Human growth hormone (HGH) is a protein made in the pituitary gland. HGH is not only responsible for growth. It also plays an important role throughout an adult’s life by helping to regulate metabolism—the body’s ability to turn food into energy. Many bodybuilders use HGH once they have hit a wall in their development with steroid use alone.
HGH the next level?
HGH is the next level for more experienced users of anabolic steroids. If you want to take your body to the next level, HGH may be the next step. HGH has clearly been shown to increase muscle mass and to enhance fat loss while improving recovery and even helping with injury repair, especially cartilage. It’s almost as if HGH restores ones youth. This is exactly what the anti-aging industry believes HGH does. In their writings it’s common to see them promote HGH as the fountain of youth. Typically the goal is to replace hormone levels so replacement doses are commonly prescribed for anti-aging purposes. This usually falls in the range of 1-3iu HGH daily. Male patients are usually screened to see if other hormones need to be replaced such as Testosterone. Up to 200mg of Testosterone weekly may be administered.
The fountain of youth for the aging
The following claims are made about HGH and have been consistently reported by users for anti-aging purposes.
- Lowers fat stores and increases lean muscle mass
- Invigorates skin tone and suppleness
- Augments bone density to avoid osteoporosis
- Boosts brain power and increases memory retention
- Heightens the drive and interest to have sex
- Enhances the well-being and health of the whole body, both physically and mentally
- Assists in having a restful sleep
- Perks up the mind and reduces fatigue and depression
Obviously the anti-aging claims of HGH are desirable but what about the gym rat or high level competitor who wants to utilize this growth promoting hormone? For anti-aging purposes, doses as low as 2iu daily will work but if losing body fat and packing on muscle are your goals then the lower HGH doses are just not enough.
It is my opinion that maximal fat burning HGH doses start somewhere around 4-6iu daily in men. For maximal fat burning and adding maximal muscle mass that range appears to be around 8-12iu HGH daily. No matter if your goal is anti-aging, fat lose or maximum fat lose and increased muscle mass, I recommend at least 5 months of HGH administration. HGH is a long term commitment and there is a lesser benefit to using HGH for shorter durations. This can be quite expensive so many users will skip days during the week. For example, the 5 on 2 off protocol is commonly used to get the desired effects but at the same time reduce cost. Essentially the user administers a daily dose Mon-Fri and then dose not administer a dose on the weekends. Another popular protocol is only using HGH every other day. The EOD method has some scientific support so it would be my first recommendation for HGH users who want to reduce cost.
What are the possible side effects of HGH?
You may experience discomfort, soreness, or redness where HGH is injected.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- Ongoing injection site discomfort
- Curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
- Joint pain
- Puffy hands and/or feet (caused by fluid retention)
- Changes in vision, a bad headache, or nausea with or without vomiting
- Hip or knee pain
- A need to limp when you walk
- Pain in wrist (carpal tunnel)
- Allergic reaction
Many users report a synergy when using HGH and anabolic steroids together. It is commonly reported that the fat burning effects and gains in LBM are much more profound with HGH and Testosterone. Therefore in order to maximize the benefits of HGH I would not use it alone and highly recommend stacking HGH with anabolic steroids. Testosterone has been proven to reduce body fat and increase LBM in a dose dependent relationship up to 600mg weekly. Therefore I recommend that experienced male users seeking performance enhancement administer at least 600mg of Testosterone weekly stacked with 5iu HGH daily for a duration of 5 months. This stack will illicit significant increases in lean body mass and a significant reduction in body fat if nutrition, training and recovery are properly in place.