What has human growth hormone got to do with ageing?
-Oct 15, Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, Health -
Human growth hormone sounds vaguely sinister but the real issue to worry about is your HGH levels declining with age. It’s the body’s master hormone and if it’s out of sync then it plays havoc with the other hormones, resulting in lack of sleep, exhaustion, poor skin, weak immunity and more. Here’s a closer look at the science behind it.
Why is human growth hormone so important for healthy ageing?
Repair and regeneration is essential to maintaining youthful health, healthy ageing and appearance. In youth, a healthy surge of human growth hormone (HGH) released while we sleep addresses the repair, renewal and regeneration needs of the body’s tissues. However, as we age, falling levels of HGH correspond with a loss of youthfulness and vitality and result in extra body fat, reduced muscle tissue, slow healing, lack of elasticity in the skin and reduced immune function.
But can’t we get higher HGH levels from HRT?
Many people have advocated the benefits of hormone-replacement therapies. However, the use of substances such as GH (Growth Hormone), DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and Pregnenolone does nothing to actually improve the body’s own natural hormonal production, but instead actually results in lower natural hormonal levels leading to the need for higher supplementation.
How to boost the body’s levels of HGH naturally?
What the body actually needs to sustain youthful levels of HGH is a unique amino-acid combination that promotes HGH release from the pituitary gland by providing the building blocks for hormone synthesis and by removing an impediment to HGH release, somatostatin, that increases with age.
This combination is l-arginine, l-lysine and l-glutamine. These three amino acids taken before sleep help restore youthful levels of HGH release to give tangible benefits, including healthy, more youthful skin; healthy lean muscle; greater strength and endurance; a stronger, more responsive immune system; stronger energy levels, especially in the morning upon waking up; and improved mental clarity and alertness.