Many of us like to look young, stay young and feel young. So, we find means to reverse the time clock to achieve this. That is the reason why anti-aging products and treatments are readily available in many forms out there.

The human growth hormone (HGH) is the main cause for aging. It is produced by the pituitary gland behind the head. The level of human growth hormone drops by as much as 80% between the ages of 21 years to 60 years. That means a 60-year-old person would have only 20% of the HGH produced in the body.

What are the symptoms of reduced human growth hormone?

  • Reduced immunity
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor memory
  • Thinning and wrinkled skin
  • Reduced muscle size and strength
  • Increased in abdominal fat and bad cholesterol
  • Reduced in metabolic rate
  • Declining libido

Therefore, if we were able to maintain and increase the production of HGH in our body, it would help to slow down or reverse the aging process and stay, feel and look young.

How can you increase HGH in the body?

One common way is to inject HGH from synthetic source, animal culture or placenta extracts. This method is rather dangerous as there could be latent side effects or reactions to the body. It is difficult to control the exact dose required by the body leading to overdosing. Therefore, it has to be administered by doctors and this can be very costly.

Another way is to take proper nutrition or supplementation that triggers the body own pituitary gland to produce HGH. The body controls the right level of HGH and there is no danger of side effects.

What are the nutrients that help the pituitary gland to produce HGH?

1) Amino acids

Specific amino acids that help the pituitary gland are L-arginine, L-lysine, L-glutamate, glycine, tyrosine and GABA.

a) L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acids that has the following benefits:

  • Increase the HGH
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Helps with erectile dysfunction and improve male fertility
  • Enhance immune system
  • Accelerate wound healing

b) L-Lysine plays an important role in the calcium absorption, building of muscle, production of enzyme, hormone and antibodies. Lysine works well with L-arginine and enhance the power of arginine.

c) L-Glutamate is the most abundant amino acid in the body. High level of glutamate in the blood leads to lower illness, prevents muscle wasting, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure

d) Glycine is the simplest form of amino acid in the body. It increases HGH in the blood

e) Tyrosine is an important precursor to key neurotransmitters; epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and dopamine, which are important for mood, mental performance and sex drive.

f) GABA ( Gamma – aminobutyric acid) stimulates the brain to produce HGH and aids in the reduction of body fat and increase in lean muscle mass.

These amino acids are available from the usual food source for protein; meat, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds and grains.

2) Maca Pura ( Lepidium meyenii)

This is an indigenous plant of Peruvian and Bolivian highlands in the Andes mountain. The herb supports the pituitary gland and promotes energy and stamina, enhancing sexual potency and libido. Hence, it is considered as an aphrodisiac.

3) Alpha-Glycerolphosphorylcholine ( alpha-GPC)

Alpha-GPC is a phospholipid found mainly in the nerve membrane and in the brain. It increases the manufacturing of acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter for brain functions such as learning and memory.

Made from soya bean, it is well absorbed and crosses the blood brain barrier easily. Many evidences cited in journals suggested that effectiveness of alpha-GPC in mental recovery of brain damage and amnesia and dementia patients.

4) Antioxidants

Antioxidants act to quench free radical damages that cause degenerations in the body cells.  Sufficient intake of antioxidants helps with anti-inflammation, promote immunity and synthesis of collagen to prevent wrinkles and joints problems.

The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends eating at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables everyday. The fruits and vegetables should be in as wide a variety and as colorful as possible to order to provide a cover a wide range of antioxidants family.

However, modern-day agriculture method is leading to a great reduction of nutrients contents in these fruits and vegetables. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you also take antioxidant supplements to ensure that you get enough.

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