Supplements for Men Over 40 | Part 2
Several weeks ago Sean Davis (Co-Owner of Next Level Sports Nutrition) was good enough to spend some time with me talking about good nutritional supplements for men over 40. I wasn’t interested in learning about hard-core bodybuilding supplements. I wanted to know what he would suggest for the average guy 40-50 trying to get back in shape and/or hold on to what gains they have made in the past.
You can see Part One of this article series here.
This week our attention turns to a relatively new kind of supplement called SARMS, or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are a type of synthetic drug that mimic the results (on a smaller scale) of anabolic steroids without the side effects. These non-steroidal drugs are designed to stimulate the androgen receptors in your muscles and bones, while not affecting the rest the cells in your body.
The best analogy that I’ve heard goes like this, “Taking anabolic steroids is like carpet bombing your system with androgens. Sure it gets the results you are looking for, but it leaves a Hell of a mess. Taking SARMS is more like an androgen drone strike.”
Since SARMS are still technically “research chemicals” and not “supplements” I had my concerns with side effects with taking them. I personally have low testosterone. I supplement that condition by getting a testosterone injection once per week. I am not interested in doing or ingesting anything that may interfere with the replacement of that testosterone. Sean assured me that he had seen no side effects from anyone that had been recommended SARMS, particularly men over 40.
The Next Level crew recommends that men over 40 take Osterine. Ostarine is a type of SARM that was developed as a therapeutic aid for cancer patients to prevent muscle wasting. It seems like a good solution to losing muscle mass due to lower testosterone levels.
There is ongoing research in the SARMS world, and I’m sure we’ll continue to see better and better formulations.
Some folks are of the protein powder and pre-workout persuasion, and some folks like to move towards the spectrum of taking supplements like SARMS. These supplements might not be for everyone, but there is research to suggest that they do in fact help with muscle wasting. As men get older, losing muscle due to the process of sarcopenia is a real thing. Ostarine may help.
If you are interested in learning more about SARMS or any other products, please feel free to get in contact with Sean and the fine folks at Next Level Sports Nutrition. Tell them I sent you.