Human Growth Hormone
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a long chain amino acid molecule produced by the anterior pituitary gland, located at the base the brain. It is a large fragile protein molecule with a molecular weight of 20,000. HGH acts on many different tissues to promote healthy metabolism. The bulk of the effect accomplished by hGH is performed by a related hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which is released predominantly by the liver and, to some extent, by other tissues in response to the presence of hGH. It is one of the primary hormones of importance for maintaining optimal cellular performance.
The potential benefits of raising Human Growth Hormone levels
Natural levels of hGH and IGF-1 decline progressively after young adulthood, leading to many of the bodily changes associated with aging. Raising hGH and IGF-1 levels to those associated with younger physiology slows down or delays the age related decline frequently seen in many organs.
Studies reliably demonstrate that the following are among the many beneficial effects of modulating hGH/IGF-1:
Diminished sun damage-type wrinkling
Decreased total body fat
Increased lean muscle mass
Increased bone mineral density
Improved cholesterol profile
Decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol
Increased HDL (good) cholesterol
Improved exercise capacity
Decreased recovery time between workouts
Improved blood flow to the kidney
Improved mood, coping skills, and overall well being
Improved general energy levels
These effects do not occur over night, after the first several weeks of therapy, the first change that is typically noted is a feeling of enhanced well-being, with most of the compositional changes, such as fat loss or muscle or bone gain noted after 3 to 11 months of therapy.