There has been quite a bit of discussion on the topic of human growth hormone in the last several years. The belief is that it helps to increase muscle mass, strengthen tendons and ligaments, and also improve the body's ability to burn fat. Although some question its efficacy, many believe that there is at least some benefit to increased growth hormone levels in adults. Before looking at how growth hormone may be stimulated, it is important to first understand exactly what it is.
Growth hormone is one of the main hormones responsible for the reproduction, growth and regeneration of cells in humans and other animals. It is often prescribed to children with disorders impacting their ability to grow to a normal size throughout childhood, adolescence and into young adulthood. In some cases, it is also prescribed to adults with a growth hormone deficiency.
Its effect on muscle building in adults is less clearly understood, but athletes have used it since the 1970s to enhance muscle growth and performance.
Prescription growth hormone can be beneficial, but many prefer more moderate increases through natural means. There are a number of supplements that claim to stimulate the production of growth hormone, with some having more potential than others. A handful of l-group amino acids, such as isoleucine, valine, arginine, tyrosine, and lysine, are likely the most popular.
Some of these are essential, meaning the body cannot produce them on its own, while others are inessential, meaning the body can produce them on its own.
While several of the above mentioned amino acids have been connected to increased growth hormone production, the most promising is l-arginine.
In some cases, a direct injection of l-arginine has been seen to increase growth hormone substantially.
The effects of oral administration of l-arginine and other l-group amino acids do not appear to be as substantial as injection. Of course, injections carry substantial risks, making any benefit less clearly defined.
Several other supplements all claim to enhance growth hormone production, but the most promising is GABA. GABA, short for gamma aminobutyric acid, has been shown in one study to increase growth hormone up to 400% above baseline levels as compared to a placebo.
In addition to its effect on growth hormone stimulation, GABA is also thought to have a calming effect on the brain and to promote better quality sleep. Whether there is a relationship between better quality sleep and growth hormone is unclear.
The choice to use supplements in order to boost growth hormone is one that needs to be well thought out. While many supplements are safe to use, it is important to properly vet the company and only supplement with products from reputable sources to ensure a safe and productive experience.
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