HGH and MMA: Is it worth the risk?

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We all know the benefits of human growth hormone: burning fat, getting muscle fast, increased energy and a revived sex drive to boot! But is attempting to return body to the state is was when you were twenty a good idea for mixed martial arts training? Let’s take a look at some of the common concerns regarding HGH and how they square up for MMA.

HOW DOES HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE WORK AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Despite the fact that your body naturally produces growth hormone (GH), athletes have put extra levels of HGH in their system to boost with cell regeneration and growth to see greater benefits from training. But did you know that GH, in addition to adding to muslce mass and increasing bone density, is directly related to the health of of your brain and vital organs? how GHG works

Similar to insulin, HG is released into your bloodstream and stays active for only a short while. The pituitary gland releases HG allowing the liver to secrete  something called insulin-like growth factor-1 (or IGF-1) which has an effect similar to anabolic steroids and is a crucial growth factor. Originally taken from corpses in a lab, scientists learned that they could synthesize HGH and sell it on the market as a performance enhancing supplement.

DOES HGH BENEFIT MMA FIGHTERS?

While strength and speed aren’t everything in combat sports, all technique being equal, the difference in one opponents ability to explode with a strike or scramble harder and faster can finish a fight in a matter of seconds.

In addition to a well rounded training regimen, strength and speed training are highly beneficial to all combat sports. There is currently no evidence to suggest that HGH when prescribed by a physician or produced naturally (see below) could impair a fighter’s condition. However, many leagues and organizations have banned the usage HGH (much like TRT). It’s always best to check with your promotion what therapies and enhancements are legal.

SO I ALREADY HAVE GROWTH HORMONE IN MY SYSTEM?

Everyone has GH in their system although we peak out at around 20. Although men usually have more than women, pregnant women can have twice the amount of GH of an average male. On average, 1 milliliter of adult male blood contains 5 nanograms of GH. So, adding to this amount is a very sensitive process as the actual amount of GH in the human body is quite small.

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Some adults even display a deficiency in GH. Doctors can run a basic blood test to measure the amount of GH in a person but will only do so upon request. Before considering whether or not to tweak your level of GH, it is advisable to check your pre-existing GH levels. 

WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH USING HGH?

Just as with most trends in the fitness world, HGH has gotten a very bad wrap upon being picked up by the mainstream media. Media reports slammed Mark McGuire when it came to light as he was using creatine. This sensationalism might have sold newspapers, but there were no concrete studies at the time that linked reasonable Creatine usage to any legitimate health risks.

When used responsibly, the risks of undesired side effects from HGH usage are incredibly low. The mainstream media have helped make HGH usage synonymous with swollen, huge feet and irreversible vital organ damage. But despite the hype-train, there is no base of evidence to support these concerns.

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In short, when taking under the supervision of a medical professional, HGH can be taken safely and with a very low risk of adverse side effects.  A small percentage of athletes have experience blood sugar spikes or fluid retention, but only as a result of using far beyond the amount prescribed by their physicians.

HGH ISN’T JUST FOR MUSCLE MASS, IT SLOWS DOWN AGEING

Much like TRT (or testosterone replacement therapy), an increase in GH can lead to a more virile sex drive, improved emotional states and fill the patient with an overall increased level of energy. Conversely, lowered levels of GH in a person can result in decreased energy, poor sex drive, worsened emotional state and a higher likelihood of hernias.

In addition to increased muscle mass and emotional well-being, HGH allows your vital organ tissue to recover and regenerate much faster. This slows down the ageing process by allowing your organs to better withstand the test of time.

(With your hightened sex-drive, you might want to remember to protect your baby maker!)

IS HGH AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET?

Legally, HGH can be obtained only via prescription, usually to those who have been found to have low GH levels. Many anti-ageing clinics specialize in helping patients obtain prescriptions for HGH. However, HGH is not directly beneficial for everyone.

Some patients do not respond to HGH therapy as they lack a sensitivity to HGH. In this case, doctors will prescribe IGF-1 as a replacement to achieve the same results.

It is important to keep in mind that while HGH is available on the streets (illegally, of course), the exact contents, origin and potency of the drug could make illegal usage of HGH highly dangerous. We do NOT advise or condone seeking out HGH without the guidance of a medical professional.

ARE THERE ANY NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST HGH?

Sleep, diet and exercise are all directly related to how much GH is secreted into your system. Sleep is a time of intense rest and recovery. Studies have shown that at the beginning of a sleep cycle is when you release the most GH into your system. Getting a full night’s sleep is essentially to maintaining high levels of HGH.

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Exercise (specifically resistance training) is shown to release HGH and IGF-1 into your system, regardless if the person working out is an athlete or not. Additionally, an increase in body fat can result in lowered GH production. The importance of exercise in naturally maintaining HGH levels is two-fold.

Finally, eating properly is a key component to increasing HGH levels without a prescription. We already know that keeping body fat low can facilitate HGH production, but adding certain supplements to your diet can help further increase GH levels.

BUT WON’T I GET BANNED BY MY PROMOTION FOR MY HIGH HGH LEVELS?

Blood testing can distinguish between GH levels that have risen naturally (or through dietary supplementation) and ones that have been artificially increased.

While there is currently no established limit for how much GH in your system reflects usage of HGH therapies, certain markers can be analyzed by doping agencies to determine if an athlete has directly supplemented their HGH levels.

SUPPLEMENTS DETERMINED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN INCREASING HGH WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION

Naturally increasing you GH levels is the best way for an athlete to get the benefit of HGH without running the risk of getting popped for doping.

Arginine and glutamine are two amino acids that are proven to raise GH levels but ONLY when taken in the correct ratios. Trying to get this ratio right takes time and patience. If you want to avoid the hassle, we recommend this blend in capsule form. 

Additionally, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hormone therapy all benefit GH production and can be taken in tandem with getting proper sleep, nutrition and exercise.

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