Atletes use Cardarine to achieve two goals: bulking (or improving muscle gains) and cutting (losing fat to show off muscle mass).
How does it achieve that?
Contrary to popular belief, Cardarine is not a SARM (selective androgen receptor modulator) like Ligandrol or Stenabolic. It is a PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor). While the two types of drugs work in similar ways, PPARs don’t bind to androgen receptors and have no anabolic activity. This is actually a good thing. It won’t affect your testosterone production, and while it increases endurance it is not considered a stimulant – you won’t have trouble falling asleep, and you won’t have that anxious or jittery feeling.
GW 501516 works by targeting the androgen receptors that stimulates glucose in the muscles, then blocks the formation of fatty acid chains. So instead of using glucose for energy, your body uses fat. It’s the same effect you would get if your body from extreme intermittent fasting.
Cardarine also enables your body to efficiently use oxygen stores in the muscle, improving your endurance and performance. In one study, mice who were given this drug were able to run twice as long and fast. There have been no studies on humans, but there are anecdotal evidence and testimonials. The bodybuilding and Crossfit community often talk about how they are able to train for longer periods, with just short rest periods in between. In particular, weightlifters say that they can do more sets with higher reps and still maintain slow, steady and deliberate form.
Others say that Cardarine also improved their overall recovery time (likely because of the drug’s ability to activate the fast twitch muscle fibers, which improve muscle repair).
What are the other benefits of Cardarine?
Aside from improving endurance and performance, Cardarine also provides several other health benefits.First of all, it controls atherosclerosis, or the build-up of plaque in the arteries – one of the biggest factors in heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. In several clinical studies, rats who took GW 501516 had higher levels of good (HDL) cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol. Remember, Cardarine was first marketed as an anti-cholesterol drug, so this is a clearly proven benefit.
Second of all, since Cardarine prompts the body to use fat instead of glucose for energy, it can help prevent or control Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.
Third of all, Cardarine can help minimize damage to the liver. Since the body’ blood sugar levels are lower, Cardarine protects this vital organ from the bad effects of a diet with high levels of fructose and other sugars. One study on mice found that it actually improved non-alcoholic liver disorders. However, researchers say that very controlled short-term use of Cardarine proves to have the best effect on the liver.
A fourth possible benefit is lower risk for kidney disease. While research on this area is still in its early stages, there are signs that it can lower MCP-1 expression, which is one of the factors in the development of this dreaded condition.
What dosages of cardarine should I take?
Most experts recommend taking 20 to 30 milligrams of Cardarine a day. It has a 16 to 24-hour half-life, so you can either take 1 dose of 20 or split the dose into 10 milligrams twice a day.As for the optimum cycle, take it for 12 weeks, and then stop for a 6-week break before recontinuing. You will not need any post-cycle therapy.No one has reported any ill effects from long-term use of Cardarine. However, stick to the maximum dose of 30 milligrams a day.You can stack Cardarine with other supplements without experiencing any ill side effects. Many bodybuilders will combine it with LGD 4033 and Ostarine.
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