HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is a genetic compound secreted by the pituitary gland, necessary for the proper development of skeletal muscle. HGH is also an essential motivator for the development of cartilage and bone in children. HGH production reaches its highest levels in puberty, but its delivery to the body decreases as we age.
Beyond the advantages mentioned above, human growth hormone is beneficial to a body's overall well-being. Studies have shown that by maintaining optimal levels of HGH in the body, an individual typically experiences: increases in energy and endurance; accelerated recovery from injury; better mood; consistent sleep patterns; reduction of fat, along with the accumulation of lean muscle mass; and an increase in immune system functioning.
How It Works
HGH is a single-chain polypeptide hormone made up of 191-amino acids. It is produced, stored, and delivered by cells within the anterior pituitary gland. HGH reacts with certain cell receptors throughout the body in a way that encourages a muscle- and bone-building effect. A growth factor that is structured similarly to proinsulin, IGF-1, is increased substantially through this interaction. IGF-1, which is made and stored in the liver, stimulates growth in a number of different tissues, and also has a positive effect on bone development.
HGH is delivered by the pituitary gland into the bloodstream throughout each day in small amounts, approximately once every three to five hours. However, the largest dose is administered about an hour or so after falling asleep. Between these lifts, HGH levels drop dramatically, remaining low for most of the day. Typically, HGH can fall as low as 1 ng/ml (nanograms per mililiter), and rise as high as 20 ng/ml. Variables like age, diet, gender, stress level and exercise can affect the release of HGH. Teenagers discharge approximately 700 ?g/day, while adults normally release about 400 ?g/day.
Synthetic HGH can be administered by a medical professional through injection. While this method is the most efficient, reliable way to supplement HGH to date, it is available only through prescription. Typically prescriptions for growth hormone are given only in response to medical conditions that inhibit the body's normal development. Additionally, the injections are very expensive, at times costing upwards of $1,000 a shot.<br />Oral sprays have been produced that claim to boost HGH levels, but these products are largely disregarded by the medical community. The growth hormone is a larger molecule, considered unable to pass membranes within the mouth.
Natural HGH releasers are available in most supplement shops, for use by the general population. Releasers are known to be measurably effective over time. They work by prompting the pituitary gland to produce higher levels of growth hormone. The recommended cycle for this type of product is between three to six months. It takes this long for growth hormone production to achieve optimal release levels. Afterwards, an off cycle of three to six months is ideal, and HGH production should remain consistently high during this time.<br />Some other ways to promote the release of HGH involve lifestyle choices. Diets high in protein, occasionally strenuous exercise, and consistent sleep all play a positive role in the natural production of HGH.