Human Growth Hormone
What is human growth hormone?
Growth hormone (GH) is a small protein made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. GH production is controlled by a complex set of hormones produced in the brain’s hypothalamus, intestinal tract, and pancreas.
The pituitary puts out GH in bursts; levels rise following exercise, trauma, and sleep. Under normal conditions, more GH is produced at night than during the day. This physiology is complex, but at a minimum, it tells us that sporadic blood tests to measure GH levels are meaningless since high and low levels alternate throughout the day. But scientists who carefully measure overall GH production report that it rises during childhood, peaks during puberty, and declines from middle age onward.
GH acts on many tissues throughout the body. In children and adolescents, it stimulates the growth of bone and cartilage. In people of all ages, GH boosts protein production, promotes the utilization of fat, interferes with insulin action, and raises blood sugar levels. GH also increases levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).
Human growth hormone benefits
GH is available as a prescription drug that is administered by injection. GH is indicated for children with GH deficiency and others with very short stature. It is also approved to treat adult GH deficiency — an uncommon condition that almost always develops in conjunction with significant problems afflicting the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, or both. The diagnosis of adult GH deficiency depends on special tests that stimulate GH production; simple blood tests are useless at best, misleading at worst.
Adults with bona fide GH deficiencies benefit from GH injections. They enjoy protection from fractures, increased muscle mass, improved exercise capacity and energy, and a reduced risk of future heart disease. But there is a price to pay. Up to 30% of patients experience side effects that include fluid retention, joint and muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on the nerve in the wrist causing hand pain and numbness), and high blood sugar levels.
What is human growth hormone therapy?
We need the proper amount of human growth hormone (HGH) to maintain a balanced amount of fat, muscle, and bone density in our bodies. The growth hormone is responsible for muscle, mental function, and sexual function. By replacing diminished HGH, patients enjoy better skin tone, improved bone density, muscle strength and cognitive function, and an overall feeling of wellness.
HGH helps to maintain, build, and repair healthy tissue in the brain and other organs. This hormone can help to speed up healing after an injury and repair muscle tissue after exercise. This helps to build muscle mass, boost metabolism, and burn fat. HGH is also said to benefit the quality and appearance of the skin.
Natural Ways to Boost your HGH:
Loss of body fat
Arginine supplements may help
GABA supplements may help
Reduce sugar intake
Avoid eating before bedtime
Sleep no later than 11 pm
Melatonin may help