Growth hormone is the body’s second most anabolic hormone, following testosterone. Growth hormone is used and abused by many professional athletes to increase size, strength, and muscle density while repairing sore joints, tendons, and muscles. GH is taken sub-cutaneously, meaning just under the sink in doses ranging from 2-4 iu per day. Growth hormone is pried because of its ability to increase fat loss and stacked with illegal steroids to increase muscle growth via satellite cell expression (creating new muscle out of baby cells).
Growth hormone is certainly anabolic, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It increases levels of IGF-1, which is anabolic and also increases the effect of testosterone. Growth hormone can be had on the black market for anywhere from $250-$500 for a 30 day kit. Unfortunately boosting your growth hormone levels artificially can cause some serious side effects and some minor ones that can be just plain annoying. Some of the negative side effects include a direct effect on the growth of tendons and joints, which may lead to numbness and loss of felling in ones hands and legs. Over time, super levels of growth hormone can cause bone and organ growth (aka cro-magnon man syndrome). So, if growth hormone gives these benefits, how can you safely increase GH levels without injecting yourself daily with shots of GH? The answer is quite simple.
Growth hormone can be increased by following a simple diet, exercise plan and supplementation. I will warn you, the effects of GH are not something you are going to feel immediately, like a prohormone. Illegal GH injections take at least 2 months to kick in and cycles usually last anywhere from 5-7 months for good results. Now, there are natural ways to increase GH and it’s downstream hormonal cascade. Heavy workouts are one way to release GH, getting proper sleep is another way to release GH. Taking potassium and a health does of B vitamins can also augment GH release over time and can lead to higher overall GH levels in humans.
Finally, oral arginine-pyroglutamate, ornithine AKG, and other nutrients like l-dopa can increase the GH response above normal levels. LG Sciences IGH-1 has a precise ratio of GH secretagogs/ potentiators in the right does, but be aware that the benefits of GH can’t be felt immediately, it’s the value over time that is essential. If you are not committed to seeing results over 12 weeks, then the products are probably not worth the investment.