HGH 101: A Human Growth Hormone Q&A

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By Misty Bott

Human growth hormone, or HGH, is a key hormone produced by the body. Testosterone tends to steal the show when we think about important hormones for building muscle and boosting drive, but HGH is just as important. Testosterone and human growth hormone are independent but complimentary regulators of things like muscle size and strength, body composition, and metabolism.

Interested in beefing up your HGH knowledge? This article answers some of the most common questions we’re asked about human growth hormone.

Q: What Is HGH?

A: It is a single-chain polypeptide hormone produced naturally in the body by the pituitary gland, which sits deep within the brain. We all produce it–human growth hormone is crucial for both men and women.

Q: What Does It Do?

A: When HGH is released into the bloodstream it travels throughout the body. It enters your muscle cells, stimulating lean muscle growth. It passes into your fat cells and can actually cause them to shrink. It’s also been associated with quicker recovery, more energy, increased sex drive, and deeper, more restorative sleep.

Q: When Do Our Bodies Produce HGH?

A: Our bodies can produce human growth hormone at any time, but production doesn’t stay at constant levels throughout the day. Typically, it peaks while we sleep, with our highest levels being produced when we’re in the deepest stages of sleep (usually about an hour after we nod off).

Q: Why the Focus on Increasing Our HGH Levels?

A: It’s true that our bodies manufacture human growth hormone naturally, but our levels begin to decline rapidly as we age. They peak in our 20s, and it’s a downhill slide after that. Some experts believe this decline in production plays a role in many of the signs of aging we experience, like a reduction in muscle mass, poor sleep, and a drop in energy. Because of this possible association, many people actively work to get those HGH levels up.

Q: How Are Synthetic HGH Injections Used?

A: These are used for medically low human growth hormone levels. This is most often used for children who suffer from HGH deficiency, although some adults are also prescribed injections for medical use. While it’s true that some people use synthetic injections for “off-label” use (think celebrities and athletes), this practice is not only expensive, but is extremely controversial. Some experts fear that introducing the synthetic form into the body may upset the natural production of HGH.

Q: How Can I Boost My Levels?

A: As with everything related to our health, nutrition plays a big role. Eating too much sugar, especially right before bed, can interfere with the body’s ability to produce HGH. Sugar causes our insulin levels to spike, and insulin plays a role in suppressing HGH production. Keeping your insulin levels under control with nutritious food choices makes your body better able to produce HGH normally.

Q: What Else Affects My HGH Levels?

A: Having too much body fat can also decrease human growth hormone production, so working to keep your body fat at a healthy percentage might also help. And, of course, getting enough shuteye every night gives your body a chance to produce those peak levels while you sleep. Stick to the same bedtime schedule as much as you can to help optimize the time your body spends in deep sleep. Exercise–especially high-intensity workouts–can also help boost your HGH levels.

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Q: Can I Boost My HGH Levels Naturally? 

A: If you’re serious about increasing those naturally declining HGH levels, check out GF-9. Rather than introducing a synthetic hormone into the body, GF-9 is a highly specialized, hormone-free blend of amino acids that works by nourishing the pituitary gland, allowing it to produce more youthful levels of HGH. It is backed by 4 clinical trials and shown to be a safe and effective way to significantly boost HGH. It can help bring your HGH levels closer to what you may have experienced in your 20s and 30s.*

Q: How Long Does It Take for GF-9 to Work?

A: Everybody is different, so results vary. Many of our customers notice improvements in a few weeks, but tell us they see their biggest changes start around the 3-month mark. Stay consistent and give it time to work.