Hormones can be divided into juvenile hormones – somatotropin, testosterone and hormones associated with the aging process – cortisol, insulin. But the same hormone can play a different role depending on whether it is in the male or female body, as well as how much is present. But summarizing it in simple terms, we will try to increase the number of the former and decrease the latter.
The “youngest” of them all is somatotropin, also called human growth hormone (GH).
It is a peptide hormone that stimulates the growth of almost all body tissues, including bones, burns fat, regulates the amount of water in the body, and slows down the aging process.
GH is synthesized and secreted by cells of the anterior pituitary gland called somatotrophs, which secrete one to two milligrams of the hormone each day.
GH is vital for normal physical growth in children. The level in the body gradually increases during childhood and peaks during puberty.
From a biochemical perspective, GH stimulates protein synthesis and increases fat breakdown, providing the energy needed for tissue growth. It also opposes the action of insulin.
The release of GH from the pituitary gland occurs in sudden jumps. Levels increase after exercise, injury, and sleep. Under normal circumstances, more growth hormone is produced at night than during the day. It is particularly well marked after 10 o’clock at night, in a dream. Therefore, the first rule to preserve youth is to go to bed early. Depending on your lifestyle, growth hormone will actively decrease or remain at a fairly high level.
Human Growth Hormone Benefits
As we said before, it helps build muscle and burn fat. And still look young and feel full of energy. Promotes protein formation, increases basal metabolism, regulates the amount of water in the body, slows down the aging process and strengthens bones. It fights atherosclerosis by lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol. It improves cognitive functions, affects the increase in the number of connections between neurons in the brain, making a person feel calmer and more productive, calms the nervous system.
When these features stop, the exact opposite happens, and here we have the classic age-related changes.
Medications and Hormonal Therapy
In addition to diet, you may need to take certain orthomolecular medications to maintain growth hormone production. Glutamine, ornithine, GABA, and glycine stimulate the pituitary gland to secrete reserve GH. And taking arginine and melatonin at night will help normalize sleep. But remember that orthomolecular medicine preparations must be prescribed by a qualified specialist to determine the correct dosage and timely adjustment of the diet. For example, the same arginine cannot be taken in too high doses for a long time.
Let’s talk about side effects. Using GH for rejuvenation is effective, but it can also be dangerous. GH stimulates cell growth and division. Which can then activate the division of cancer cells in the body. Therefore, you must fully monitor the body, especially because of the risk of cancer.
Other side effects include diabetes mellitus, fluid retention in the body, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.