Congratulations, if you have made it this far you now know more about HGH then most people who sell it! On this page we will introduce you to an HGH supplement that really is effective. I want to be clear that we do not make any supplements we recommend. We could sell every supplement under the sun, but we only want to offer what we feel is most effective. Okay, on with the article...
How can we enhance our body's HGH production?
The key is to find supplements that act as a secretagogue (defined on our HGH related definitions page). Secretagogues cause the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH. Over the last 10 years a tremendous amount of research has been done on which nutritional products increase HGH production.
One of the leaders in this area has been Dr. Giampapa. Dr. Giampapa is the founder of the Longevity Institute International (LII) and is profiled in the landmark book -"Grow Young with HGH" by Dr. Ronald Klatz. For years Dr. Giampapa did HGH injections at the LII. While his patients saw great results, it was expensive and side effects could be an issue. Dr. Giampapa knew that a blend of supplements that could stimulate the body to produce more HGH was the best solution. Researchers finally came up with the right blend and called it Secretagogue-1™.
What is Secretagogue-1™ and how does it work?
Secretagogue-1™ is a proprietary blend of amino acids and precursor nutrients which enhance the body's natural production of HGH and IGF-1. Studies have shown that amino acids such as arginine, glutamine and lysine can significantly increase the production of HGH. In addition, supplements such as GABA and Broad bean can have a very positive effect on HGH production. The problem has been that you had to take a cocktail of pills to get all the supplements you needed. In addition, some on the amino acid can not be taken in pill form because of their delicate structure.
Secretagogue-1™ works by combining all the nutrients you need into one effervescent powder. You don't need to worry about taking the right mix of supplements, you just take one packet of Secretagogue-1™.
Here are the exact ingredients in Secretagogue-1™:
Are there other products that use the same method as Secretagogue-1?
Yes - to varying degrees. The problem is getting amino acids and peptides past the stomach and into the bloodstream is not an easy process. The acid in our stomach can destroy the amino acids before they ever reach the pituitary glands. MHP came up with a pharmaceutical grade glucose polymer that allowed their formula to be given orally, and kept the amino acids and peptides intact so they can reach the pituitary glands.
So, there are other products which have taken the same approach - find a way to stimulate the body to produce more HGH, but not with the same success. Without the glucose polymer it is very hard to stop the stomach acids from destroying the formula. Secretagogue-1™ has been so successful that the Longevity Institute is using it in place of HGH injections for many of its patients.
Sytropin is one of the other HGH products with similar ingredients, but these ingredients are delivered in a sublingual spray instead of the effervescent powder used in Secretagogue-1.
Can you show me some clinical evidence that Secretagogue-1 is effective?
Of course. Here are some very interesting quotes from Kevin Hopkins, a Nutritional Biochemist at the Hopewell Pharmacy and Compounding Center. What makes them very interesting is that one of their primary businesses is to supply prescription injections of HGH. So, they would have every reason to try to knock Secretagogue-1, a $79 product that competes with their $1500 injections.
"Secretagogue-1 is a cost effective way for the patient to achieve elevations in IGF-1".
"As stated earlier, our primary role is prescription hormonal therapy. If we can do this and physicians will prescribe actual growth hormone for longevity, why then are we interested in Secretagogue-1? It's simple. Our results with Secretagogue-1 in patients have demonstrated an increase of 21% to 46% in IGF levels. This elevation is sufficient to achieve cardiovascular protection, a decrease in body fat, and an increase in lean mass."
"We are constantly approached by middle-aged bodybuilders and exercise enthusiasts seeking a reduction in body fat and just general physique enhancement. This is where Secretagogue-1 becomes increasingly marketable."
"After using Secretagogue-1™ in roughly forty patients, we have noticed a rapid decrease in body fat, an increase in vascularity, and better muscle tone."
-Kevin Hopkins, Nutritional Biochemist at Hopewell Pharmacy and Compounding Center.
Here is a quote from Dr. Vincent C. Giampapa, the founder of the Longevity Institute International
"We have been using Secretagogue-1 in our longevity centers throughout the world in place of synthetic injections of HGH. The results have been astounding. In my fifteen years of practicing HRT (hormone replacement therapy), I have never seen anything like it. Patients are experiencing all the benefits of having youthful levels of Growth Hormone without any side effects."
-Dr. Vincent C. Giampapa
It is not just scientist and us who believe this product works - body builders give it a very high customer satisfaction rating.
"Based on volume statistics and consumer surveys, this product has become the most popular growth hormone releasing peptide formula on the market...Secretagogue-1 has by far, the highest approval rating of any GH releasing peptide formula surveyed and is becoming a popular among top amateur bodybuilders."
4 Star - Excellent Rating by Customer Satisfaction Surveys
- ProSource 1999 Buyers Guide
How does Secretagogue-1 compare to injectable HGH?
|Product Comparison : Secretagogue-1™ vs. HGH|
|Product Composition||100% natural||100% Synthetic|
|Delivery System||1 packet daily||2 Injections daily|
|Legality in U.S.||Totally (natural food)||Severely restricted|
|Reported Complications||None||Yes with overdosing|
|Monthly Product Cost||$74.95||$1,200 - $ 2,500|
Should everybody take Secretagogue-1?
No. If you are young and full of energy, you probably don't need Secretagogue-1. As you have learned from reading our articles, HGH levels decrease with age. Therefore, the older you are the more profound an effect Secretagogue-1 will have on you. We recommend it for people over the age of 30 and definitely if you are over 40.
Of course, you should always check with your Doctor before taking any dietary supplements.
How often do you take Secretagogue-1?
You take one packet with 4 ounces of water every night before you go to sleep. Each box has 30 packets - so a 1 month supply. The powder is effervescent with an orange flavor.
How much does Secretagogue-1 cost?
The retail price is $74.95 for a 1 month supply. We are selling it for $54.99 for a 1 month supply. If you are interested in ordering please go to the HGH Enhancing Products Page.
How much does Sytropin cost?
The retail price of Sytropin is $59.95 for a 1month supply. We offer quantity discounts for multiple bottle purchases. We also offer discounts for ordering Secretagogue-1 and Sytropin Combo packs. If you are interested in ordering please go to the HGH Enhancing Products Page.
Are there other ways to naturally increase HGH levels?
Yes. Diet, exercise and lifestyle all have an impact on HGH levels. Certain foods can spike HGH levels and exercise leads to an increase in HGH. In addition, something as simple as getting more sleep can increase your HGH levels. Our pituitary gland produces HGH while we are in deep sleep. Therefore, the more we sleep the more opportunity we have to produce HGH.
We believe that using Secretagogue-1 is the fastest way to increase your HGH levels. However, positive changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can make Secretagogue-1 an even more effective product.
What about the homeopathic HGH supplements?
Homeopathic HGH supplements are very difficult to evaluate. The whole concept of homeopathic medicine is to use miniscule amounts of substances to trigger a response by the body. In addition, in the homeopathic approach, more of a substance is not always better. The only real way to tell if they are effective is to try them and see if they elevate IGF-1 levels. There are basically no scientific studies validating the ingredients that are being used in homeopathic HGH supplements.
As we write this (3/2004) we have started to see some outrageous and bogus claims tied to Homeopathic HGH supplements. The misinformation has gotten so bad we feel it is necessary to write a side bar article about the Dark Side of Homeopathic HGH. You can go ahead and read the article now, but just be sure to hit the back button when you are done to return to this article.
CONCLUSIONS ON HGH
The effects of elevated HGH levels can be truly amazing. Raising HGH levels is the closest science has come to the elusive "fountain of youth". Unfortunately, the advances of science have also led to an avalanche of con artists. It seems as if suddenly everybody has a pill that will make us young again. The truth is that most pills will just make you poor again!
Fortunately, there are a few legitimate HGH enhancing products on the market that are safe and effective. Products like Secretagogue-1 (and the new Sytropin), that were developed by scientists, have the most promise. After only 30 days on these supplements most people have seen tremendous results.
We will continue to evaluate new products as they are developed. In addition, we will use this site to provide information on clinical studies and research, as they become available. It is truly an exciting time to be alive, and if advances in HGH research continue, we may all be alive for a long time!