What Is Growth Hormone? Growth hormone, or somatotropin, is produced and released by the anterior (frontal) lobe of the pituitary gland and peaks during puberty. Human growth hormone (HGH) is responsible for stimulating the growth of cells, cellular reproduction and cell regeneration during adolescence and also regulates body composition, muscle and bone growth, and sugar and fat metabolism.
Benefits of Human Growth Hormone Supplementation
Growth hormone is similar to the anabolic hormone testosterone in that it quickly decreases as we age. Studies show that a significant HGH deficiency causes increased body fat, decreased muscle mass and decreased bone density. Naturally, athletes, bodybuilders and those seeking help with weight loss are drawn to studies that support the benefits of HGH supplementation.
Human growth hormone supplements are available as pills, powders, and injections designed to increase the body’s production of the hormone. True HGH requires injections and prescription and should be medically supervised as there are risks and potential side effects.
In a clinical setting, HGH treatments are used to correct deficiencies or to:
- Increase Muscle – Human growth hormone stimulates collagen production in the skeletal muscles and tendons, leading to increased muscle strength and size and may also improve exercise or athletic performance.
- Promote Bone Strength And Healing – Human growth hormone has been shown to promote the regeneration of bone and speeds up fracture healing significantly. Growth hormone again enhances collagen production during the wound-healing process, heals fractures and increases bone mass and bone strength
- Support Skin And Tissue Repair – In a clinical setting, human growth hormone can serve a therapeutic role in skin and tissue repair in burn patients. The collagen stimulation may also prove beneficial in skin repair and regeneration of otherwise healthy subjects.
- Promote Weight Loss – Growth hormone supports lipolysis, the breakdown of lipids and triglycerides into glycerol and free fatty acids. Low human growth hormone leads to a marked reduction of this lipolytic effect resulting in reduced fat loss. Administration of HGH increases fat loss, especially visceral (belly) fat.
Increase HGH Naturally
It is possible to increase your body’s production of HGH naturally through:
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – High-intensity training results in exercise-induced growth hormone response and increases HGH secretion. Endurance exercise may also promote HGH secretion. Your exercise must maintain an intensity above your lactate threshold for a minimum of 10 minutes.
- Restful Sleep – After your active day and healthy diet, restful, uninterrupted sleep can increase the production and release of both testosterone and growth hormones. Eight hours per night optimizes your production of HGH.
- Vitamin C And D Supplementation – Consuming more vitamin C and D foods and Vitamin C and D supplementation may help increase HGH.
- L-glutamine and L-arginine – The combination of exercise and L-glutamine and L-arginine supplementation have been shown to increase blood (free) testosterone, IGF-1, and HGH.
- Avoiding Sugar – Stay away from sugar, especially for the first two hours after your workouts. Sugar, including fructose, will stimulate your hypothalamus to release somatostatin, which blocks your production of HGH. Sugars also spike your insulin levels resulting in increased body fat storage and severely decreased growth hormone production.