Have you been hearing a lot about the Human Growth Hormone (hGH) lately? It's been hard to avoid hearing about its ability to reverse the aging process and restore the aging body.
Study after study has detailed the rejuvenating effects of hGH on almost every system of the body.
Just what is the human growth hormone (hGH)? It is a substance naturally produced by your own pituitary gland. It is necessary for the healthy functioning and the rejuvenation of every cell and every system of the body.
- your immune system won't function
- your thymus gland shrinks
- your skin wrinkles and thickens
- your hair turns white
- your eyes grow dim
- you lose your memory
- you gain weight and flab
- you lose interest in sex
How is hGH responsible for all these functions? It appears that hGH jump-starts older cells. It pushes the cells so that they go into the repair and reproductive stage more quickly.
Unfortunately, our repair and reproductive cycle starts to slow down as we age. Growth hormone starts declining shortly after the average person reaches their 20s. It declines even more in the 30s and 40s and beyond. By the time the average person reaches age 60, the pituitary secretes only 25% of the growth hormone it did at age 20. This results in the shrinkage of major organs and the onset of all other symptoms related to old age.
Studies Show Amazing Rejuvenating Effect of hGH
On July 5, l990, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a clinical study that stunned the medical establishment: A group of men between the ages of 61 and 81 were given injections of human growth hormone (hGH) - a substance naturally produced by the pituitary gland. The author of the study, Daniel Rudman, M.D., concluded:
After six months of treatment, the group gained an average of 8.8 percent in lean body mass and lost an average of 14.4 percent in fat mass. In addition, the skin thickened by 7.1 percent, and the liver and spleen grew by 19 percent and 17 percent.
"The effects of six months of human growth hormone on lean body mass and adipose tissue mass were equivalent in magnitude to the changes (that) occurred during 10 to 20 years of aging."
Stanford University researchers came to the same conclusion in 1992 and reported, "It is possible that physiologic growth hormone replacement might reverse of prevent some of the 'inevitable' sequelae of aging."
Other researchers agreed with these findings. According to Dr. Bob Goldman, President of the National Academy of Sports Medicine:
Noted medical researcher, Vincent Giampapa, M.D. underscored this point,
"Growth hormone replacement therapy may be the most powerful tool in slowing human aging, and human growth hormone may yet prove to be the silver bullet against the demon of the degenerative diseases of aging."
Study after study has detailed the rejuvenating effects of hGH on almost every system of the body.
"What growth hormone does is jump-start the older cell. Growth hormone pushes the cell so that it goes into the repair and reproductive stage more quickly."
Studies on the human growth hormone have shown that it actually reshapes physical contours. Belgian physician, Thierry Hertoghe, took body measurements of his patients before and after two months of treatment with growth hormone. He recorded a shrinkage of about 23 to 30 percent in the pockets of fat around the abdomen - which are typically the hardest to eliminate with dieting.
Burns Fat and Builds Muscle
According to Dr. Edmund Chein, hGH is unlike any other treatment or therapy for removing fat because it works with the body rather than against it. He claims that hGH actually changes the hormonal message that tells your body to store fat.
In another study headed by Dr. Franco Salomon in London, England, results were astounding: a group of adults deficient in growth hormone received daily doses of it. After six months, the group averaged an increase of 10 percent in lean muscle tissue with a corresponding drop of 7 percent in fat!
"When you end a diet, you immediately regain the lost pounds because you have not changed the hormonal message that tells your body to store fat. Growth hormone actually changes that message."
The immune system is the foundation of a long and healthy life. Many researchers have shown that when the immune system is compromised, life span is cut short.
Researchers have show the hGH therapy can directly impact immune function. It dramatically increases the activity of all major immune cell types, including T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells, and macrophages. Even more surprising, it boosts levels of cytokines (critical immune system messengers), such as interleukin 1, immunoglobulin G, and tumor necrosis factors.
Dr. Keith Kelley, an immunologist at the University of Illinois, showed that hGH can actually reverse the inevitable shrinking of the thymus gland, a key component of the immune system. In fact, the disappearance of the thymus gland with age is one of the hallmarks of aging. The older we grow, the more the thymus gland shrinks.
Strengthens the Heart
In a l996 study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of patients with moderate to severe heart disease were given hGH every other day for three months. When the patients were re-tested, their heart walls were thicker and showed an enhanced ability to contract and pump blood. They also showed a dramatic improvement in endurance and exercise capacity.
A group of scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, found that injections of IGF-1 (a metabolite of hGH) regenerated damaged neurons in the brain. Other studies show marked improvement in memory, the ability to think and reason, and in improved mental clarity, alertness and concentration.
Lifts Mood and Energy
Researchers at the St. Thomas Hospital in London administered hGH to a group of patients to determine its effect on mood and energy. Within one month of treatment, many of these patients reported a noticeable increase in energy. After six months of treatment, their psychological well-being improved markedly.
Rejuvenates Skin; Thickens Hair
Dr. Ronald Klatz described the effect of growth hormone on the skin:
Elmer Cranton, M.D., of the Mount Rainier Clinic in Washington, has treated patients with hGH for over five years and witnessed firsthand the reversal of skin wrinkling: "The skin gets thicker, and the dehydration that occurs with age is reversed."
"Growth hormone is the only anti-aging treatment known that actually makes people look younger. Creams and lotions that contain antioxidants, like vitamins E, A, or C and retinoic acid, have been shown to erase fine lines (but) do not stop the skin from sagging or shrinking. Only growth hormone therapy can take a decade or more off your face."
Human Growth Hormone treatment reduces skin wrinkling by its ability to stimulate protein synthesis, which leads to higher production of collagen and elastin, two essential skin proteins that form skin's structure.
It also reverses the rigidity of collagen and elastin. This becomes increasingly important as we age, since both collagen and elastin tend to become more brittle and lose their elasticity. "With growth hormone, the skin turgor (plumpness) is markedly better," related Vincent Giampapa, M.D. plastic surgeon. "The skin doesn't seem to hang as much."
Likewise, it also thickens hair growth and stimulates faster growth. 38% of 202 patients given hGH supplements reported new hair growth.
The elasticity of the lens of our eye declines with age, and it becomes harder and harder to keep objects in focus from a short distance, or adjust to darkness quickly.
Research indicates that hGH dramatically improves both night vision and near vision - in some cases, to the point of no longer requiring reading glasses.
Sam Baxas, M.D., of the Baxamed Clinic in Basil, Switzerland, included hGH replacement nine years ago in his therapy for patients suffering from Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's, and Alzheimer's diseases:
"The combination has been explosive. We are healing just about everything - heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscle wasting diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, lupus, all the autoimmune diseases."
GH injections were administered to a group of 26 aging mice in an animal study conducted at North Dakota State University by David Khansari, Ph.D., et al. Another group of 26 elderly mice was given a placebo. After 13 weeks, only two animals in the growth hormone group died compared with 16 animals in the placebo group. After four more weeks, only one from the GH group died. In contrast, every single animal in the placebo group had perished.
As a result of this trial, the researchers concluded, "long-term GH therapy prolongs the average life expectancy of the hormone-treated mice significantly."
Warning: The Little-Known Dangers
Although hGH produces amazing results, it also has a dark side that is rarely publicized. When taken alone or in excess dosages, growth hormone can actually exert an unnatural stimulating action and can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), lowered output of the body's own growth hormone, and acromegaly (abnormal bone growth in the wrists, hands and feet).
Even worse, other studies published in Cancer Research and the Journal of Endocrinology suggest that excess hGH may promote tumor growth (Cancer Research 1995, 1997).
In addition, it is expensive and difficult to administer. It is currently illegal to sell without a prescription - only licensed medical doctors can dispense hGH, with costs ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 a year.
Such exorbitant costs put hGH out of the reach of the normal person - as perhaps it should be, considering the difficult and unpleasant side effects.
But is there a way to slow down the decline of hGH in our bodies? Is there a way to produce enough of our own so that we don't need to ingest it?
The Real Reasons Growth Hormone Declines with Age
The levels of both growth hormone and IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor1) usually decline dramatically with age. By the time the average person reaches age 60, the pituitary secretes only 25% of the growth hormone than at age 20.
While it is true that our growth hormone levels may decline with age, our pituitary's capacity to produce growth hormone does not. The pituitary maintains its ability to produce adequate hGH well into old age. So why do hGH and IGF-1 levels decline?
Here are some reasons:
How to Safely Unlock the Anti-Aging Power of Growth Hormone
- Loss of hypothalamus sensitivity
- Decreased liver function
- Lack of deep sleep
- High blood sugar levels
We've seen that treating the body with growth hormone alone has its dangers. Wouldn't it be better to encourage the body to resume its natural production of growth hormone and IGF-1? The key to safely unlocking the benefits of growth hormone is to nourish and balance, not stimulate. This means supporting the liver, pituitary and hypothalamus with amino acids, herbal extracts, essential oils and growth hormone releasers. It also means avoiding reliance on single hormone supplements.
By activating the organs involved in the natural production of growth hormone and IGF-1, powerful anti-aging effects can be achieved with minimal side effects or long-term complications.
The Liver: Key to Growth Hormone Conversion
Most of the benefits of growth hormone are due to a substance known as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), not to the growth hormone itself. It is the IGF-1 that actually translates growth hormone's chemical signals into physical effects throughout the body. In fact, many doctors measure growth hormone levels not by testing for growth hormone itself but by testing for IGF-1.
The liver is the organ responsible for converting growth hormone into IGF-1. If the liver is not functioning optimally due to age, disease or diet, only partial conversion of hGH into IGF-1 will occur. As IGF-1 levels drop, the body will begin to feel the effects of premature aging.
Also, if fat accumulates in the liver, enzyme conversion and its other metabolic functions become sluggish - directly interfering with the conversion of growth hormone into IGF-1. As IGF-1 production slow, the effects of aging become more and more pronounced - even if the pituitary secretes adequate levels of the growth hormone.
But there are natural, safe ways to encourage IGF-1 conversion in the liver.
To learn what they are, read Part II of, "The Truth About Human Growth Hormone."
You will learn:
- The Simple, Safe and Natural Solutions to Releasing Growth Hormone.
- The 4 Important Lifestyle Changes to Ward Off Premature Aging.
(Condensed, revised and reprinted from the Essential Edge, April, 1999, [by permission] by independent distr. R. James)
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