|About Human Growth Hormone/HGH//Somatropin
What is HGH (Human Growth Hormone)?
What is a Hormone?
Hormones are tiny chemical messengers that help our body do different
tasks. Hormones are made up of amino acids. Hormones are produced
by the endocrine glands and then sent all over the body to stimulate
certain activities. For example, Insulin is a well known hormone that
helps our body digest food. Our growth, digestion, reproduction and
sexual functions are all triggered by hormones.
What is Human Growth Hormone?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH or hGH) is the most abundant hormone produced
by the pituitary gland (pituitary is one of the endocrine glands).
The pituitary gland is located in the center of the brain. HGH is
also a very complex hormone. It is made up of 191 amino acids -
making it fairly large for a hormone. In fact, it is the largest
protein created by the Pituitary gland.
HGH secretion reaches its peak in the body during adolescence.
This makes sense because HGH helps stimulate our body to grow. But,
HGH secretion does not stop after adolescence. Our body continue
to produce HGH usually in short bursts during deep sleep.
Growth Hormone is known to be critical for tissue repair, muscle
growth, healing, brain function, physical and mental health, bone
strength, energy and metabolism. In short, it is very important
to just about every aspect of our life!
What is Recombinant Growth Hormone (GH)?
Recombinant Growth Hormone is GH that is synthesized in the lab.
It is a biosynthetic hormone that is identical to human growth hormone,
but it is synthesized in the lab. Creating an exact replicate of
HGH was not an easy task.
First scientist needed to isolate HGH. Once they achieved this
step they could study the DNA make-up of the protein. Scientist
quickly realized making recombinant GH would be no easy task since
they had to accurately reproduce a 191 amino acid hormone.
I wish I could say it was the quest to help mankind that lead to
the invention of recombinant GH, but really it was money! Pharmaceutical
companies knew that there was big money to be made if they could
create HGH in a test tube. Scientist from the major drug companies
raced to produce the 191 amino acid hormone in a test tube. While
Genentech first claimed victory in 1985, it was a short lived success.
The recombinant GH they made was a 190 amino acid match - they were
one amino acid off from HGH. This left the door open for Eli Lilly,
who in 1986 created a 191 amino acid hormone that was an identical
match to the HGH produced by the pituitary gland. The drug is called
Humatrope and is the most widely used recombinant growth hormone
What is IGF-1?
IGF-1 stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. IGF-1 is also known
as Somatomedin-C. As important as HGH is, it does not last long
in our bloodstream. In just a few short minutes our liver absorbs
HGH and converts it into growth factors. IGF-1 is the most important
growth factor that is produced. So, IGF-1 is a hormone just like
HGH, but it is easier to measure in the body because it stays in
our bloodstream longer than HGH. You can think of HGH as the hormone
that gets the ball rolling, but IGF-1 does most of the work.
What is a Secretagogue?
A secretagogue is an agent that stimulates secretion. For
now that is all you need to know about these agents with a funny
name, but as we move on the functions of secretagogues and HGH enhancement
will become important.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an art of healing that is based on the principle of
similars. The philosophy behind this alternative medicine is the
idea that "like cures like." "Traditional medicine"
often incorporates this same belief. For example, a flu shot is
used to prevent the flu. The shot contains small amounts of the
flu virus. The idea being that likes cure likes.
It is important to note that Homeopathic remedies often use very
small amounts of drugs and supplements. You are not trying to cure
the problem with the active ingredients in the homeopathic remedy,
you are just trying to stimulate the body to cure itself.