Ligandrol is a drug that was developed for treating muscular dystrophy and cancer in patients, but it has become popular with body builders to develop muscle size. Ligandrol, also known as LGD-4033, is considered in some athletic circles as a risk-free performance enhancing drug because it produces no noticeable side-effects, and, like testosterone, is regarded for increasing muscle mass. However, it is not without its controversy. Before you consider using it, understand the intended purpose for LGD, its acceptance in competitive sports, and the degree of safety for its users.
Ligandrol is, according to Melissa Waine from healthybutsmart.com, a non-steroid known as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals, under development by Viking Therapeutics. It was developed to reverses muscle loss in cancer patients undergoing treatment. She also states that LGD was created for treating other muscle wasting conditions such as osteoporosis and muscular dystrophy. The muscle loss due to these conditions greatly affect the quality of life of these patients, who may find it difficult to complete task we take for granted.
LGD is known as an androgen, says Waine, which is a compound that maintains the development of male characteristics in any animal with spines–including humans. A SARM, in particular, will actively bond with the Androgen receptors in the body, stimulating tissue growth in the muscles. In the case of LGD, it bonds to human muscles to enhance its growth, and it can be taken orally.LGD is not considered a steroid, and its only function is stimulating tissue growth. However, according to psmfdiet.com, some professional and competitive groups still ban it because they consider it to be an illegal performance enhancing supplement. One example of a competitive weightlifting group that bans all types of SARMs is the NANBF. Don’t feel discouraged if you want to consider using LGD because not all competitive sporting organizations ban it, but you must do your research on LGD if you are a member, or planning to become a member, of a competitive group before using it.LGD is known to not have any major side effects, and is taken because of the benefits it has for the body. However, LGD can still have minor and temporary negative effects on the body. One of the more notable ones, according to psmfdiet.com, is a reduction of free testosterone in the body. In some studies, the free testosterone in the bloodstream–which is known to promote muscle growth and stamina–was reduced. This reduction was not permanent, and this issue disappeared after a few weeks. Some users have also seen lowered levels of globulin. This is a sex hormone that is essential for binding other hormones together, and lowered levels of globulin is linked to lower sexual performance. However, this side effect also disappeared in a couple of weeks. As always, if you noticed these side effects persisting then stop usage and consult your doctor.
One more thing to consider before using ligandrol is it’s not yet regulated by the FDA. This means that the government has not giving conclusive evidence of its safety. Don’t not feel discouraged by this because many other medical tests prove it is safe to use. LGD may be right for you if you are seeking muscle growth. Be sure you are aware of its use in curing muscular dystrophy, the organizations that ban the use of SARMs, and the minor interference with hormones that it may have on your body.