HGH (Growth Hormone)
The A-lister stuff. The red carpet PED. The fountain of youth. And the biggest burden for your budget among all the compounds on the market. Unless you use it right.
Things to Know About Human Growth Hormone
- Class: Growth Hormone
- Structure: Non-steroidal
- Aromatization: No
- How to take: Injectable
- Primary use: Flexible (bulking and cutting. anti-aging)
- Compounds in the family: 1 (HGH)
HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, is an essential anabolic hormone found in the human body. Your pituitary gland, located in the brain, cranks this stuff out to boost muscle growth, bone, and cartilage. Especially during your younger years, your body is pumping out HGH, and it has some pretty stellar effects on the body.
HGH isn’t just a one-trick pony. It’s increasing your muscle mass, speeding up your recovery from injuries, trimming down your body fat, and beefing up your bone density.
And that’s not all – it’s also giving your immune system a boost, revving up your sex drive, and ramping up your endurance.
When HGH hits your bloodstream, it doesn’t waste any time. It gets to work and is converted in the liver into growth factors, like IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor-1.
And because HGH stacks so well with other compounds (and acts in a whole different plain), a lot of athletes mix it with anabolic steroids, which improves the effects of the steroids and leads to some jaw-dropping results.
HGH Action Points
So, if you’re keeping score, here are the benefits you could see from HGH:
- Bigger muscles;
- Quicker recovery from injuries;
- Less body fat;
- Denser bones;
- A stronger immune system;
- A higher sex drive;
- More endurance.
The only downside is that it’s expensive, definitely more expensive than other PEDs. But given that you get all the benefits above practically with no side effects, it’s worth the ride.
Development & History: Know Your PEDs
Human Growth Hormone, as we know, is a naturally occurring hormone in our bodies. But the HGH we’re talking about, the synthetic kind, that’s a different story.
The credit for bringing recombinant synthetic HGH goes to Genentech, a biotechnology company. These guys were the pioneers in 1981. The initial goal was to help patients with muscle wasting diseases and growth issues.
Before that, the only way to get HGH was extracting it from human cadaver pituitary glands, which, let’s face it, was pretty gross and had some serious risks. So, when Genentech came along with their lab-made version, it was a game-changer.
Since its introduction, the uses of HGH have evolved. It’s not just for treating growth disorders anymore. Athletes and bodybuilders started using it a lot. And let’s not forget the “I want to look young again” kind of rich people, who started using HGH in hopes of turning back the clock.
Nowadays, HGH is most widely used for anti-aging purposes. The price, insanely high back in the days, has significantly dropped, and now it’s accessible for all kinds of people (still pricey but not THAT pricey though).
Athletes that want to get massive without the hassle of countering hormonal side effects that come from AAS are probably the only group that uses HGH more than elderly “anti-aging clinic” patients.