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There has been a huge amount of interest in the use of human growth hormone (HGH) supplements in the bodybuilding world recently. Lots of people have now turned to it in order to bulk up incredibly in very short time.
So what it is all about and what are the full benefits of HGH?
The Basics of HGH
The first thing you need to know is that HGH is a naturally occurring hormone, produced by the body's anterior pituitary gland.
It helps build new muscles and convert fat to energy. HGH can also give you stronger bones, increase your libido and help your sleeping patterns too.
Your body produces more of this vital hormone when you are younger, peaking around the age of puberty before declining as you age. A healthy man in his twenties will typically have 500 micrograms of HGH in his bloodstream, although it is only active for a short time before being converted into growth factors such as IGF-1.
After hitting the age of 30 the levels found in your body go down by about a quarter every decade. Intriguingly, if the naturally produced level of this hormone didn't drop off over time it is likely that we would all be naturally taller and stronger as a result.
It has been suggested that many people also use it to fight the ageing process, with a number of top celebrities rumoured to use it regularly.
Growth hormone treatment was also used by a young Lionel Messi to help overcome a natural growth hormone deficiency that was stunting his growth. This kind of treatment is one of the situations in which HGH is typically prescribed by doctors, although some people claim that it has given Messi an unfair advantage.
The Bodybuilding Benefits of HGH
HGH is basically all about cell growth and regeneration. This means that it does a fantastic job in helping us to build muscle quickly. It has also been shown to cut fat levels and massively boost energy levels too.
All in all, it gives you a sense of well-being and of feeling fitter, younger and stronger than before.
You could look at it as being a helping hand for you to reach your peak or to roll back the years.
These are all important benefits that have been subject to a lot of study and close scrutiny in recent years. Having said that, it is worth pointing out that studies into HGH are still very much ongoing and that important new facts are still being discovered now and then.
Perhaps the biggest endorsement of HGH you will find is from other gym users.
Ask a few of the biggest guys you see in there what their secret is and there is a very good chance that this is it. It is currently used as a bodybuilding supplement by gym-goers all over the world and many of them are keen to explain to newcomers what the benefits are and how good they feel.
The History of Synthetic HGH Production
Work on obtaining HGH for supplementary use began way back in the 1950s, although it wasn't until 1980s that it was made available as a synthesised product.
HGH as an anabolic agent has been banned by the IOC and NCAA, although it is only fairly recently that testing technology has allowed accurate testing of sports people for the artificial addition of it.
Usage and control of HGH varies around the world. For example, in the US it can only be obtained using a prescription from a doctor. In the UK it is categorised as a Class C drug, meaning that it is illegal to supply without a prescription but isn't illegal to possess for personal use.
The Reported Dangers of HGH
You may have read at some point about the potential dangers of HGH use. These are said to include such scary sounding side effects as cancer, enlarged organs or bigger bones.
Other problems that usage can cause include increased sweating, high blood pressure and even diabetes. However, the current view of many medical experts is that the possible dangers have been exaggerated in the past. Certainly, low doses are now regarded as being pretty much harmless by many sources.
Clearly, the use of HGH is great news for anyone who wants to carry on adding muscle mass to their body and doesn't want to lose energy and bulk over the years, as well as for the other benefits we have looked at.
If you want to boost your body, your energy levels and your sex drive then this is likely to be one of the first options you consider.
There is no doubt that the numerous benefits of HGH will help you achieve the muscle mass and strength you are looking for a lot quicker than would otherwise be the case. However, make sure that you feel completely comfortable about the potential dangers that have been talked about before you go ahead.