Originally published July 8 2009
How to Increase Your Natural Growth Hormone Production
by Melanie Grimes
(NaturalNews) Growth hormone (GH) is naturally produced in the pituitary gland but the production of this hormone decreases as we age, especially in men over the age of 40. This decrease leads to loss of both muscle mass, increased fat, and loss of energy and mental acuity. Research on synthetic growth hormone has been inconclusive, as side effects vary. However, there are many nutrients that can stimulate your body's production of GH and help maintain youthful levels of this important hormone.
The best ways to increase GH in the body are by lifestyle changes and by adding nutrients that support endogenous GH secretion. Numerous nutrients are needed to fuel the natural production of GH.
Lifestyle Recommendations to Boost Natural Growth Hormone Production
Both sleep and exercise have been shown to help increase GH production. GH is released at night, via messages from the hypothalmus. Vigorous exercise also helps induce GH release. A diet low in simple sugars is also advised, because GH release is inhibited by insulin.
Nutrition to Boost Natural Growth Hormone Production
Along with exercise and sleep, protein is needed to provide the essential amino acids necessary for GH synthesis. Protein is utilized by the growth hormones to build muscles.
The amino acid Glutamine is especially indicated in bolstering the immune system, aiding absorption in the intestines, and regulating the conversion of protein to muscle. L-Glutamine has been shown to stimulate growth hormone release.
The neurotransmitter choline (acetylcholine) is a nutrient used for memory and brain function and preventing Alzheimer's disease. It has been found to aid the manufacture of GH in the body.
B vitamins help balancing hormone levels and niacin , B3, has been shown to release growth hormone's GH levels. In one study, 500 mg of niacin caused a significant rise in growth hormone. When fatty acids were injected along with the niacin, the effects slowed, as the growth hormone production is slowed by fatty acid. Niacin is best absorbed when taken during fasting, or on an empty stomach, as insulin and glucose are also known to inhibit growth hormone production.
Growth hormone production decreases as we age. With exercise and proper sleep, the endogenous GH levels can be maximized. With additional nutritional supplementation, natural growth hormone production can be increased and the mental and physical side effect of aging can be slowed, leading to a more productive lifestyle as we age.
About the authorMelanie Grimes is a writer, award-winning screenwriter, medical journal editor, and adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She also teaches homeopathy at the Seattle School of Homeopathy and the American Homeopathic Medical College.
A trained homeopath, she is the editor of the homeopathic journal, Simillimum, and has edited alternative and integrative medical journals for 15 years. She has taught creative writing, founded the first Birkenstock store in the USA and authored medical textbooks.
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