Since Dr. Rudman’s initial findings, a number of studies have supported the fact that HGH will retard aging, but also reverses the process as well.
Even though called Growth Hormone, the effects are not that it causes you to grow after the age of 20, but to repair and heal.
Despite comments made, Growth hormone is not used to make people muscular, but to cause a lean appearance as well as to provide recovery and healing.
Also there is a tremendous amount of confusion that Growth Hormone is a steroid. It is not a steroid, but is a chain of 191 amino acids.
And because those amino acids are readily available and can cause a “secretogogue response” (something that allows and encourages more growth hormone to be produced in the pituitary) we have excellent alternatives to increase growth hormone production versus using actual growth hormone therapy.
Benefits of increasing Growth hormone levels include consistent increase in lean muscle mass, loss of the belly fat, improved cardiovascular risk profile, more energy, improved memory, improved sleep and just feeling good. HGH affects almost every cell in our body and it helps to regenerate skin, bones, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to their more youthful function.
Because HGH reduces inflammation and improves lipid profiles, the heart attack and stroke factors are diminished.
I believe that healing and repairing is the main function of HGH after the age of 20 and with aging when the HGH levels drop to critically low and dangerous values bringing those levels of IGF-1 ( best way of monitoring HGH levels and production) down to below 200, we move into a “programmed annihilation” mode.
And that doesn’t sound very good!
Increasing HGH levels to more healthy levels will begin to restore, recover and heal our aging body. With healthy HGH levels, osteoporosis is blocked, hair growth is increased, and, and skin integrity, once healthy and now injured resulting in the aging appearance of skin with wrinkling and loss of texture, is restored to a healthy appearance.
I believe and see clinically on a daily basis that HGH optimization is an important adjunct to Age Management therapies. The final result is more zest for life, feeling good and enjoying life; less wrinkles, stiffness and aches. Sounds pretty good!
Let’s explore different options of improving your growth hormone levels (measured with IGF-1 levels).
Injectable Growth Hormone( HGH) Amino Acid Secretagogue-
A Growth Hormone Secretagogue is a substance that is used for increasing HGH production, helping the HGH perform its function in the human body and aiding in the overall development and top-level functioning of all our organs. The Amino Acid HGH Secretagogue is a combination of amino acids specifically designed to stimulate the pituitary gland.
Included in this group are L-Arginine, Glutamine, Lysine, and Ornithine.
Benefits over an oral product, is that the critical Amino acids will bypass the “first pass” effect which means they won’t be beaten up in the acidic environment of the stomach and destroyed in the complex array of enzymes in the liver.
Instead, these amino acids will immediately be absorbed into the fat, picked up by the veins and brought directly back to the heart where they will be equally distributed throughout your body in their intact form. That’s why they work so well!
One of the best known uses of HGH releasers or Secretogogue is to help lose weight and improve muscle tone. I have previously encouraged oral supplements of Arginine and Ornithine, as they are inexpensive and seem to work, however now that this injection is available, injectable Amino Acids will become a better , more efficient option, of naturally increasing Growth Hormone levels by providing more of the Amino acids required in the production of HGH in the Anterior Pituitary.
The Growth Hormone stimulating Amino Acids include:
L-Arginine: This has been shown to be beneficial in increase the pituitary’s production of HGH. Arginine is one of the critical amino acids making up the 191 Amino Acid chain of HGH. Importantly, Arginine will increase the production of Nitric Oxide (NO) a compound now identified as crucial in providing and improving blood flow to exercising muscles and your heart.
L-Arginine is also found to be very effective when combined with two other amino acids L-Lysine and L-Glutamine, which provide similar benefits.
Glutamine: One of the most effective and economical way of causing this HGH release seems to be taking the amino acid L-glutamine. Because it is one of the critical amino acids making up the 191 Amino Acid chain of HGH, it appears to increase production and release of HGH from the Somatocytes in the Anterior Pituitary.
One of the ways to temporarily increase the amount of HGH produced by the pituitary gland is to perform strenuous exercise. That exercise does not actually produce HGH, but instead, the muscles exercised produce L-Glutamine, which stimulates the pituitary gland to temporarily step up production of HGH.
Lysine: L-Lysine is known as an essential amino acid which means that while L-Lysine is required by the human body to function properly, it cannot be created within the human body.
By introducing more L-Lysine to the system, hormones can be produced in greater amounts to encourage the pituitary gland to produce HGH at a higher rate, similar to that seen in younger years. While L-Lysine itself does not actually produce HGH, it does control the hormones that encourage HGH production.
Because of this relationship, its addition to a regimen of amino acids that encourage the production of HGH is invaluable.
Ornithine: A very effective HGH supplement, that helps stimulate growth hormone secretion from the anterior pituitary gland is the combination of L-Arginine and L-Ornithine.
We previously discussed L-Arginine, which is an amino acid essential in the optimal functioning of the human body. However when combined with L-Ornithine, it provides miraculous results by stimulating the pituitary gland and increasing Growth hormone secretion.
Some studies have suggested the two work together synergistically to increase HGH production by up to nearly 500%.