscle and athletic performance enhancers, a supplement is anything taken in addition to boost a nutritional diet in order to increase some aspect of the body. Supplements are are taken for:
- increased endurance
- increased recovery time
- increased muscle gain
- increased fat loss
- increasing vitamin and/or mineral consumption
amongst many other things. You can buy a lot of common supplements and even quite a few muscle and athletic performance enhancers from your regular drug store.
Sports and Supplements
Firstly, if you are a competitive athlete taking part in any sport that requires drug testing, you must ensure that your supplement isn’t prohibited. The World Anti-Doping Agency recently updated their prohibited list, and you can find it here; reference it before you buy anything in order to avoid being banned.
Secondly, you should always read the potential side effects of any sports supplement that you want to take as you may find that the potential advantages are outweighed by short- and long-term negative effects. Whenever you start a new supplement, strictly and carefully follow the dosage amounts and cycles (most cycles tend to be two to six weeks on the supplement, then a similar amount of time off), even if you are only looking to improve for personal reasons and not compete in a serious sports competition.
Of all supplements, anabolic steroids (muscle and testosterone enhancers) often come with the most side-effects and abuse such as taking well over fifty times to medical amount. Also known as Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), steroid abuse is well known for side-effects like ‘roid rage’ - extreme mood swings and aggression, sexual performance issues and breast growth in men or facial hair growth in women. Water retention is a key factor in increasing muscle appearance rather than building lean muscle mass. These are paltry compared to the long-term cumulative effects such: heart, kidney and lung damage, and severe water retention is potentially fatal.
We recommend against taking steroids unless it’s for a medical condition and/or strictly supervised by a medical expert. If you are only taking it for enhancement purposes, do not ever go above the recommended daily dose and never use long-term. Steroid abuse can be dangerous.
A safer option for many is S.A.R.M.s (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators).
What are S.A.R.M.s?
Without going into too much detail, androgen is the growth hormone for male aspects of the body. All bodies have male and female hormones in them and it is important to have the right balance of them for many reasons, but that’s for medical articles! S.A.R.M.s were actually created to help the elderly and cancer patients deal with muscle wastage and diseases like osteoporosis (bone weakness), anaemia, and chronic fatigue.
They are clinically approved drugs for helping these two groups of people, and were also found to help fight obesity and disease, improve bone and joint health, replace hormones, reduce muscle wastage and increase appetite.
As far as muscle and athletic performance enhancers go, S.A.R.M.s imitate natural androgen production in the body and help to:
- increase protein creation
- reduce muscle loss
- increase muscle mass and growth
- increase fat loss
- reduce recovery time
How are S.A.R.M.s and Steroids Different?
If muscle and performance enhancers can be considered like cars, then S.A.R.M.s are the Ferraris, Bugatti Veyrons and other supercars; steroids are F1 cars. The former can be used by anyone who can afford to take them, and the more experienced can take them well above the speed limit to experience the adrenaline rush. F1 cars are far too powerful and delicate to be used by the public. F1 accidents can be, and have been fatal.
Common S.A.R.M.s are:
- Ostarine MK-2866 (or Gtx-024)
- Andarine (GSX-007 or S-4)
- Testolone (RAD140), and
- Ligandrol/Anabolicum (LGD-4033 or VK-5211)
As S.A.R.M.s are not under any sort of legal control such as the FDA, then the product you are buying might not even contain Ligandrol or even any S.A.R.M at all. One study of forty-four supplements bought online found that only 52% of products contained any S.A.R.M at all, 9% had no active ingredient, 39% had more than one unapproved drug and 25% had ingredients not mentioned on the label. Common ingredients can be found in this list.
If you do wish to use a S.A.R.M, buy it only from well-known companies or websites where you can at least guarantee the S.A.R.M is present.
Before we go further, some words of advice. S.A.R.M.s are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is something to be aware of if you’re a drug-tested competitive athlete. They are legal for sale as research chemicals. As with all PEDs, some are stronger than others, and some come with more dangerous side effects. Despite this, they are increasingly popular in athletic circles.
Many S.A.R.M.s come with multiple names. Please check your country’s local laws before you import anything containing S.A.R.M.s.
What is Ligandrol?
Legally speaking, Ligandrol is currently undergoing clinical trials to test its effectiveness in preventing muscle wastage and osteoporosis. As far as clinical testing goes, Phase 1 testing has shown an increase in lean muscle mass with minimal side effects, and Phase II is focussed on seeing what its long-term effects on quality of life are.
In terms of sports, it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and may, in fact be illegal to even own in certain countries. For example, S.A.R.M.s may be legal in some countries, but in others you need a permit to import it.
What are the Benefits of Ligandrol?
Unlike steroids, Ligandrol will only attach itself to bones and tissue muscles, so it, like all S.A.R.M.s, reduces the chance of side effects. In addition, as Lingadrol has undergone several clinical trials, we can confirm that it is safer than other S.A.R.M.s and actually can increase muscle mass. One 2010 study found that healthy, young males with no nutritional deficiencies or illnesses who took 1mg of Ligandrol a day for three weeks gained around 0.5 kilogram (two pounds) of lean muscle with no other changes to diet or exercise.
If you take Ligandrol, you will see improvements in:
- Strength: Ligandrol can help you break through plateaus. Many users of this product say this S.A.R.M can increase cardiovascular strength and lifting strength in just three weeks.
- Fat loss: Ligandrol helps build muscle mass by encouraging the body to use stored fat cells to break down for extra energy and recovery. After some time, the body will start to become fat-adapted and will begin to naturally use fat as an energy source because it is easier to break down than muscle mass.
- Energy: Unlike steroids and the mood swings they can induce, Ligandrol is said to give you consistent levels of energy and positive feelings throughout the day.
- Pumps: Cycling Ligandrol can help give you fuller, harder muscles with more noticeable veins for longer without the risk of using strong S.A.R.M.s like Dianabol or Anavar.
- Good for both cutting and bulking: As it can increase muscle gain and fat loss without too much water retention, you can use it in your bulking or cutting phase and it will be equally effective. Again this is based primarily on anecdotal evidence from people who have used different sources for their supplements.
Is Ligandrol Safe?
Medically speaking, Ligandrol is one of the safest S.A.R.M.s around. It will not cause water retention, acne, bloating, liver toxicity, affect cardiovascular health or prostate health. It may have a mild suppression effect on your prostate if taken at very high doses for long periods of time.
As such, we highly recommend that you take as close to 1mg a day as possible, as this dosage has been proven to be safe for consumption in humans even though most supplements advise taking 5 – 10mg a day.
Should I Take Ligandrol?
Medically speaking, Ligandrol is one of the safest proven muscle enhancers out there. However, we cannot in good conscience or from a legal point of view say that Ligandrol is suitable for everyone, or even safe for consumption as it an unapproved drug still in the testing phases. In legal terms, Ligandrol is illegal in some countries and in others it may on the Controlled Substance list. It is legal to buy and sell within the US.
If you take part in collegiate or professional sports, LGD is probably not for you.
LGD is a great option for anyone looking for fast results from a compound that is safer than many of its anabolic counterparts, with a much lower chance of side effects. As with all products, individual results can vary, so monitor your own response and never exceed the recommended dosage. LGD is one of our longest standing most popular products.
Links in order in case they don’t show up or break
find it here https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list-documents
such as taking well over fifty times to medical amount - https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-steroids-101
this list - https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/ExerciseAndAthleticPerformance-HealthProfessional/
One study - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2664459?resultClick=1
2010 study - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4111291/