What is HGH
Far too many people self-diagnose with the aid of “Dr. Internet” in this informative day and age, not realizing that much of the information available online is unsubstantiated. Oftentimes, these self-diagnoses simply provide information and do little real harm, but there are times when they can prove to be dangerous to one’s health. A case in point involves human growth hormone, or HGH.
There is a tendency, particularly among men, who desire to be physically fit, athletic and maintain their physique as they age, to assume that if a little of something is good, then more is better. While the possibly exists this might be true of some things, in general, moderation is the best policy, and too much is not good for a person’s health.
It is responsible for the reproduction of cells in the body, and regulates things such as bone density, lean muscle mass development, fat loss, heart, brain and metabolic functions, stimulates the immune system, and more. HGH signals the liver to release polypeptide molecules called somotomedins, the most well known of which is insulin-like growth factor 1, or IGF 1, previously referred to as somatomedin C.
It is also one of the primary factors influencing normal growth and height development in childhood. HGH generally has a building up, or anabolic effect upon the body. It acts by impacting specific receptors found on the surface of the cells.
The HGH anti-aging Effect
There clearly are a great number of benefits, one of the most important of which is normal growth and development. Children whose pituitary glad fails to produce enough are often labeled “failure to thrive” children.
The parents of such children, in cases where the lack of production is not readily diagnosed, sometimes run the risk of being labeled negligent or even abusive parents. The amount of the hormone in the human body gradually decreases once a person reaches adulthood and beyond.
There are many who believe this reduction is one of the primary causes of biological aging. HGH prescriptions are controlled by the FDA, and are only available for a very few conditions such as childhood growth defects, Prader-Willi syndrome (a congenital disorder that involves lowered muscle tone and lack of sex hormones), and short bowel syndrome.
However, there is huge interest in it as an anti-aging agent, and there are some private clinics where doctors routinely prescribe it for so-called “deficiencies,” a thinly veiled disguise for scripts handed out to the wealthy in perpetual search of the fountain of youth.
The Dangers of To Much
Although there is a black market for it, like any black market drug, there is no way for the consumer to know when he Google’s HGH for sale, what is it they’re really buying. Also, there is no governing agency to turn to should he be swindled, or worse yet, harmed.
Too much is as bad for a person as too little. Without competent doctor supervision, unregulated supplementation can lead to overproduction of IGF 1, and together the two can cause serious side effects such as cardiovascular disease and circulatory system disorders, high blood pressure, abnormal bone and organ growth, an increased incidence of diabetes, headaches, muscle pain, swelling in the extremities, arthritis type symptoms, bloating, and an increased risk for cancer.
Clearly, the health risks, not to mention the illegality of purchasing such a substance without a doctor’s prescription are not worth the cost.
How to Increase Human Growth Hormone Naturally
Fortunately, it is almost impossible for the body to produce too much on its own, and there are numerous ways to encourage natural production, all of which are legal as well as healthful in other ways.
Some of the ways to encourage the pituitary gland to secrete more include regularly getting an adequate amount of sleep each night (production peaks as a person sleeps), avoiding foods that have a high glycemic index, as insulin directly inhibits the release of the hormone, regular exercise (studies show that both intense as well as lighter exercises, performed regularly, stimulate secretion), eating a high protein, low carb snack approximately an hour prior to bedtime can help boost production as you sleep.
The amino acids in the protein aid production and encourage sound sleep which in turn also aids the release of this hormone. There are a number of beneficial and natural supplements, such as L-Arginine, glutamine, glycine, etc. that when taken not only encourage the body to make and release the hormone, but which also provide a number of other benefits of their own.
In short, unless there is a genuine need, such as failure to grow, and unless you’re properly supervised by an experienced medical doctor, it is best to stick to encouraging your body to make its own.
Fortunately, most people find that not only are their bodies responsive to such attempts, but that they also benefit from such efforts in and of themselves in the form of increased exercise, healthier diets, and an overall healthier lifestyle!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.