Thursday, September 24, 2009

Human Growth Hormone Supplements - The Facts

By Bethany Jordin

HGH supplements are one of the latest craze today in the
field of health and supplementation. With all the talk about
HGH supplements, let us discuss the facts and separate them
from the fiction that's been going around about HGH products
in the market.

There are of course literally hundreds of websites marketing
and selling HGH supplements. It is a huge niche market. As
you would expect, every company claims to have the best
product that out-performs all of the others. But is it true?

So how to sort out the jokers from the good guys; the good
product from the bad; those that really do work, from those
that really don't? There are some crooks out there who will
sell you a harmless but ineffective placebo because they
make more profit that way. But how can you recognize and
avoid them? One way of spotting the rogues is by the
exaggerated claims that they make about their product. So
let's have a look at a few of these wild claims and see if
any of them hold any water.

Claim: That HGH supplements add up to 8.8% of genuine extra
muscle tone, and that you will also lose 14.4% of your body
without having to do any physical exercise or having to
go on a calorie controlled diet. Our response: The figures
used in this claim are taken from research done by Dr Rudman
in 1990. Whilst the figures themselves are true, his
methodology was to use injections of HGH. The supplemental
product making this claim is in capsule format. Capsules
deliver a significantly smaller dose of HGH than do
injections, and therefore any comparison is invalid.
Capsules can, and do work, but it is over a longer duration,
by slow build up.

Claim: Our pill/powder/spray contains the real human growth
hormone. Fact: First, know that HGH is a prescription drug.
If you put real HGH in significant amounts, it will no
longer be considered a supplement, but a drug. A drug can
only be sold with prescription, so technically it is illegal
to market them without it. Most websites market HGH
supplements that either contain homeopathic amounts of HGH -
meaning really minute amounts (up to 2 micrograms), or HGH
boosters/releasers which contain ingredients that stimulate
the natural production of HGH in the brain.

Claim: The FDA approves the HGH used in their product. Our
response: This is incorrect. The FDA does not get involved
in any way, shape, or form, with the health food supplement
industry, of which HGH supplements are a part. This lack of
regulation is one of the reasons that there are so many
different supplemental products on the market, but in truth,
none of them can be FDA approved. If they say they are, they

So are there supplements worth taking? Although this article
outlines some of the points to be careful about when buying
HGH supplements, it does not deny the fact that many HGH
products sold by reliable websites are actually effective.
It is only a matter of choosing the right website to trust,
and staying away from sellers who make false claims just to
make a sale.

HGH supplements are worth taking if you choose the right
brand and company to buy from. As with all supplements it is
advisable to consult your professional health care provider
before adding HGH supplements to your lifestyle.

Bethany Jordin is an Information Technology professional and
aspiring writer who focuses on topics relating to herbal
supplementation. For more on the benefits and safety of
supplements visit (

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