Forever Natural Growth Hormone



by Dave Tuttle

Are there any natural ways to stimulate growth hor­mone? I've heard about certain amino acids that supposedly raise hGH levels in the body. Is this just wishful thinking?

Natural growth hormone (hGH) has a major role in muscle develop­ment due to its ability to promote cell division and proliferation throughout the body. It does this by increasing the amount of amino acids transported within the cell membrane, which provides the raw mate­rials for enhanced protein synthesis. It increases nitro­gen retention as well and stimulates the liver to pro­duce various growth factors. HGH can increase the level of free fatty acids in the blood, resulting in greater use of fats as an energy source and the sparing of available carbohy­drates. It also affects the growth of the bones and con­nective tissues.

Growth hormone is pro­duced by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. The pituitary secretes hGH in response to a secretion of growth hormone-releasing factor by the hy­pothalamus, located next to the pituitary. This releasing factor, in turn, is produced when the hypothalamus is stimulated by exercise, as well as by stress and anxiety. Exercise results in high levels of hGH release, allowing the muscles to syn­thesize the proteins necessary for muscle hypertrophy. The greater the exercise intensity, the more growth hormone is released.

Varying the exercise selections and intensity of your training routine may keep the pituitary sensitive to the adaptive stresses of exercise, stimu­lating even greater hGH release. It should be noted, however, that over-training can actually reduce the level of growth hormone produced. A fine line exists between high-intensity training and overtraining. You can have too much of a good thing!

Several factors besides exercise have been shown to affect growth hormone release. The second greatest amount of hGH release occurs during the first 45 to 90 minutes of sleep, with smaller, pulsating peak releases ing. Also, finish your last meal of the day early enough so that your blood

glucose levels can return to normal

before you go to sleep. On the other hand, crystalline arginine and or 

nithine supplements do not appear to be effective in stimulating additional hGH release.

Can't drug users do everything a natural athlete can—plus take drugs—and always win?

This is a frequently asked question. Basically, the an swer is that a drug-using

bodybuilder could do every­thing available to the natural

athlete but usually will not.


This is because the drug user has a dependency on an arti 

ficial substance. Like any addiction , it takes its toll psychologically as well as

physically. Ask people who

smoke cigarettes. Are they hooked? Could they give it

up tomorrow? So why don't they?

Substance abusers will often take the easy way out by relying on their drugs. It's less work.

A natural bodybuilder needs to define the term

"winning" for him- or her 

self. Is winning a contest next year (instead of three years

from now) worth damaging

your body in the meantime? In the real world there is no

free lunch. If you "win" be 

cause you injected steroids, was it really you that won, or

was it a hollow chemical

victory? Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Well, it will be

the natural athlete who makes the slow but steady progress that wins in the end. No jump starts, but no drug-induced relapses either. Pure, natural victory. Isn't that what winning is all about?

Pure, natural victory is what bodybuilding is all about. 

at roughly 90-minute intervals after that. The quality of sleep can affect release rates, since frequent waking can disturb the body's hormonal pat­terns. Age can also reduce the height and frequency of these releases, as can alcohol. Bodyfat affects growth hormone levels as well—the more fat, the less hGH produced.

It appears that a high blood glucose level can inhibit hGH release. You should, therefore, try to eat your pre-workout meal a full hour before train