How it All Works:
You’ve probably seen or heard ads for HGH supplements promising to make you look younger and feel healthier. Are these products really the fountain of youth many claim them to be?
Dr. Ellis Swandveldt explains the science behind Human Growth Hormone products.
"Your body’s natural HGH is a complex hormone composed of 191 amino acids. In 1990 a ground-breaking (and oft-cited) study was published by Dr Rudman in the New England Journal of Medicine. Using a controlled double-blind six month study, Dr. Rudman discovered that, between two groups of men with identical diets and exercise programs, the study group given injectable synthetic HGH had an 8.8% increase in lean muscle mass, and a 14.4% decrease in body fat over the other group! The test group also reported improvements in sleep, energy levels, and skin and muscle tone. These results prompted many companies to attempt to reproduce the results achieved with prescription injectable HGH in non-prescription supplement
It is important to realize that the results you see reported by many HGH manufacturers stem from the original study done using prescription HGH. The HGH supplements advertised today do not use prescription HGH, but rather fall into two general categories, homeopathic HGH and HGH releasers.
Homeopathic HGH supplements use small amounts of actual synthetic human growth hormone to spur the body’s natural production of its own human growth hormone. These products tend to have the best results of the non-prescription products. The Food and Drug Administration closely regulates the amount of homeopathic human growth hormone that can be included without a prescription. Any company claiming to have comparable levels of HGH as found in a prescription injection are either misleading the consumer or violating federal law.
Releaser HGH products are essentially amino acid 'multi- vitamins.' They typically contain L- group amino acids such as valine and glutamine that are the building blocks for human growth hormone. While these ingredients are essential components of actual human growth hormone, they still need to undergo a chemical change to produce true HGH. Many of the less- expensive pill supplements touted as 'HGH' today are simple amino acid releaser products.
A few products on the market today include ingredients to raise the body’s level of Insulin-like Growth factor (IGF-1). Many people in the modern medical field believe that increasing IGF-1 levels in the body is the most effective way to raise secretion of human growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Higher quality supplements often combine such growth factors with homeopathic HGH or HGH releasers to maximize results."