What is Human Growth Hormone?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH or hGH) is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland (pituitary is one of the endocrine glands). The pituitary gland is located in the center of the brain. HGH is also a very complex hormone. It is made up of 191 amino acids - making it fairly large for a hormone. In fact, it is the largest protein created by the Pituitary gland.
HGH secretion reaches its peak in the body during adolescence. This makes sense because HGH helps stimulate our body to grow. But, HGH secretion does not stop after adolescence. Our body continue to produce HGH usually in short bursts during deep sleep.
Growth Hormone is known to be critical for tissue repair, muscle growth, healing, brain function, physical and mental health, bone strength, energy and metabolism. In short, it is very important to just about every aspect of our life
Does your body always produce HGH?
The good news is that your body must always produce HGH or you would not be able to function. The bad news is that as you get past about 20 years old, your body produces less and less HGH each year. By age 60 you will probably have lost 75% of the HGH that your body produced.
If you are a numbers person, here are some average HGH secretion levels:
At 20 years old we average 500 micrograms/day
At 40 years old we average 200 micrograms/day
At 80 years old we average 25 micrograms/dayWhy does the body produce less HGH as we get older?
This is the million-dollar question. It really ties into the bigger question - Is aging a preventable disease? For years people have believed that as we get older our body basically wears out. The theory went that all of our organs, tissues, muscles, bones, etc. have a set life span and will get weaker as we age. When someone is 40 and complains that they can't do what they did at 20, we accepted this as the natural process of getting old.
Research into HGH shows that aging may be preventable to a certain extent. Let me clarify that, I am not saying that we will all become immortal (except for Dick Clark - he never seems to age). What I am saying is that research indicates that our body is very capable at the age of 40 to have the same makeup as we did at the age of 20. Okay, I am getting a little carried away - let's get back to HGH...
It was originally believed that the pituitary gland just didn't have the capacity to produce large amounts of HGH as we get older. However, recent studies have shown that aging pituitary glands are capable of producing as much HGH as young pituitary glands, if it is adequately stimulated. This shows that the somatotrophe cell, the cell in the pituitary gland that releases HGH, does not "lose power" as we age.
The questions still remains, if the problem is not with the pituitary gland, then why does HGH decrease as we age? One theory is that the pituitary gland does not "know" it should be producing more HGH. Our body has a feedback loop that says when the IGF-1 levels decrease, produce more HGH. For some unknown reason it is possible that this loop is broken and the pituitary gland has a harder time getting the signal to produce more HGH as we age.
Another theory is that as we get older our Somatostatin levels increase. Somatostatin is a natural inhibitor to growth hormone. So, as we age the somatostatin levels increase and this leads to a decrease in HGH.
As we speak a lot of very smart people are trying to come up with a definitive answer as to why HGH levels decrease with age, but as of now we just have theories.What effect does this increase in HGH have on the body?
This is where it gets exciting. While numerous studies have been done on the effects of HGH injections, the most ground breaking study was done by Dr. Rudman and published in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 5, 1990. The journal reported that men who had taken HGH injections had shown a 8.8 percent gain in lean body mass with a 14 percent loss in body fat - without any change in diet or activity! It bears repeating that there was no change in diet or exercise - and the subjects who received HGH injections had a 8.8 percent increase in lean body mass.
If you look at all the studies that have been done on HGH injections
you get the following list of benefits:
8.8% increase in muscle mass on average after six months, without exercise
14.4% loss of fat on average after six months, without dieting
Higher energy levels
Enhanced sexual performance
Regrowth of heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and other organs that shrink with age
Greater cardiac output
Superior immune function
Increased exercise performance
Better kidney function
Lowered blood pressure,br>
Improved cholesterol profile, with higher HDL and lower LDL
Faster wound healing
Younger, tighter, thicker skin
Elimination of cellulite
Increased memory retention
(* The above is taken from Grow Young with HGH by Dr. Ronald Klatz)Are there any negative effects from taking HGH injections?
Yes - but then you knew there had to be a catch, didn't you? There are actually a few problems with HGH injections:
A year's supply of HGH injections can cost $20,000! Insurance will not cover the injections because you are not treating a "classified disease".Available by prescription only:
Recombinant GH is a drug that is available by prescription only. So, even if you had $20,000 a year to spend, you would need to get a prescription.Possible Negative Side Effects:
Anytime you introduce a large amount of a foreign hormone into the body there is the risk of side effects. In Dr. Rudman's study he found that some of the patients suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome and gynecomastia (enlarged breasts). Dr. Rudman believed that with less HGH the side effects would go away, but tragically he died before he could test his theory.
Now things start to get fun. It is time to separate fact from fiction and look at some of the products out on the market today. Is it possible to increase HGH levels by taking dietary supplements? Let's find out...
Every web site claims they have a simple supplement that will cause my HGH levels to skyrocket. Do these supplements work?
For the most part - no! I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but most companies in the HGH market are out to make a quick buck with exaggerated claims. Here are some claims you will see on the web and our feeling on their accuracy...
Claim: HGH will give you a 8.8% increase in muscle mass and a 14.4% loss of fat - without dieting or exercise!
This is the old bait and switch. Technically, they are not lying when they quote Dr. Rudman's number. With HGH Injections, Dr. Rudman did see a 8.8% increase in muscle mass and a 14.4% loss of fat. The problem is, they are not selling HGH Injections! These companies do not provide any evidence that their pill, powder or spray will have the same results as HGH Injections. So, they bait you with all the positives of HGH injections and then switch you to their untested supplement.Claim: Our spray/pill/powder contains real HGH!
This statement is at best a tremendous exaggeration and at worst a complete lie. There are a couple of reasons why companies who claim to have a significant amount of HGH in their products are not being truthful. First, HGH is a prescription drug. If you put significant amounts of HGH in a dietary supplement it is no longer a supplement - it is a drug. As a drug it must meet FDA approval and only sold with prescription. So, the phrase HGH dietary supplement is an oxymoron. If a product has a significant amount of HGH, it is a drug.Claim: Our product is FDA approved!
There are no FDA Approved Dietary Supplements. The simple truth is that the FDA does not approve or disapprove of Dietary Supplements. The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 says that Dietary Supplements do not need FDA approval. This is why there are so many supplements on the market - there is no approval process. The best advice is buyer beware.
Are there any supplements worth taking?
Luckily, yes. I know this article has been pretty depressing so far, but if you search through all the misinformation out there, sometimes you find the needle in the haystack.
Research indicates that the best way to elevate HGH levels is to stimulate the body to produce more HGH. Rather than introduce more HGH into the body, you can stimulate your own pituitary gland to produce more HGH. Remember that studies have shown that an old pituitary gland has the same capacity to produce HGH as a young pituitary gland. If we can find a way to stimulate our pituitary gland we will have the best of all worlds. You are not introducing a foreign GH, so you eliminate the side effects. Also, our body is very good at self regulating - it will not produce an excessive amount of HGH which could be harmful. In effect, you body knows best what the correct dosage of HGH is to release for your body.
This line of supplements are called HGH enhancers.
HGH Enhancing Supplements
Congratulations, if you have made it this far you now know more about HGH then most people who sell it! On this page we will introduce you to an HGH supplement that really is effective. I want to be clear that we do not make any supplements we recommend. We could sell every supplement under the sun, but we only want to offer what we feel is most effective.
After seven years of in-depth research, the Nutraceutics Corporation released the world's first all-natural growth hormone supplement. PRO-hGH utilizes an exclusive GH releasing complex SYMBIOTROPIN in an effervescent pleasant tasting drink.
On the cutting edge of natural secretagogue research, PRO-hGH TM has produced startling clinical results. It may become the basis for increasing the length and quality of your life.PRO-hGH Symbiotropin
addresses the entire endocrine influence on GH release through insulin regulation, inhibition of Somatostatin, stimulation of GHRH, and conversion to IGF1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor type 1). According to James Jamieson (pharmacologist), "the most challenging obstacles in attaining consistent and significant GH release are 1) absorption and 2) delivery to the proper receptor sites. Our team has researched and developed an array of Chaperone Molecule delivery systems that addressed these issues."
According to Dr. L. E. Dorman, "Clinical experience with the natural secretagogue action of PRO-hGH has demonstrated its superiority in terms of effectiveness, safety, and cost. Most importantly, my patients feel better. They are losing fat, gaining energy, managing menopausal symptoms, and experiencing marked improvements in several chronic disease states." The good news is that clinical evidence demonstrates that by replacing the presence of growth hormone we can dramatically reverse the symptoms of aging to restore hair color and growth, regain bone tissue, increase energy and sexual function, and significantly reduce body fat.
On a personal note, I am an international airline pilot and a long time fitness advocate. As many of you already know, occupations which require long hours and disrupted sleep cycles, can cause reduced energy levels and , sometimes, less than optimal workout sessions. These low energy levels are partially due to a reduction in natural Human Growth Hormone production levels. I take Pro-Hgh by Sybiotropin and have experienced very positive results including: higher energy levels and better workouts, faster recovery times, and no negative side-effects.