What is it?
There is a long list of supplements being sold claiming to either be Human Growth Hormone (HGH or GH) or cause the release of GH. The number of nutrients claiming to be able to increase HGH levels is long. The major products in this category currently being, marketed can be broken down into three major categories however. There is:
• Homeopathic GH claiming to contain actual HGH
• Growth hormone promoting nutrients (e.g., certain amino acids, vitamins, etc.)
• Secretagogues which are short peptides that supposedly cause a release of GH.
What is it supposed to do?
The role of GH in the human body is extensive and rather complicated with many effects still being elucidated. GH is known to play an essential role in the regulation of bodyfat levels, immunity, muscle mass, wound healing, bone mass, and literally thousands of other functions both known and yet unknown. Real human GH is a peptide 191 amino acids long with a molecular weight of approx. 20,000.
It is produced by the anterior pituitary gland, located at the base the brain. The bulk of the effect accomplished by GH is performed by a related hormone (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 or IGF-1), which is released predominantly by the liver and, to some extent, by other tissues in response to GH levels. However, some recent data suggests GH has effects separate from that of its relation to IGF-1.
It is well established that GH levels steadily decline as we age and is partially responsible for the steady loss of muscle mass, loss of skin elasticity, immune disfunction, and many other physical changes that take place in the aging human body.
GH releasing nutrients claim to release GH and thus have the positive effects associated with GH.
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