Human growth hormone stimulates growth and cell reproduction in humans and other vertebrate animals. hGH, a polypeptide hormone is synthesized and secreted by the anterior lobe of pituitary gland. In the liver, hGH converts into insulin, which acts as a growth factor-1 and promotes growth. Secretion of human growth hormone is highest during puberty and it decreases during adulthood, so it can be said that its production is related to ageing.
How HCG Works?
In women, this hormone is normally produced during pregnancy and helps in providing the nutrients to foetus by mobilizing the mothers stored fat. These nutrients help the foetus in the growth and development.
Few years ago, Dr. Simeons discovered that small doses of HCG in combination with very low calorie diet results in significant weight loss. HCG also restricts people from consuming more calories because it helps in suppressing the appetite.
Along with the appetite suppression, it also acts on the hypothalamus in the brain and gives the signal to the body to release stored fat in the bloodstream, where it becomes available to be used by the cells for nourishment. It releases the abnormal fat from the body without affecting the structural fat and muscle tissues.
History of HCG:
In 1930, Dr. Choh Hao Li first attempted to isolate HCG hormone and in 1971, he successfully synthesized HCG from the pituitary glands of human cadaver. In his entire career, he isolated 6 out of 8 hormones of pituitary gland. For this work, he was awarded many times.
Synthetic version of HCG was released in 1985, which works similar to bodys natural growth hormone. The drug is generally used to treat stunted growth in children and AIDS.
In the US, there are many types of synthetic growth hormones available such as Nutropin (Genentech), Genotropin (Pfizer), Norditropin (Novo), Humatrope (Lilly), Saizen (Serono), and Tev-Tropin (Teva). They all are almost similar in composition and cost, but the only difference is in the formulation and delivery methods.
HCG as performance enhancer:
Athletes are normally more attracted towards HCG as it helps in recovering and prevention of injury. Human growth hormone stimulates the synthesis of collagen, which is an important component for strengthening of cartilage, tendons, bones and ligaments.
HCG in combination with anabolic steroids is especially useful and potent. This hormone also helps in the formation of stronger connective tissues that developed with HCG. The uses of HCG are not limited to injuries, but it also increases the number of red blood cells, enhances the functioning of heart and makes more energy available by stimulating the breakdown of fat. Users also notice improvement in eyesight, sex and sleep.
Supplements of HCG:
These days, there are various supplements and products available in the market that contains high HCG. If a person starts taking the recommended dose of these supplements, he would be able to feel a great amount of change in their health.
HCG injections are becoming popular as supplements and can help children, who do not produce enough growth hormone. HCG supplements are also available in various other forms such as pills, capsules, patches and powders, which can be taken in the recommended doses.