What is Cardarine?
Cardarine was originally discovered in 1992, while research was being conducted by Ligand Pharmaceuticals and Giaxo Smith Kline. Initially, GSK wanted this drug to be for the prevention of prostate and breast tumors. Cardarine is a peroxisome proliferator-activator-receptor delta agonist (PPARo). Trials of the drug began in 2000. In 2007, two large studies had been completed in regard to the drug and its treatment of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and dyslipimedia. This drug is also known as GW-501, 516, GW1516, GSK-516, GW501516 and Endurobol.
Eventually the testing was stopped, due to cancer being present in test subjects. Later, a different laboratory obtained a sample of the drug and changed the testing protocol. This laboratory began experimenting with larger doses of Cardarine and found different results. This time, the test subjects’ physical performance increased by large amounts. The test then showed many results that they had not expected such as:
- Higher levels of endurance
- Fat was lost quicker and obesity was prevented
- Type-2 diabetes in the test subjects was lowered in severity
- HDL cholesterol levels began to lower
- Wounds were healed quicker
In 2008, many athletes began using Cardarine as a performance-enhancing drug. A special drug screen was created prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics that allowed the International Olympic Committee to test athletes for Cardarine use. This drug was being sold on bodybuilding websites and could be found on the black market.
In 2017, there were a total of 31 sanctions given to athletes for using this illegal substance. Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is a heavyweight boxer who tested positive for the substance in 2019. He was about to fight Anthony Joshua for the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Miller was later unable to fight against Anthony due to multiple failed drug screens.
Today, Cardarine is still available but it appears to be dangerous and can only be obtained illegally or possibly through a prescription.
There are many potential benefits with the correct and proper usage of the product. Research has shown that this compound can improve tissue and muscle growth. Many people use it for treating decreased energy levels.
Cardarine can also be used to treat cardiovascular problems such as stroke, heart attack, etc.
Some of the benefits
- Increased energy levels-athletes and bodybuilders can work out for longer periods of time.
- Can help promote muscle fiber formation-many supplements that help with fat loss will dissipate muscle mass. This is not the case with Cardarine. Fat can be lost but the muscle will not be depleted.
- Drastic increase in stamina and endurance-workouts can be longer and more intense. The athlete can usually burn more calories.
- Increased levels of fat dissipation
- Will not elevate/reduce hormone levels-does not imitate SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators).
- Can increase liver function-this results in quicker recovery time after your hard workouts. Some research has shown that users do not have to rest for long periods after a workout. They are able to quickly begin their workouts again.
- Wounds can potentially heal faster and more efficiently
- Can possibly help with the prevention of kidney disease
- Cardarine has anti-inflammatory properties
Cardarine is not a stimulant. It won’t prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep and it will not make you feel nervous or jittery.
Unfortunately, many side effects have been found in the brief history of Cardarine. Currently, this compound is considered “not safe for human consumption” and is still labeled as a “research chemical”.
The FDA has not approved the drug and it is currently meant to be for research only.
Some of the negative effects of Cardarine are:
- Gw501516 is not easily accessible or readily available
- It takes weeks of continual usage for change to occur
- Over usage can have adverse reactions
- Can possibly cause cancer after extended periods of use
- Gw501516 can possibly cause liver damage
Many people have concern that Cardarine is a type of SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators). SARMs basically replicate testosterone that is already found in the body. It then can increase physical performance, burn fats, improve muscle mass and raise muscle strength. Contrary to popular belief, Cardarine doesn’t appear to be a SARMs. This substance doesn’t control the activities of androgen receptors that are found in bones and muscles.
One of the primary uses of Cardarine is to treat dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia occurs when you have an excessive amount of lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides and or/fat phospholipids) in your blood. High levels of lipids can be caused by genetics, lifestyle, kidney disease or drug use.
Many athletes have found benefit in using the product even though it is not deemed appropriate for human consumption. There is scientific proof that Cardarine can enhance the body’s physical performance. Athletes have stated that the drug has increased their stamina and gain more muscle.
Many athletes have used and have been banned from sporting events due to their use of Cardarine. Cyclists, bodybuilders, race walkers and heavyweight boxers have all been banned due to the substance.
If you do decide to use it for bodybuilding purposes, 10-20 mg per day is the recommended dosage. This dose is not a “slow release” and many need to split their dosage in half so that they can take it twice per day. Many state that the usual timeframe for using Carnaine is roughly 12 weeks.