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Human Growth Hormone (HGH / Somatropin)

Wed, Jun 23, 2010

Anti Aging, Anti Aging Products

Human Growth Hormone (HGH / Somatropin)

For the past 12 years since I’ve been interested in human growth hormone and using it for anti aging (and sometimes weight loss and body shaping) purposes, I’ve been reading all sorts of misconceptions about it. Here I will try my best to explain the facts about it.

  • positives:
    HGH does reduce body fat
    it does increase muscle mass and shape the body
    it does rejuvenate the body
    it makes your nails grow faster
    it makes your hair grow faster
    it makes your skin softer and nicer
  • negatives:
    prolonged HGH use does mess with your blood sugar (you need to eat more carbs if you get hypoglycemic episodes)
    prolonged HGH use can cause a mild carpal tunnel syndrome (which goes away when you stop taking it)
    there is mild water retention (which goes away when you stop taking it)

The difference between HGH and IGF-1 Long R3

HGH essentially does the same thing as IGF and has additional benefits. It raises the body’s natural IGF-1 levels to 300% higher so in a way it will do the same thing as if you were taking IGF-1 directly. HGH also has other anti aging, body enhancing, rejuvenating and fat burning effects which is why most people prefer it.

Furthermore, GH works on everyone, while IGF-1 doesn’t. For example, it does not work on me and I tried about 10 cycles during a few years time span. On the other hand, I have a friend (20 years of bodybuilding) who only goes for IGF and it works amazing for him. He says it’s the best substance ever.

Liquid or freeze dried Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone comes in two forms – liquid or lyophilized (freeze dried powder) form. Both forms are identical, the only difference between the two is that the liquid is not suitable for shipping because it is more sensitive to heat and shaking. It has to be refrigerated at all times. Shaking and temperatures above 8 degrees Celsius damage the HGH molecules and results in a less potent product.

When HGH is lyophilized (freeze dried) it survives shaking without problems and is good at room temperature (up to 37 degrees Celsius / 99 Fahrenheit) for over 30 days. At temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) it’s good for about a week. When you reconstitute freeze dried HGH (add water and gently dissolve it without shaking) it becomes the same as the liquid version.

HGH and temperatures

This is how lyophilized (freeze dried) GH withstands temperatures:

before reconstituted:
- if refrigerated between 2 – 8 degrees Celsius it’s good for over a year (until expiration date)
- at room temperature (up to 37 degrees celsius) it’s good for over 30 days
- at up to 45 degrees celsius it’s good for about a week

after reconstituted:
- it has to be refrigerated at all times. It’s good for 20 days

How to mix and use the Human Growth Hormone

Water:

Plain sterile water is the best diluent for HGH. The only reason why someone would use bacteriostatic or saline water is to prolong shelf life of the mixture. With sterile water the mixture stays good for 20 days. Even at 2IU per day (minimal anti aging dose) a mixed vial would be used up within 5 days, so there is plenty of time.

Just ask for plain sterile water for injection in your local pharmacy store, it should be very cheap. If you can’t get it there, see if you know anyone who works in a hospital or at a doctor’s office – they use it for washing, so they should be able to give it to you for free.

Syringes:

Get the insulin type syringe with 100 markings on the side. They are very cheap and available in every local pharmacy store. They have the smallest needles.

Mixing:

Pull 1ml of water into the syringe and inject it into the vial with powder. GH molecules are very fragile – sensitive to heat and rapid movements. You should never shake the vial when mixing. You should not inject the water directly into the powder with force, but rather let it gently slide down the inside of the vial. If it bubbles up, you should put the vial in the refrigerator and leave it there for about 15 minutes. The bubbles will be gone by then. You should then gently turn the vial between your fingers until all of the powder has dissolved (it takes about 3-4 minutes).

The vials are under vacuum, so before you can take the GH out, you need to get rid of the vacuum. You take a fresh syringe, pull air into it and inject the air into the vial (not into liquid, but into air above the liquid). This will get rid of the vacuum. You can then pull out the GH as you need it. 10 markings on the 100-mark syringe = 1 IU.

Injections:

Some people pull the entire HGH vial content into the syringe and use the same for 5 injections. Others prefer to use a fresh syringe for every injection (which is smart in my humble opinion).

The favorite spot for HGH injections is subcutaneously, into the stomach fat – pinch some skin between your fingers and insert the needle at an 45 degree angle. Chose a different spot every time. Depending on the spot, you can either feel nothing or you can feel slight pain – you will learn your favorite spots in time. GH can also be injected into any muscle (thigh, shoulder, etc.) – it works the same either way.

HGH Dosage:

Dosage depends on the purpose. People generally use 2IU per day for anti-aging purpose and 4IU per day for bodybuilding, weight loss and general fitness. In case of 4IU, people take 2IU in the morning and 2IU in the afternoon. It’s best injected into stomach fat (exactly the same way as insulin).

Effects are felt about a week into the first cycle (better sleep, skin improvement, etc..). Improved muscle tone is noticed about a month or two after the start (provided you do good workout and proper diet – plenty of proteins). Don’t just settle for any type of protein, because some manufacturers put in all sorts of crap (artificial flavors, sugar, etc.. also some manufacturing methods produce low quality protein which is no good.). You want undenatured whey protein isolate created with micro cross flow filtration method and possibly get unflavored and unsweetened kind. I also suggest you take some good multi vitamin/mineral supplements (take a look at AOR ortho core).

It’s good to cycle off HGH every now and then. General rule of thumb is, to take breaks for the same duration of time as you were on it. 2 months on, 2 months off for example.

The effects are most noticeable in the initial few cycles so stay on it for as long as you can (3-4 months even).

The only noticeable side effect which can happen to some people is the carpal tunnel syndrome (tingling sensation in your palms and fingers. Feeling like your hands fall “asleep” sometimes, especially in the morning when you wake up). If it gets unbearable, people just stop the cycle for a few weeks and then resume when the carpal is gone. If it happens it does so only in initial few cycles when the carpal tunnel (through which nerves are passing to your palms) is too thin and doesn’t have time to adapt to the new rapid growth. Later on the tunnel adapts and in subsequent cycles the carpal is barely felt – if at all.

Chinese HGH

In the recent years it has become very difficult to obtain real human growth hormone (also known by it’s abbreviation HGH and scientific name Somatropin). In 2007 US government passed a law which made growth hormone illegal in the USA. After that it was only possible to obtain it through a local doctor, who could only prescribe an American or European (FDA approved) brand.

The reason this happened in the first place is because Chinese growth hormone (Hypertropin, Jintropin or Ansomone) was over 10 times cheaper than US brands while being of equal quality and readily available to anyone over the internet. In time this was starting to take a big chunk of profit from the US pharmaceutical giants (big pharma). In 2007 they finally succeeded through lobbying and politics to remove Chinese competition from the US market and in turn forced the people to buy big pharma brands at tenfold prices.

Nowadays Chinese manufacturers distance themselves from direct sales, however it is still possible to obtain Chinese growth hormone over the internet through various small time resellers, you just have to do a bit of research to find them.

Real or fake Human Growth Hormone

Real GH cannot be made in a “bathtub” pharmacy (like steroids can) for several reasons, but most importantly because the necessary equipment cost is in multi million dollars and the technical knowledge includes genetic manipulation of e.coli bacteria, etc.

The real growth hormone (somatropin) which is identical to the human body’s own GH has a 191 amino acid sequence molecule.

There is a cheaper method to create something called somatrem (or Met-GH) – a 192 amino acid sequence GH, which is technically not a real GH, and is not natural to the human body – but does work similar. Met-GH has an additional methionyl amino acid attached which can cause a person’s body to build up antibodies against it. It can also cause allergic reactions – some people built up so much resistance that the immune system neutralized the effect of the drug. This is especially dangerous because it can leave permanent damage – immune system attacking person’s own, real GH.

I have heard reports of several cheap GH brands (somatorm, nomad labs, etc.) which leave painful red welts on injection spot. There are two reasons something like this can happen – either the substance is fake or it has bacterial residue in it, which causes an immune reaction.

When it comes to their health, most people want only the best but some seem to not care and are looking for anything cheap.

I have personally used Jintropin since 2000 with excellent results. In 2007 I switched to the more potent (20% stronger) brand Hypertropin which has since been my GH of choice.

HGH prices

Nowadays a 100IU (40mg) kit of growth hormone goes for $330 US dollars, with most Chinese resellers having a minimum order quantity of 5 kits or more.

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