HGH or human growth hormone is well known to most people – especially those over a certain age who want to look younger
You may have heard about HGH as an anti aging hormone so powerful it will stop aging. There is a huge amount written and claimed about human growth hormone and much of it is hype.
So – here’s some basic background information to help you negotiate your way through the hype jungle.
Human growth hormone is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in animals and at the centre of all human hormone production.
Production of human growth hormone peaks in puberty – as you might expect – to cope with the surge in body growth at this time. From then on – it’s downhill all the way with HGH production slowly declining over the course of your life.
Between the ages of 21 and 60 the level of human growth hormone circulating in our bodies declines by 80%. Decline of HGH secretion continues and accelerates with age and by the age of 80 most people have extremely low levels.- “not enough to build a fingernail” in one expert’s words.
Although HGH was first discovered in the 1950’s – in the last thirty years interest in HGH as an anti aging hormone has been huge.
“Aging appears to be due in large part to the drastic decline of growth hormone in the body after adulthood”
Dr. Ronald Klatz MD President US Academy of Anti Aging Medicine
Human growth hormone research studies performed in the last thirty years have shown that raising levels of HGH can result in an impressive list of changes in the body. Some of these include: losing fat, buliding muscle, improving sexual performance, increasing immune function and removing wrinkles.
Seem too good to be true? Probably not – after all – HGH is the master hormone which is secreted by the pituitary gland and is responsible for directly and indirectly balancing the body’s critical hormone levels.
As a result of all the research – human growth hormone has become a staple in the body builder’s medicine cabinet and HGH sites are often covered with alarming pictures of over-developed body perfectionists. This kind of attention has also been off putting to other people interested in HGH as an anti aging hormone as part of a healthy aging process.
But before you rush off to try to find HGH supplements – there is a problem if you are interested in healthy aging. Currently there isn’t a totally satisfactory way of raising the body’s natural levels of human growth hormone.
You can’t increase levels of HGH by changing your diet as it’s a hormone produced by your body and isn’t available in foods. Neither can you just go online and order an HGH supplement or find one on your local drugstore counter.
If you want to raise the level of HGH in your body you have two choices – human growth hormone injections or natural supplements (herbal releasers) that stimulate your body to produce more HGH. Often these herbal releasers are called ‘HGH supplements’ but that’s incorrect and misleading.
Both HGH injections and HGH releasers have disadvantages and a sensible level of caution will avoid you being sucked into the hype that surrounds human growth hormone. Above all you want to avoid the Rocky look (I assume!)
In the end you may just conclude that the decline in levels of human growth hormone is a natural part of healthy aging and accept it!