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HGH Releasers as a Treatment for Obesity

Growth hormone is a type of peptide hormone and one of the most important bodily chemicals found in animals. In mankind, it is known as human growth hormone, or HGH.  Human growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland and interacts with receptors throughout the body.  The most notable role of HGH in the body is for promoting growth, such as during childhood development.  In terms of growth, HGH also regulates muscles, bones and organs.  Other functions of HGH include immune support, glucose absorption, cognitive support, and weight control.

HGH levels are at their highest during childhood and then start to decline with age.  By the age of 30, people will have an average of only 20% of their childhood HGH levels.  For each decade after 30, people can expect HGH levels to decline by about 12-15%.  This decline in HGH is directly related to the many signs of aging, such as a slowed metabolism, increased body fat, wrinkles and poor memory.

HGH Supplements

HGH therapy involves synthetic growth hormone which is typically delivered with an injection.  Because of the numerous risks associated with HGH therapy, it is only FDA approved for a select few conditions such as short stature.  HGH treatments are associated with numerous benefits, including:

  • Reducing body fat, particularly in the abdomen
  • Fighting signs of aging; reducing wrinkles
  • Improving bone density
  • Increasing muscle mass
  • Improving immune function
  • Repairing cognitive impairments from aging

There are also dozens of severe risks associated with HGH treatments, like joint inflammation, diabetes, and lymphoma. Because of the risks, HGH is highly regulated.  As a treatment option, HGH injections are expensive and typically cost more than $1,000 per month.

Aside from synthetic human growth hormone therapies, there are also products called HGH releasers.  These products do not contain HGH but contain substances which are purported to increase the amount of HGH made by the pituitary gland.  Currently, there is only one prescription HGH releaser which is FDA approved: Sermorelin.  This pharmaceutical drug was developed to treat growth problems but it is being prescribed as an anti-aging treatment as well as for helping weight loss.

While there is only one prescription HGH releaser available, there are numerous over-the-counter HGH releasers sold as supplements.  These HGH supplements promise the same benefits as HGH therapy and are primarily marketed for weight loss or anti-aging benefits.  Most of the OTC HGH supplements contain a formula of various amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins and can contribute to HGH secretion.  However, experts doubt that these HGH releasers actually stimulate significant amounts of human growth hormone production. Gary Wadler, chairman of the World Anti Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and Methods Subcommittee, told USA Today that a person would need to take very large amounts of non-prescription HGH releasers in order to get any lasting benefits.  In these large amounts, the person would likely experience side effects such as diarrhea or dyspepsia.

Are HGH Releasers Worth It?

Without a prescription and a bankroll of over $1,000 per month, synthetic HGH injections are out of most dieters’ league.  Some private doctors will give prescriptions for the pharmaceutical HGH releaser Sermorelin, which is more reasonably priced at about $300 per month.  The results with Sermorelin are not as obvious as with injections but the benefits are still evident.

For most people wanting to lose weight with HGH, non-prescription HGH releasers are the only feasible option.  While cheaper than the pharmaceutical options, HGH releasers can still be very pricy at about $60 for a month supply – and their effectiveness is questionable.  When choosing an HGH releaser, there are some ingredients which have shown beneficial.  The amino acids L-arginine and L- glutamine are supported by some clinical research.  They appear to work not by increasing HGH but by blocking somatostatin, a chemical which impairs HGH. With any effective HGH releaser, there will be some side effects, like nausea or swelling.

How to take HGH Releasers for Weight Loss

Each HGH releaser supplement will have its own instructions for use.  However, there are general guidelines which you should follow to get weight loss benefits from HGH releasers.

If you do manage to find an effective HGH releaser, it is important to realize that the effectiveness could diminish with time.  It is generally recommended to cycle HGH releaser use.  For example, to use it for 6 weeks and then stop using it for 2-3 weeks. HGH releasers must also never be used with anti-cholinergic medications or alcoholic substances. Do not consume proteins or carbohydrates for at least three hours before or one hour after you take an HGH releaser as it will impede the HGH secretion.

References:

Emanuelson, Jerry. “Human Growth Hormone.” From the Life Extension Manual. Futurescience.com. Future Science. 15 Nov 2011. Web.

Perez, AJ. “New Hurdle for HGH Detection.” Usatoday.com. USA Today. 28 May 2008. Web.

Alba-Roth J, Müller OA, Schopohl J, and von Werder K. “Arginine stimulates growth hormone secretion by suppressing endogenous somatostatin secretion”. Journal of Clinical. Endocrinology Metabolism 67.6 (1988): 1186–9.

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