Human Growth Hormone (HGH) produced by the small, pea-sized pituitary gland located in the base of the brain is rumored to have a range of health benefits. Some of these claims are true, while others are just far-fetched or misunderstood.
One of the myths surrounding the use of HGH is that it slows down the aging process. This is actually true, but only to point. HGH is not some magical regimen that makes a 90-year old man look like he’s 15.
HGH production peaks in early human life, especially during puberty, and is responsible for increased muscle and bone mass, smooth skin, increased strength and endurance, and body fitness. The constant decline in HGH levels is responsible for many of the symptoms of aging such as increased body fat, grey hair, etc. but there are other factors responsible for aging.
Many people believe the absence or low levels of HGH in the system is responsible for aging, and if they could supplement the body with enough HGH, the aging process will slow down or even be slightly reversed. Once again, this is true to a point, but HGH isn’t the only factor responsible for aging, so it can’t be the sole restorer of vitality to the body. Other factors responsible for aging include stress, diet, sun exposure, and other physical, physiological, biological, and social changes.
What are the effects of HGH on aging?
HGH may not be an age-reversing magic potion, but it can surely help with looking younger in ways such as:
- Increased fat metabolism
- Smoothening out skin wrinkles
- Improve hair growth and restoring natural hair color
- Increase bone density and muscle mass (but not necessarily strength).
The effects of HGH are not limited to the above points, and they may differ based on different genetic factors in individuals.