What is HGH? Human Growth Hormone (somatotropin, also spelled as somatotrophin) is one of the main hormones of the body. It is responsible for growth and development when we are children and as adults it is still very important because it helps the body to rejuvenate and heal itself by building healthy new cells to replace the damaged or worn out cells. Learn about HGH.
What is IGF-1? Insulin-like Growth Factor-1, also known as somatomedin C, is the main growth factor of HGH and is 10 times more potent. It is IGF-1 that gives us most of the benefits. Once growth hormone is released into the bloodstream it is quickly taken in by the liver and converted into IGF-1 and other growth factors. More information: IGF-1.
What is IGF-2? Insulin-like Growth Factor-2, also known as somatomedin A, is another important growth factor of growth hormone. IGF-2 has been found to be an important modulator of muscle growth, helping to stimulate the maturation of dormant new muscle cells. It is also involved in the health of the brain, nerves, liver and kidneys. IGF-2 is also a mitogen for many types of normal cells.
More information: The Body's Growth Factors.
Is human growth hormone therapy safe? After the enormous positive publicity of Dr. Rudman's study, articles began appearing that warned about the risks of human growth hormone. Of course too much of most things can cause harm and much of the concern has been based on the abuse of the injections by athletes determined to enhance their body and performance in any way possible.
Also please keep in mind, the side effects mentioned have only been seen in patients taking too much synthetic human growth hormone via injection. Homeopathic HGH is much safer. it is said that homeopathy has never caused harm in the 200+ years of its existence.
More information: Side Effects of HGH Injections.
Some claim that only the injections are effective, is that true? As a registered nurse for 34 years, the last 16 of those years being spent working with human growth hormone therapies I tell you this is absolutely NOT true! All anyone has to do is read any of the books written about human growth hormone.
More information: Are Only the Injections Effective?
At what age should HGH therapy begin? Human growth hormone is at its highest during adolescence and begins to decline in the 20's. There are various opinions concerning the best time to begin anti-aging therapy. More information: At What Age Should Human Growth Hormone Therapy Begin?
Can HGH increase height in adults? This is a question that is asked very frequently, especially by teenagers and young adults. HGH may help to boost the growth rate of long bones if the person is still in their growth and development stage of life. Once the long bones have fused the only way growth hormone or any product could increase height would be by increasing bone density. More information can be found in the HGH-Pro Forums: HGH and Increasing Height.
Can human growth hormone affect health conditions? Yes, it can. For more information: HGH and Health Conditions.
Will HGH make a woman masculine?
HGH is not a male sex hormone. It is a hormone for normal growth and development in all children and adolescents, and it is needed for the continued health and vitality of all adults.
HGH is also not a steroid, but it does have some steroid like effects such as increasing lean muscle and decreasing fat. HGH does not make women masculine, however, if a woman is working out with heavy weights it can enhance the benefits of the workout. Lifting heavy weights helps to build large muscles, so women wanting to firm and shape up should use low weights with more repetitions, and HGH should enhance the benefits of their workout.
Human growth hormone is known to improve the condition of the hair, return gray hair back to the original color, thicken thin hair, and increase the rate of normal hair growth, however it should not cause women to grow beards or develop hairy bodies.
Is it safe for pregnant women to take HGH products? At this time we are unaware of any clinical studies that show human growth hormone therapy to be safe for use during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not take any type of health product or supplement unless it is specifically approved by their doctor.
Does HGH help to improve libido and sexual function? Human growth hormone is known to improve libido and sexual function, as well as improve testosterone in men, and improve estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in women. We have had numerous positive reports from men and women in this regard. In fact, if a couple seems to no longer be as interested in sex and one of them decides to take HGH therapy their spouse may also wish to consider it. The reason is because the one having HGH therapy will probably become more interested in sex.
Can HGH improve the symptoms of menopause? It may. For more information please see our page about HGH and Menopause.
Are HGH patches, topical creams, or pills better than sprays? No, the sublingual (under the tongue) route is the preferred route of administration due to the fact that the skin under the tongue is much thinner with more superficial blood access, and so sprays are better absorbed than patches and topical creams. All the pill, tablet, capsule, and powder products do not contain any form of human growth hormone. They are dietary supplements and go through the digestive tract. They are made up of ingredients such as amino acids, vitamins, and/or herbs. See the link in the left menu for more information about HGH releasers.
More information: HGH Patches.
When is the best time to take HGH and does it matter if you eat before or after? It depends on the type of product you are taking. The products that are digested are usually made up of a group of amino acids, vitamins, and other ingredients. It is generally recommended that certain amino acids be taken one hour before exercise and also at bedtime on an empty stomach. Amino acids also need to be cycled. Specific instructions should be noted on the bottle, or should be available at the manufacturer's web site or by contacting the manufacturer.
Homeopathic sprays such as ours are not stacks of amino acids and so they are taken differently. Of course each manufacturer should have their own specific instructions, but generally homeopathic HGH products are taken upon awaking, in the afternoon (if one exercises in the afternoon he/she can take the afternoon dose about 30 minutes to 1 hour before exercise), and about 30 minutes before sleep at night. Homeopathic products should also be cycled, however, they normally do not require an entire month off as amino acids usually do.
Concerning taking HGH products on an empty stomach, as stated above, amino acids are usually taken on an empty stomach. It is not necessary that homeopathic products be taken on an empty stomach because the active ingredients are not being absorbed in the stomach, however it is also not recommended they be taken immediately before or after meals. We generally recommend our clients not eat for about 1 hour before or after their day time doses and not eat for at least 2 hours before their bedtime dose, however, this is also individualized and will depend on what they eat.
The reason we recommend our clients not take their dose around meal times is because when we eat our glucose usually increases, which causes an increase in insulin, which can inhibit HGH release. We prefer our products be taken when the glucose level is stable.
Can HGH products make the pituitary gland lazy? Only the HGH injections can cause the pituitary gland to become lazy because only they can give the body an amount of human growth hormone that can replace that made naturally by the pituitary gland. If the body receives the HGH it needs through injection, the pituitary gland won't release as much. The only human growth hormone contained in any non-injection product is homeopathic HGH, so the amount used is very small. For this reason all non-injection products cannot cause the pituitary gland to become lazy. More information: How Homeopathic HGH Sprays Work.
What about increasing the risk of cancer? There are various opinions concerning HGH and cancer.
More information: HGH and Cancer.
Where does today's human growth hormone come from?
It was first used in 1958 and the source was the brain of cadavers, usually obtained in Africa. In the 80's cadaver growth hormone was removed from the market when it was found to cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the children who took it. Today we have a safer form.
More information: The Source of Today's HGH.