The use of Human Growth Hormone or HGH for energy and endurance is controversial and hotly debated. Though it is approved for use in the treatment of a limited number of medical conditions, the FDA stipulates that it is illegal to distribute HGH products for anti-aging, bodybuilding, or athletic enhancement.
What It Is
HGH is a natural peptide hormone that plays a crucial role in the manufacture and repair of cell tissue.
Where It Comes From
The body produces HGH in the pituitary gland. Normally healthy people produce sufficient HGH but it is believed that the body’s ability to manufacture HGH declines with age.
For many decades HGH for medical treatment was only available as extracted from cadavers, which necessarily limited its use. However several forms of HGH are currently available. It can be produced through recombinant DNA technology, and since 1985 biosynthetic forms of HGH have been approved for use. In addition, there are a number of products on the market branded as HGH “releasers”, substances which theoretically stimulate the body’s production of the hormone.
What It Does
The primary function of HGH is the stimulation of growth and cell reproduction, regeneration, and repair. It promotes protein synthesis, increases muscle mass, and stimulates the growth of internal organs. HGH is also known to increase calcium retention, which has a positive impact on bone strength, and to enhance immune system function.
HGH supplements are used to treat conditions that result in short stature, growth failure, and delayed sexual maturity. These conditions include chronic renal failure, Turner Syndrome, and a deficiency of the hormone itself. It is also an accepted and clinically-proven treatment in building and maintaining muscle mass due to wasting diseases such as AIDS and Prader-Willi syndrome.
Research on the use of HGH for a variety of other conditions, including multiple sclerosis, obesity, fibromyalgia, heart disease, colitis, and Chron’s disease is ongoing. It is also viewed by some as a potential anti-aging agent. Though some studies have shown encouraging potential, the results remain inconclusive and the use of the hormone for non-growth-related conditions is controversial.
For almost 40 years HGH has been used to improve athletic performance in many sports. However its use is banned as doping by many organizations, including the IOC and the NCAA.
How It Works To Enhance Energy and Endurance
- HGH produces an anabolic or building effect on body tissues, including muscle tissue and internal organs. HGH proponents say that this can effectively increase strength, flexibility, endurance, and tissue resilience in healthy individuals.
- HGH is considered by many to be an important anti-aging tool because of its ability to repair and regenerate tissue. Research on the use of HGH in elderly men has indicated that groups taking HGH supplements showed a halt in age-related loss of bone density and a clinically significant increase in muscle mass. Additional benefits from HGH, including increased energy, endurance, and sexual function, have also been reported but remain clinically undocumented.
Dosage, Dangers, Contraindications, And Side Effects
There are a number of potential dangers and side effects from excess amounts of HGH, including pituitary atrophy, tumors, and acromegaly (thickening and enlargement of bones in the jaw and fingers). Joint pain and swelling, sleep problems, and an increased risk of diabetes have also been associated with HGH usage.
HGH should not be used by diabetics, pregnant or lactating women, cancer patients, or children whose bone growth has not completed.