HGH Overview (Human Growth Hormone)
Growth Hormone (also called HGH or GH) is referred to in medical
science as the master hormone. It is very plentiful when we are young, but near
the age of twenty-one our bodies begin to produce less of it. By the time we are
forty nearly everyone is deficient in GH, and at eighty our production has
normally diminished at least 90-95%.
Hormones are chemical messengers,
traveling through the blood stream and involved in all aspects of the body's
activity - metabolism, growth, mood and sexual function to name a few. They also
help to maintain health, regulate the vital organs, and promote healing and
Being the master hormone, GH affects virtually all areas of
the body - influencing the growth of cells, bones, muscles and organs. When
deficient in growth hormone our symptoms include loss of muscle, decreased
energy, an increase in fat, diminished sexual drive, a greater risk of
cardiovascular disease and a lower life expectancy.
In other words, the
symptoms we call aging.
Many hormones including DHEA and melatonin can
hinder some of the effects of aging, but clinical studies show that GH
reaches far beyond any of these. Not only does growth hormone have the
ability to prevent physical aging, it has been demonstrated that it can
dramatically influence many of its symptoms.
This is evident from studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and other medical journals.
They show that Growth Hormone may address these symptoms by:
- Decreasing body fat and cellulite
- Restoring bone and muscle mass
- Increasing strength
- Improving skin texture and elasticity
- Increasing sexual function
- Reducing wrinkles
- Restoring lost hair, and hair color
- Increasing energy and stamina
- Improving sleep
- Elevating mood
- Improving memory
- Increasing cardiac output
- Reducing soreness and pain
- Normalizing blood pressure
- Improving cholesterol profile
- Improving immune function
- Restoring size of organs that shrink with age
And much more...
Again, these possible effects of Growth Hormone are based on the results of
clinical studies. And given the uniqueness of each human being, in no way can it
be said that a given individual will experience any of these.
Hormone was first observed in the 1920's, but it wasn't until the 1950's that
its benefits were discovered. Researchers began administering GH to children who
had growing deficiencies and found that it promoted a normal pattern of
This discovery was thrilling, of course, but the drawback
was acquiring a supply. The only source for the hormone was to extract it from
the pituitary gland of human cadavers. Each gland only contributed a few drops
and so to obtain enough for just a single injection was very time consuming, and
also very expensive.
However, in 1985 this changed. A biotech company,
Genentech, which had earlier cloned the human gene for insulin, brought to
market a recombinant (genetically engineered) Growth Hormone. A short while
later, in 1987, Eli Lilly did the same.
Coinciding with this
breakthrough, a great deal of research was being done in the area of anti-aging.
After thirty years of experience with both children and adults deficient in
Growth Hormone, no significant side effects had been experienced, and so
researchers began giving GH to healthy adults.
The results were
phenomenal. In study after study, the participants were losing body fat, gaining
lean muscle mass, increasing energy levels, gaining strength and stamina, having
sexual function enhanced, reducing wrinkled skin, thickening and even regrowing
hair, lowering blood pressure, balancing cholesterol, and on and on.
even with the availability of recombinant Growth Hormone the cost for most
people was still prohibitive. With the injections costing $15,000 to $30,000 a
year only the wealthy could afford it.
Then in 1998 came another
tremendous breakthrough; researchers were able to create an oral form of Growth
Hormone. After decades of being a little-known and very expensive drug, it was
formulated into a food supplement possessing all the benefits of the
So the ultimate in anti-aging is now in the form of a safe,
homeopathic substance, priced in a range affordable to most everyone.