I have done some research on HGH and hope that the following explanations will be helpful to you guys.But these are not authoritative statements, just a reference.
What Is HGH Human Growth Hormone?
When we see a time lapse camera or computer program quickly running through the life of a human being, watching him “grow up” from an infant to a child to an adult to an old man in a matter of minutes, it seems wondrous. However, the real wonder is not the artificial process, but rather what is going on inside the body, as an element called human growth hormone helps the individual grow. In the simplest terms, human growth hormone, usually abbreviated as HGH, is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, which is a pea-sized organ located at the base of the brain. HGH helps our bodies develop when we are children, and is also a key part of the process that keeps our organs and tissues healthy as we mature into adulthood.
Human growth hormone is a peptide hormone – in fact, to be even more precise, it is a polypeptide. Although this sounds complicated, it simply means that HGH consists of a chain of one hundred and ninety-one amino acids, which are elements most commonly used by the body to generate proteins from the foods that we eat. HGH is produced and released by the somatotrophic cells in the anterior pituitary gland, a lobe of the brain that regulates processes such as lactation, reproduction, stress, and, most importantly for the purposes of growth. The hormones created by the anterior pituitary gland act on organs such as the heart and the liver, proving their important role in the workings of the body by how they affect these crucial elements.
As a peptide hormone, HGH is released into the bloodstream at three to five hour intervals, until eventually it binds itself to cells through receptors on their surfaces. During the peak times when HGH is secreted, it can be found in our blood in a concentration up to nine times stronger than at other intervals – although the usual peak level is most often between ten and twenty ng/mL, while the base level is less than five ng/mL. The amount of HGH released is usually highest about an hour after we fall asleep each night, and nearly half of our usual amount of HGH secretion takes place while we are in third and fourth stage REM sleep. However, our gender, diet, age, and amount of exercise and stress all play a part in affecting how much HGH is released in our bodies.
What Does HGH Do for Us?
HGH’s major function in the body is to stimulate growth from the time when we are children until we reach adulthood. However, it does not affect our muscles; instead, by activating certain cell receptors, the hormone causes the chondrocyte cells of our cartilage to divide and multiply. In addition to promoting growth, HGH helps boost the immune system, increases protein synthesis in our bodies, helps us retain more calcium, which can lead to stronger and healthier bones, helps our pancreatic islets – the sections of the human pancreas where endocrine cells are stored – function, keeps our organs and various systems working and growing through homeostasis, increases our muscle mass, breaks down lipids to reduce fat, and stimulates our liver to produce more glucose, which can keep blood sugar levels from dropping too drastically. The benefits of HGH on the human body are many, but it can be a complicated process to keep the production and release of HGH at a healthy level.
So, first of all, why is Growth Hormone such an attractive drug to bodybuilders?
"HGH (and the IGF-1 that is a result of its use) is the only substance that can actually initiate hyperplasia. While the use of anabolic steroids can cause hypertrophy (the enlargement of existing muscle cells), steroids do not offer the ability to recruit and mature more muscle cells. HGH can. HGH also increases protein synthesis, which can be responsible for hypertrophy.
"You also have to understand that normally, after puberty, the body stops growing new muscle cells. The number of muscle cells is genetically fixed for the rest of the life span, and the most that can happen is to increase the size of these cells through weight training or steroids. However, by using HGH the body can actually grow new muscle cells. This allows the body to reverse genetic dispositions and achieve a desired muscle density."
How long does it take for results to kick in?
"It should be noted that for the vast majority of HGH users, results are not rapid and visible in nature. If your idea of using HGH is to get ripped in a few weeks , gaining 20lbs of muscle in a matter of a month or two, or being miraculously healed in a matter of a few injections...you are likely to be in for a BIG disappointment. HGH does some pretty incredible things, but it HAS to be viewed as a long term endeavor. A reasonable length HGH cycle would be 20-30 weeks in length. While you will always be able to find one or two individuals who will make great strides in a short amount of time, the majority need to be dedicated to its use for the long haul for it to be a worthy venture."