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HGH Releasers - the Amino Acid Pill and Powder Products

All the non-prescription human growth hormone supplements that are digested; the pills, capsules, tablets, and powders are called releasers. They may also be called secretagogues, enhancers, precursors, or stimulators. Such products are dietary supplements that are regulated by the FDA's food laws.

The main ingredients in the HGH releasers are amino acids, and some also contain vitamins and herbs such as ginseng.

*Please see below for important information regarding these types of products.

The Ingredients Contained in HGH Releasers

Amino acids are nothing new. They are the building blocks of protein. Bodybuilders and athletes have been taking these same amino acids in dietary supplements for years, long before there were any HGH products, and they still take those same amino acids now.

We receive amino acids in food and in various health supplements and protein powders.

As previously stated, many of the releaser type products also contain vitamins, especially the B vitamins. Other ingredients commonly found in these products are herbs such as ginseng.

We know the B vitamins and ginseng can provide benefits such as increased energy, so it may be that these ingredients are added to a product to make it appear to be more effective.

For instance, increased energy is one of the most popular benefits of increasing human growth hormone in the body, so if the person taking such a product has an increase in energy he may think that his HGH level is increasing, when in reality he is only experiencing the benefits of vitamins and/or ginseng.

Large Doses of Amino Acids Are Required

Some amino acids have been found to help stimulate the release of growth hormone, however, the amounts needed of each of the amino acids are so much that they cannot be placed in 1 or 2 pills or capsules and so HGH releasers do not contain the recommended amounts of the amino acids they contain.

For instance, the recommended daily amount of arginine to take is 2 -3 gm per day, that's 2000 -3000 mg per day.

The recommended amount of Glutamine is 1.5 to 6 gms per day (1500-6000 mg).

Also, in clinical studies some of the amino acids were given intravenously, not by mouth, and so it is doubtful that the results would be the same.

Above I included information about only 2 of the amino acids that may affect HGH release along with more information you should want to know about. You should also seek information about the other amino acids and ingredients found in any pill or powder product you are considering.

The amino acids that may be used in releasers:

  • Arginine
  • Arginine Pyroglutamate
  • Glutamine
  • Ornithine
  • Glycine
  • Lysine
  • OKG (L-ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate)
  • Tryptophan

*Before buying any HGH product that is in either pill, tablet, capsule, or powder form find out how much of each ingredient the product contains. Most products do not contain the recommended amounts needed to successfully stimulate the pituitary gland to release growth hormone.

The Dangers of Large Doses of Amino Acids

Taking large doses of amino acids can cause kidney and liver damage. The breakdown of large amounts of amino acids can cause a buildup of amonia in the liver, which is toxic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that once the body uses the amino acids it requires any excess amino acids will enter an oxidative cycle. During this cycle the kidneys must process and expel the excess from the body. This increased workload may possibly lead to kidney damage.

Nitrogen balance after processing amino acids is also related to kidney function. Harris R. Lieberman, et al. noted in "Nutritional Neuroscience" that the body's nitrogen balance is the result of amino acid intake minus the amount of nitrogen the body excretes. If too many amino acids are ingested, especially if it is an unbalanced over-consumption, the body will begin excreting more amino acids than it takes in, which leads to a negative nitrogen balance.

High doses of arginine can cause stomach upset and people with herpes virus should not take it because it can aid the replication of the virus. Also, people who take NSAIDS should be careful when taking arginine.

People who are sensitive to MSG (monosodium glutamate) should be careful when taking glutamine because the body converts it into glutamate. Those who take anti-seizure medications should not take glutamine.

In fact, anyone with liver or kidney problems should consult their doctor before taking any supplement that contains amino acids.

The Benefits Don't Seem to Last

Besides the problems that can arise from taking large amounts of amino acids it seems that any pituitary stimulation obtained by using amino acids is unsustainable. The pituitary gland appears to become resistant to the stimulation within the first 1-3 months and so the amino acid products no longer work.

Even the makers of the well advertised product called SeroVital admitted that they did not know whether the stimulation they claim was obtained at 120 minutes following the first ingestion of their product was sustainable.

They stated:

"Whether these GH changes persist over a longer duration or have other positive effects is being further examined."

Of course one should not put much faith in clinical studies that measured the effectiveness of just the first dose! That is why scientifically accepted clinical studies measure the IGF-1 level over a period of several months rather than the HGH level 2 hours after just one dose of a product. No product can be effective if the effects are not sustainable.

HGH Releaser Sprays

Due to the great popularity and effectiveness of legitimate homeopathic HGH sprays over the years there are now some spray products such as Sytropin that contain amino acids, vitamins, herbs, etc., in homeopathic amounts. These types of sprays contain no homeopathic human growth hormone, which is the only form of HGH contained in any non-injection product. Such sprays may be said to contain "HGH components" but don't be fooled. They contain no HGH at all.


Those needing to supplement their amino acid and vitamin intake may do so at their local health food store without purchasing an HGH pill or powder product that doesn't contain enough of the amino acids to do any good.

In my case, besides the foods I eat I receive amino acids from the protein powder I take daily and I also supplement my diet with glutamine for its GI benefits, but I would not depend upon amino acids alone for my human growth hormone therapy.

I have spoken to numerous people who have tried the amino acid releaser pills and of those who said they received benefits many said the benefits only lasted for 2-3 months and then faded away.

I believe optimum benefits are received by taking HGH Plus IGF-1 & IGF-2 while also ensuring the body has the needed building blocks, which are the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids the body needs to actually build the new healthy cells the growth factors of HGH will ask it to build.

Lisa Wells, RN


*The human growth hormone product I take and recommend.

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