HGH History in Bodybuilding and Stunning Effects

Growth hormone (GH, somatotropic hormone, STH, HGH, somatotropin, somatropin) is a peptide hormone of the anterior pituitary applied in sports for obtaining muscle definition. Growth hormone or somatotropin (from Latin soma – body) has got its name due to its ability to stimulate linear (lengthways) growth acceleration in young people, mainly through the growth of long bones.

Basic level (the norm) of growth hormone in the blood equals to 1-5ng/ml, while at peak moments it may increase up to 10-20 or even 45ng/ml.

In short — HGH is what makes you grow. All the time, 100% naturally, since childhood. And if you want more growth — more than your natural level allows you — you can go for injectable HGH or turn to compounds that help your body produce it in increased quantities. 

HGH Effects

HGH is one of the most expensive, yet effective bodybuilding drugs. It's extremely pricey (if we're talking about high quality HGH), but totally worth it. Just look at the effects:

  • Anabolic effect – causes muscle growth;
  • Anti-catabolic effect – prevents muscle breakdown;
  • Reduces body fat;
  • Regulates energy use;
  • Accelerates wound healing;
  • Rejuvenating effect;
  • Promotes regeneration of internal organs (atrophied with age);
  • Stimulates bone growth and increases height in young people under the age of 26 (until the growth plate closes) and strengthens bones;
  • Increases blood glucose level;
  • Strengthens the immune system.

Some effects are caused directly by the drug, but a considerable part of them is mediated by insulin-like growth factor IGF-1 (previously called somatomedin C), which is produced in the liver under the influence of somatotropin and stimulates the growth of most internal organs. Almost all of the effects of growth hormone in sports are caused by IGF-1.

Age-related HGH Level Changes

Growth hormone secretion is being steadily reduced with age. It is minimal in the elderly, who have lower secretion level, as well as lower frequency and amplitude of secretion peaks. Basic level of somatotropin reaches its maximum in the early childhood. Secretion peak amplitude is maximal in adolescents during intensive linear growth and sexual maturation.

Daily Secretion Rhythms

The secretion of somatotropin, as well as of many other hormones, occurs periodically and has several peaks daily (usually, secretion peak occurs every 3-5 hours). The highest peak is observed at night, in about an hour after falling asleep.

Growth Hormone History

Initially, HGH was used for medical purposes, but almost simultaneously this hormone became widespread in sports due to its bulking-up and fat-burning properties. In fact, the first growth hormone drugs were pituitary extracts from deceased people, and only in 1981 a recombinant somatotropin drug was produced.

In 1989, somatotropin was banned by the Olympic Committee. Despite the fact that the use of growth hormone in sports is banned, the amount of drug sold has increased by several times during the last decade. Growth hormone is mostly applied in sports, especially in bodybuilding, where it is combined with other anabolic drugs.

Lean Muscle Mass on HGH

The main reason for HGH high popularity in sports is its fat-burning properties. Besides, studies have shown that somatotropin promotes lean muscle mass and connective tissue gain as well as increases muscle cell volume due to water retention.

Another positive effect of somatotropin lies in a lower risk of injuries, as it strengthens both bone and connective (tendons, cartilages) tissues. Growth hormone accelerates post-injury healing and tissue repair.

It should be noted that there is no sense to resort to growth hormones in powerlifting, as it was experimentally proven that it has no power-boosting property. Somatotropin contributes to neither stamina nor performance, and, even on the contrary, one gets tired faster and recovers slower. That’s why growth hormones are useless for athletes in the sports where these factors are important.

HGH Growth Hormone guide

Why You Need to Check Your health Before Buying HGH

The problem with HGH is that it makes every single tilssue in your body grow. Sure, you can live with some extra belly size (just look at the PROs of the last decade (1). But can you live with an undiagnosed cancer tumor growing just as fast? Or other neoplasms? Or maybe with an increased heart size that raises the risk of cardiovascular issues?

Health check is vital before starting an HGH cycle — you should be healthy enough to start it, otherwise it's just dangerous.

HGH Side Effects

it should be said that HGH in general has minor side effects. The full list includes:

  • Tunnel syndrome;
  • Hyperglycemia;
  • Suppression of thyroid function;
  • Water retention;
  • Increased blood pressure.

Let's be honest here: tunnel syndrome can't compare to a complete erectyle disfunction that Deca can cause, or a full-sclae Testosterone shutdown that you can get from Trenbolone or Dianabol.

HGH is just as safe as it gets in the performance enhancement world. All the risks are moved to the period before the cycle when you absolutely need to do a check-up.

How to Get HGH Cheaper?

The main regulators of growth hormone secretion are hypothalamic peptide hormones (somatostatin and somatoliberin), which are released by hypothalamic neurosecretory cells into pituitary portal veins and directly influence somatotrops.

However, the balance of these hormones and somatotropin secretion are affected by many physiological factors. Scientists have proven that growth hormone secretion level can be increased by 3-5 times without hormonal drugs.

Other HGH Secretion Stimulators:

Peptides are the most powerful growth hormone stimulators which increase the concentration by 7-15 times, while the cost of the equivalent course is several times lower:

  • GHRP-2
  • GHRP-6
  • GRF (1-29)
  • CJC-1295
  • Ipamorelin
  • HGH Frag;
  • Enough sleep

All these compounds can help you get the benefits of an HGH cycle without the cost of an HGH cycle. 

Natural HGH Growth Promoters

Want it to be even cheaper? There's a workaround for those who dont want to pay at all: just maintain a lifestyle that will boost your HGH to its natural peak. These are the aspects you need to keep in mind:

  • Physical exercises (in this case aerobic training is almost twice more effective than weight training);
  • GABA;
  • High protein consumption;
  • Lots of arginine amino acid;
  • Lots of glutamine amino acid.

Still, the fastest — and most reliable — option is injectable HGH. Growth hormone can be applied reviews in order to improve muscle definition with high effectiveness, low frequency of injections and virtually no side effects (2). The drug does not affect erections in any negative way, causes no androgenic effects, does not require PCT, after a one-month cycle the total mass increases slightly (8-10lbs), and in some cases — stays the same due to considerable fat loss. 

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  1. Human Growth Hormone Abuse in Male Weightlifters — https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3104052/
  2. High Dose Growth Hormone Exerts an Anabolic Effect at Rest and during Exercise in Endurance-Trained Athletes — https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/88/11/5221/2656440