Do HGH Boosters Work or Are They a Scam

In the fitness world everyone would like to improve performance, increase muscle mass and reduce fat, there are far to many products and companies wanting you to spend money on their products, all claiming the aforementioned benefits, there are even more advocates saying that HGH boosters don’t work at all.

If I were to use a similar scenario and tell you, don’t eat fruit and vegetables any more because they do not contain the same nutritional value that they did 40 years ago, you would probably tell me to go jump in a lake somewhere, many recent claims say that the soil used to farm our food has less mineral content reducing the overall nutritional value, sure it could be slightly depleted but not completely, which is why we still continue to consume them.

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HGH production reaches its peak during adolescence and begins to sharply fall when men and women reach their mid forties,  some of the issues that occur from low HGH include:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Senility
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Lower life expectancy

Man performin squats while woman is watching

HGH booster supplements

Supplements are much different than food and there are many critics that claim there is no benefit from taking them, I can recall similar statements years ago about vitamins, yet many of us still take them, recently HGH “human growth hormone supplements “have become very popular and in spite of their popularity there are many critics claiming they offer no benefit.

Benefits of HGH boosters

If you are someone who believes that HGH boosters don’t work, you may as well stop taking your whey protein and any other supplement because most supplements in the eyes of the critics don’t work period! The same thing was said about Creatine back in the early 80’s yet it is now a widely used sport supplement.

The ingredients in HGH boosters can have a significant impact on increasing muscle and losing fat, below I will explain the ingredients they contain and how they work, there are many different HGH boosters sold and in this article I will reference the ingredients of a product by the name of (GH advanced plus) because it is one with highest concentration of the ingredients needed to help your body produce more HGH than it already does.

 The main ingredient in most HGH boosters should contain the following:

  • L –Glutamine
  • L-Arginine
  • Alpha GPC (Alpha Glycerol Phosphoryl Choline)
  • 5 HTP (5 Hydroxy-Tryptophan)

L- Glutamine plays a key role in protein synthesis which is extremely important for muscle synthesis and growth, glutamine can also be found in small amounts in the lungs and brain, in fact glutamine has been used for medical purposes in patients who are suffering from muscle deteriorating diseases such as cancer and HIV because of its impact it can have on muscle growth.

L-Arganine is an essential amino acid found in humans, L-Arginine plays a very important role in cell division, it is essential to help heal wounds, it also helps eliminate ammonia from the body and improves immune function and regulates the release of hormones.

Alpha GPC (Alpha Glycerol Phosphoryl Choline) this is probably one of the more important ingredients in any HGH booster, Alpha GPC has been used to treat cognitive disorders such as stroke and Alzheimer’s, Alpha GPC is responsible for fast delivery of choline to the brain which is vital to the bodies central nervous system.

5 HTP (5 Hydroxy-Tryptophan) is a naturally occurring amino acid that has been used as an appetite suppressant, antidepressant and sleep aid and is the key ingredient in GH Advanced nighttime formula, which is responsible for improving sleep patterns.

As you can see the four ingredients listed above can have a significant impact on our body, HGH secretion is regulated by the pituitary gland and secretion is at its highest level when we are sleeping, combining L Arginine, L-Gluatmine and 5 HTP are important for both regulating hormone levels and improving sleep cycles at night which are important for continued HGH production.

Conclusion:

To take an HGH booster is completely your decision, most will argue that they will not work, and thats ok. I am still sold on them, sure there are many other ways to increase HGH levels by intense stop and start training, fasting and losing weight, but if HGH levels are low,  a quality HGH booster may be all you need to bring those levels back to normal.

References:

Selected Sources – Results based on core ingredients. The effect of L-ornithine hydrochloride ingestion on human growth hormone secretion after strength training.

Shinichi Demura, Takayoshi Yamada, Shunsuke Yamaji, Miho Komatsu, Koji Morishita. http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=1583#.U5nBmygn-Js

Welbourne, T. “Increased plasma bicarbonate and growth hormone after an oral glutamine load.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 61: 1058-1061, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7733028

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