WHAT IS GROWTH HORMONE?
Human growth hormone (HGH) is the hypothalamic hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland. Alternative name of the HGH is somatropin. It plays an important role in metabolism, increasing the mass, reducing the amount of body fat and doing a lot of everything else.
Growth hormone stimulates liver cells to release polypeptide ferments known as somatomedins. At the moment, the most studied HGH is insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). HGH and IGF-1 affect all body systems, that include but not limited by:
- Promote muscle development,
- Connect tissues, increase linear growth and restore the body,
- Make the structure of the skeleton stronger,
- Regulate various functions related to the metabolism,
- Contribute to normalization on cognitive functions,
- Promotes the health of the heart.
The secretion of human growth hormone slows down with age. It stabilizes in youth and after 18-25 years the hGH secretion levels by the pituitary gland decreases by 50% every 7 years. The level of IGF-1 decreases gradually in the same time. This leads to a number of unpleasant symptoms, usually linked with aging processes.
- Accumulation of fat,
- Decrease in muscle mass,
- Disturbance of cognitive functions (memory, alertness),
- Decrease in strength and stamina,
- Increased bone fragility,
- Sleep disorders.
HGH AND BODYBUILDING
HGH used in bodybuilding is a recombinant polypeptide bioregulator, which has a powerful anabolic effect. HGH promotes the activation of the division of the satellite cells “conserved” under the membrane of muscle fibers, thereby enhancing the relief of the musculature. Today, there are 4 areas of application of Somatropin in sports practice:
- Protection of muscle tissue (assistance to age-related athletes);
- Treatment of injured joints and tendons;
- Reduction of body fat;
- Increase in muscle mass.
In the first two cases, the HGH can be used as a monotherapy drug (i.e. it will be effective on its own). By the way, there are indisputable proofs of the influence of human growth hormone on the muscle mass when used in elderly (who have reached the age of 65). The latter two, reduction of body fat (cutting) and increase in muscle mass (bulking) will require additional components during the cycle of HGH, to increase the effectiveness of the components.
HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE CYCLES
Human growth hormone for weight gain is recommended to be combined with anabolic steroids, which help to increase muscle mass by burning subcutaneous fat and simultaneously increasing muscle growth. Such cycle, due to the synergism of drugs from different groups, has a pronounced effect. At the same time, it is relatively safe for health (without exceeding the recommended dosages).
Most often, to increase the effect of the Growth Hormone during bulking, athletes use Boldenon, Testosterone enanthate or Sustanon, in accordance with the recommended dosages. As an alternative, it is recommended to use HGH after a cycle of anabolic steroids, during post-cycle therapy.
Post-course therapy (PCT), aims at restore the natural hormonal background and save the gained muscular mass.