Warning: Don’t Buy Ibutamoren (MK-677) Until You Read This Review!
To say that Hollywood is obsessed with antiaging would be an understatement.
There are tales galore of tinsel town’s fascination with plastic surgeries and Botox to reverse the clock.
But the latest addition to the list is HGH or Human Growth Hormone, which seems to have become the norm these days.
The benefits range from lower body fat to glowing skin to more energy, better libido and more muscle. You essentially turn into a much younger version of yourself.
As a leading endocrinologist puts it, ‘Any actor above the age of 55 with toned abs and veins popping all over is probably on HGH’. We’ve got a long list of people who’d fit right into that vague description.
For the uninitiated, HGH is one of the most expensive therapies in the world costing around $15000-20000 a year, if not more.
What if you are not a Hollywood star with a sprawling Beverly hills mansion to call home? What if you’d still want a share of that HGH pie?
We bet that there are thousands of people who’d like just that.
That explains the fast rising popularity of MK-677 or Ibutamoren.
MK-677 is already being called ‘The Poor Man’s HGH’ and it can give you almost all the benefits of synthetic HGH.
If you were wondering whether this amazing compound deserves a place in your cycle, then here’s a brief primer to help you make a decision.
What is MK-677?
Mk-677 or Ibutamoren is a Growth Hormone Secretagogue, that signals the pituitary gland to secrete more endogenous growth hormone.
Pretty simple really.
What makes it so popular though, is that there has been no oral secretagogue for GH that worked as effectively, before MK-677.
The ones that existed had ridiculously poor bioavailability or were just laced with anabolic steroids to fool gullible customers.
Ibutamoren has excellent bioavailability, which means no injections. It does not need to be refrigerated.
It costs only a fraction of what synthetic GH does and it does not affect your testosterone levels nor does it interfere with the functioning of your endocrine system in any way.
While it is frequently grouped along with other SARMS, MK-677 is not a SARM.
The main uses of MK-677
Ibutamoren is touted to be a potential game changer for therapeutic uses like muscle wasting, hormonal deficiencies and even osteoporosis.
There are ongoing clinical trials to evaluate the safety profile and pharmacokinetics of the compound.
But it really shines in a performance enhancement setting. You can get pretty much all the results that you can get with exogenous synthetic GH or Somatropin.
When MK-677 increases the levels of GH in the body, it subsequently leads to an increase in IG1-1, which in turn increases Nitrogen Retention. In a 60-day clinical trial, test subjects on Ibutamoren gained an average of 6.62 lbs. of lean muscle without gaining any body fat. That’s at therapeutic doses mind you. You can gain a lot more if you use MK-677 in performance enhancement doses.
MK-677 increases lipolysis and it also enhances your Basal Metabolic Rate, even in relatively small doses. This is what makes it one of the best potential treatments for obesity and for a fitness buff, it is one of the best compounds for fat loss and body recomposition.
There are a lot of athletes and bodybuilders who use MK-677 purely for the better sleep. It has been clinically proven to increase REM sleep by up to 50% in both young and elderly users. That’s not all. There are thousands of anecdotal reviews of Ibutamoren providing more restful sleep. If you are struggling with Insomnia caused due to over exercising or due to steroids, Nutrobal might be just what you need.
MK-677 restores your IGF-1 and GH levels to that of a young and healthy adult and it shows instantly on your skin. While there are no studies to back this up with, it is one of the most frequently touted benefit.
Better Hair growth:
One more reason to add MK-677 to your steroid cycles. It increases the rate of growth of hair follicles and also regulates follicle biology. If you are experiencing shedding due to powerful androgens, adding Ibutamoren might reverse the damage to a large extent.
Side Effects of Ibutamoren
There seems to be a conscious effort on messaging boards to downplay the potential side effects of SARMS and other compounds.
Yes, they are safer than AAS any day. But that does not make them side effect free.
MK-677 does cause side effects. Here are some of them.
- Tingly hands and fingers: One of the telltale signs that your GH levels are increasing. If you get tingly hands or numbness in your hands, congratulations, your nutrobal is not bunk.
- Reduced Insulin Sensitivity: In some individuals, MK-677 caused reduced insulin sensitivity which in turn can be a precursor to Type-II diabetes. However, this seems to be an individualistic thing as numerous clinical studies have shown no change in blood glucose levels with Ibutamoren.
- Water retention: MK-677 is known to cause an increase in water retention, particularly in the extremities. This transient edema can also lead to joint pain. The excessive water retained in the body may also lead to high blood pressure.
- Increased appetite: MK-677 will make you want to eat like a horse. That’s because it is a Ghrelin Mimetic, or it mimics the action of Ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone. With a half-life of about 5-hours, you will feel hungry for hours after you take a dose of MK-677. This makes it extremely difficult to adhere to a calorie deficit diet while you are on MK.
How to use Ibutamoren effectively
Almost all the clinical trials have proven that 25mg/day seems to be the most effective dose.
There is a high risk of sides with diminishing returns post that. So, stick to the 25mg/day dose for 24-weeks at least.
There’s a lot of debate about the ideal cycle duration. Some people use it for a year straight with zero problems.
But we recommend that you use it for 6-8 months and then cycle it for a few months after that ,just to prevent dependency as well as to avoid chronic pancreatic stress, which is a possibility with chronic GH elevation.