Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Naturally, HGH is a protein that is produced by a human’s pituitary gland, and stimulates growth in children and adolescents. The first synthetic version was created and developed in 1985, and has been used mostly for medical treatment. The synthetic version is used medically in response to multiple syndromes, including Turner’s and Prader-Willi’s, and is injected into the bloodstream directly.
In adults, natural HGH drops significantly every decade after the late 20s (to the tune of about 25%). Using the synthetic version of HGH has recently become very popular as an “anti-aging” serum. It has been available in the form of pill-supplements and oral sprays. However, anything other than the injectable forms have never had significant results. Don’t believe the hype! HGH sprays are ineffective because growth hormone is a large, unstable molecule that can not make its way through the membranes of the mouth. Even the injectable versions, when reconstituted are so volatile the HGH can be destroyed simply by shaking the vial lightly. Up until injection, HGH must be kept refrigerated.
Using injectable HGH in an anti-aging routine could be the most significant thing one can do, allowing the user to benefit from younger looking skin, increased bone density, and increased metabolism. Although it is not yet FDA approved, many people pay upwards of $15,000 a year for injections of the synthetic form from a medical professional in order to receive its anti-aging benefits. Although synthetic HGH can be purchased online (from china for instance), complete with needles and alcohol, it would clearly not be recommended. Maybe a fender copy or some nice dinner ware, but not something you would inject into your body.
The benefits of the synthetic hormone are undeniable. There is an immediate drop in body fat, specifically with the first cycle, that can only be beneficial to overall health. It is believed to increase sex drive (libido) and performance. While there is no definitive proof from scientific study, there are verifiable cases of tissue regeneration and increased muscle mass when using HGH.
Losing the natural levels of human growth hormone is something that happens to every human being, and contributes to the process of aging to begin with. Imagine maintaining the levels of HGH that your body produced when you were 15 years old. Imagine the possibilities of controlling your own aging process and possibly living up to age 140, or beyond. HGH has smoothed out wrinkles of the skin and increased metabolism, as well as improved the immune system of most patients using the hormone. HGH also improves bone strength and density, as well as believed to prevent and treat osteoporosis. The anti-aging aspects are astounding. These benefits could only further a natural life, and the synthetic version is already being used to lengthen the life of HIV patients whose muscle mass has significantly decreased and improve their immune system. Who’s to say it wouldn’t work for a healthy adult?
The effects and the length of time before noticing said effects depend on the patient and the dosage, but most report noticing the first sign of change within a few days of beginning the first cycle. They claim to have smoother skin and improved sleep, often waking up in the same position that they were in when they laid down to rest. Other benefits are visible gradually throughout the course of the cycle, and include improved memory, sight and hearing, and improved cholesterol levels. What other medications have all of these benefits wrapped into a single dosage?
While the benefits seem to outweigh any possible negatives, it is important to note that there will be side effects to the supplement, spray, or injection. Water retention is a normal occurrence with HGH. This promotes a “bloated face” look which will only disappear after ending the cycle of the hormone. This is completely normal, and most consider this a small price to pay. However, there are more serious ramifications. There have been no studies showing that HGH definitely causes cancer. However, since the hormone naturally promotes growth and regeneration, it would seem wise for those with cancer or prone to cancer to stay away from HGH – or speak with many doctors when considering an HGH supplement. To non-cancer patients, there are also risks of rapid drops in blood sugar associated with hypoglycemia. A short term stint of low blood sugar is not too serious, but extended exposure could contribute to diabetes. Some patients have also been known to experience “pins and needles” in hands and feet after beginning a trial of HGH. This is contributed to tissue sensitivity and is slightly uncomfortable in the early morning hours, but tends to disappear within minutes.
While it has not been FDA approved for anti-aging capabilities, it has been approved for numerous other medical issues. It is clearly capable of extending the life of these patients. Who is to say that it could not extend the life, enjoyment, and health of an adult who has naturally lost this youthful hormone? Like any other medication, it is imperative to note the side effects of using HGH. Many would say that the benefits outweigh the negative ramifications by miles. As it is not a guaranteed “youth serum”, it might still be worth a try to extend your natural life and increase daily activity in old age. And again, unlike any other supplements mentioned here and throughout the interwebs HGH gives actual highly noticeable results! Bam, that just happened!