In my last post about anti-aging for baby-boomers, I briefly touched upon the use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) as one possible treatment. After receiving several inquiries from readers about the effectiveness of HGH pills, I decided to do a little research to see if I could find out if natural HGH supplements are indeed a viable option to the more widely recognized (and expensive) hormonal injections.
While I honestly don't have the answer, and I'm certainly not a physician, I did find some very good sources online that might help someone to reach their own conclusions and hopefully make an informed decision.
Firstly, I must admit that I have no personal experience with the use of HGH enhancement. That being said, you will not find any reviews for that type of product on this website. I do, however, have a rudimentary understanding of how it works and the potential benefits of HGH, so let's start with a brief overview.
What is HGH?
HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone. Human growth hormone, also called somatotropin, is a naturally occurring substance composed of 190 amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that is created and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. HGH is known to play a key role in the normal functioning of the body, brain and sex organs. It has two types of effects, one direct and one indirect, both of which are highly beneficial to the body.
Direct Effects on Fat Metabolism
One of the properties of HGH is it's direct effect on other types of cells. The growth hormone binds to it's receptor on target cells, then creates some particular action. Fat cells, for instance, are target cells of HGH, so they have growth hormone receptors. Once bonded, the growth hormone causes them to break down triglyceride and suppresses their ability to take up and accumulate circulating lipids. In essence, HGH enhances the utilization of fat and gives the body the ability to break down fat cells more efficiently and prevent storage.
Indirect Effects on Protein Metabolism
HGH also acts to create other indirect effects in the body by causing secretion of IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor hormone. IGF-1 is secreted from the liver and other tissues in response to growth hormone. This is the action that governs the mostly growth-related effects of HGH.
This same effect is also the vehicle behind muscle growth. It stimulates both the differentiation and proliferation of muscle cells, increases amino acid uptake, reduces the oxidation of proteins and synthesizes protein in muscle and other tissues. This is where HGH's ability to influence overall muscle and skin tone comes from.
HGH enhancements have been shown to:
- Decrease fat, while increasing lean muscle
- Improve the look and feel of your skin
- Increase bone density, and even reverse osteoporosis
- Power up the brain, and maintain memory during aging
- Boost the sex drive
- Tone and improve overall physical and mental well being
- Contribute to better sleep
- Improve mood, and relieve depression and fatigue
Sounds awesome! Give me some!
Slow down there, Sparky. Traditional HGH treatment comes in the form of injections that can run into the THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. Obviously not something everyone is running out to spend their money on! Recently however, natural HGH supplements have been popping up that claim to get the job done by stimulating the body to produce and release it's own HGH.
To be clear, these HGH supplements are not the same as injections. Basically it's impossible to introduce HGH into the bloodstream through any other method than injections since the molecule is simply too large to pass through the walls of the digestive system. Instead, HGH supplements are supposed to contain a formula that triggers and stimulates the pituitary gland to produce and secrete more HGH itself. In essence, the HGH goes into your body through the glandular system just as nature had intended.
Ok, I'm sold!
Take a minute before you rush out to buy the latest HGH herbal formula. HGH treatment, with it's scientifically proven benefits has, not surprisingly, spawned a slew of companies that are basically using the name to take advantage of it's popularity.
From a PRWeb Press Release Newswire:
Somatropin, commonly referred to as human growth hormone (HGH), is currently one of the most popular drugs on the market. Because of this, many companies are looking to make a profit from its popularity. Unfortunately, companies that sell HGH drugs are not always legitimate, and there are many forms of human growth hormone that are simply ineffective or, even worse, dangerous.
The press release goes on to mention a website created by several HGH manufacturers (GeneScience Pharmaceuticals, Neogenica BioScience, AnkeBio, etc..) which is devoted entirely to educating people about somatropin and warning of potential scams. For more information, visit www.somatropin.net.
Unfortunately, I think the jury is still out on this one. We know the benefits of HGH enhancement... and we also know how expensive the injections can be. That the pharmaceutical companies have made a concerted effort to disprove "non drug related" treatments is not surprising whatsoever. But, like with any new "natural remedy", research and actual testing is your surest best.
Before you try a natural HGH solution, make certain that the supplier addresses any questions you might have. Also make sure that they offer a money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the results.
For more information regarding natural HGH supplements, I suggest visiting HGH Articles. They go into much more detail regarding non-medical varieties of HGH treatment and make their own independent recommendations.
Posted by PRS
Monday, March 5th, 2007