Growth Hormone, or GH, is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland of both men and women. It stimulates cellular growth and regeneration and it’s essential to a healthy metabolism, an optimal ratio of lean muscle to body fat, bone density, psychological wellbeing, heart health, and even skin thickness.
Without adequate levels, things start going south, literally and figuratively. Energy levels go down. Skin — along with other things — starts to droop. Muscle says goodbye. Belly fat increases while energy, stamina, and plain old vitality dissipate.
Unfortunately, without intervention, low levels of growth hormone are an unavoidable fact of life as GH levels decrease by about 50% every seven years after the age of 18-25.
GH levels can be brought up to youthful levels through injections of recombinant growth hormone but injections are problematic in several ways. For one, they’re very expensive, averaging about $1,000 a month.
Secondly, dosing is often based on the best guess of the doctor, and dosages that are too high can lead to reduced efficacy in the long run, in addition to possibly causing some metabolic disorders.
There’s also the problem of “feedback mechanisms.” Normally, the body controls GH levels. If it’s too high, the body stops producing it as a safeguard, but that all goes out the window when you’re receiving injections.
Lastly, Federal regulations restrict GH use to patients with AIDS, short bowel syndrome, or a GH deficiency, and qualifying for the latter is pursuant to restrictive guidelines.
Work With the Body to Increase GH
Men and women don’t need to use actual GH for rejuvenation. Instead, there are amazing drugs called Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones (GHRH) and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP) that prompt the body into making its own growth hormone, essentially restoring GH to youthful levels.
The effects of these peptides are significant and long lasting. Belly fat starts to shrink. Skin tightens up and wrinkles become less noticeable. Hair regains its luster, and energy and vitality return to more youthful levels.
Furthermore, GHRH and GHRP have several advantages over GH:
- The GH-elevating effects of these peptides are regulated by negative feedback mechanisms. In other words, if the body senses that GH levels are too high, production stops. That makes overdosing GH extremely difficult, if not impossible.
- The off-label use (i.e., as an anti-aging protocol) isn’t prohibited by Federal law, unlike GH.
And while these peptides also require a subcutaneous daily injection (using a tiny insulin needle, painlessly inserted through a pinched fold of skin on top of the thigh), the price is much, much lower than GH.
All things considered, the doctors at Optimal Health Medical Group believe that these peptides are a much safer and more economical approach to replacing growth hormone to youthful levels.
How The Peptides Work
GHRH – Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone does exactly what its name implies; it tells the pituitary to secrete GH. It does this by increasing the number of GH-releasing cells, called somatotropes, and the amount of GH released by these somatotropes.
The most commonly prescribed GHRH is called Sermorelin.
GHRP – Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides have two main effects:
- It promotes the release of additional GHRH, which in turn causes the production of more GH.
- GHRPs oppose and inhibit a chemical called somatostatin, which ordinarily tells the pituitary gland not to release any GH.
There are three commonly prescribed GHRPs: GHRP-6, GHRP-2, and Ipamorelin.
How Do You Decide Which Peptide(s) To Use?
Using just a GHRH (Sermorelin) by itself wouldn’t do much. The body’s supply of somatostatin would almost totally inhibit the release of GH. The key is to use both a GHRH and a GHRP, mixed together in the same syringe. The GHRH would elicit a surge of GH and the GHRP, in addition to prompting a further surge of GH, would also inhibit the effects of somatostatin, thus allowing for a large and sustained pulse of GH.
Now you could administer a GHRP by itself, but it just wouldn’t have the same oomph as the combination of a GHRP and a GHRH. Instead, you need the synergy between the two peptides.
The Optimal Health Medical Group Protocol
The doctors at OHMG prefer a blend of the following peptides:
Sermorelin (a GHRH)
GHRP-2 (a GHRP)
GHRP-6 (a GHRP)
Note: GHRP-2 and GHRP-6 are both GHRPs but have slightly different effects.
For rejuvenation and anti-aging, inject the prescribed amount into your thigh, belly, or glute once a day, preferably before bedtime and on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours after eating). Refrain from eating anything for a half hour after the injection.
While the effects of this protocol might be substantial, they’ll take weeks and months to manifest themselves. You should, however, start to feel more energized in as little as a week. Other effects, like fat loss, increased muscle, and thicker, more elastic skin, will take longer.