The Truth About Grow Taller Supplements

Being tall is a desirable attribute for many people. Supplements that claim to make you grow taller appeal to people who wish to increase their height. There is, however, no medical or clinical evidence that you can grow taller once you have passed puberty. Lotions, pills and exercises will not make your bones grow once your growth has stopped. You should speak with a medical professional prior to taking any grow taller supplement.

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Science Behind Growth

According to "Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics," your growth stops at the end of puberty. Typically, puberty ends at approximately 18 years of age for girls and 20 years of age for boys. The final stages of growth occur in the epiphysis or growth plates located at the end of the long bones of your arms and legs. During and before puberty, the epiphysis is soft allowing for additional bone and spurting your growth. During puberty, the epiphysis begins to solidify, fusing completely after puberty. Most doctors agree that once the epiphysis has fused, further growth is not possible. There are companies that produce supplements that purport to reverse this process. No medical evidence exists, however, confirming that this is possible.

Growth Supplements

There are many products with a myriad of ingredients promising to make you taller. These products have no scientific basis for their claims. Grow tall products are a type of health supplements, and the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate or confirm the accuracy of statements made by health supplement manufacturers. Additionally, some of the ingredients found in grow tall supplements have never received a thorough evaluation confirming safety and the long-term affects of using the ingredient. Therefore, before taking any grow taller supplement, read all the ingredients on the product label and talk to your doctor, to make sure the supplement will not endanger your health.

HGH

The FDA has approved human growth hormone for use in children experiencing abnormal growth. This treatment requires a doctor's prescription and only has effectiveness in children who have not reached puberty. The HGH hormone functions by aiding the body in producing its own hormones. Some companies market HGH grow taller supplements and cite the information about the medical use of HGH in the children to support the claims for growth. HGH, however, will not make you grow taller after you have reached puberty.

Buyer Beware

The Internet has made it much easier for grow taller supplement manufacturers to market their supplements. Some of these manufacturers create their own discussion groups in which they post fake discussions and testimonials. Additionally, some manufacturers offer money back guarantees for their supplement if you do not grow taller in 30 or 60 days. Despite these guarantees and manufacturer claims, there is no grow taller supplement currently available on the market that has proven effectiveness or safety through clinical research.

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