Growth Hormone Secretagogues
What Are Growth Hormones?
Growth hormones are protein hormones produced and secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain. After age 30, growth hormone secretion declines by approximately 14 percent per decade.
By age 60, the average person secretes 75 percent less growth hormone than a 20-year-old. The dramatic decline in growth hormone secretion as we age is directly associated with many aspects of aging. Growth hormone is primarily released in pulses that occur during the beginning phases of sleep, which in turn stimulates the release of IGF-1 from the liver. As growth hormone secretions decline with aging, so do blood levels of IGF-1.
The decline in IGF-1 blood levels as we age has been shown to contribute to many aspects of aging, including thinning of our skin, more rapid wrinkling, brittle hair, and nails, grayed or dulled hair color, reduced energy, loss of muscle and bone mass, decreased libido and sexual performance ability, increased body fat, and other common signs and symptoms of aging. Conversely, growth hormone injections and/or supplementation with natural agents that stimulate the release of growth hormone have been shown to boost IGF-1 blood levels back to more youthful levels and reverse many age-related changes in the body.
Benefits Of Growth-Hormone Secretagogues
A number of studies have revealed that a combination of certain amino acids, ingested orally as a supplement at specific dosages, can stimulate the pituitary gland to release greater quantities of growth hormone after the age of 40, elevating our IGF-1 blood levels to match those we experienced up to our mid-30s. Studies show that supplementation with these amino acid combinations, collectively known as growth hormone secretagogues, can raise IGF-1 blood levels.
Studies have shown that boosting IGF-1 blood levels back to more youthful levels leads to a multitude of anti-aging benefits, including:
Improved immune function;
Increased sexual potency and function;
Increased muscle strength, muscle mass and energy;
Decreased body fat;
Improved sleep patterns;
Improved skin thickness, texture, and reduced wrinkle lines;
Restoration of hair color; and
What Is Sermorelin?
Sermorelin is the first 29 peptides of the Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone, and it acts entirely the same way. It is a mixture of Sermorelin and GHRH receptor peptide-6. Interestingly enough, Sermorelin started out as a medication for Cerebral Palsy, and Cystic Fibrosis. It was used originally to help children grow at the average growth rate.
What Are The Major Benefits Of Sermorelin Injections?
Increased muscle mass
Increased Bone Density
Less Chronic Pain
Decreased healing time
Better Quality of Life
Growth of New Cells
Tightening of the skin
How Is Sermorelin Administered?
This medication is given Subcutaneously; in the stomach or the fatty tissue in the back of the arm. It should be injected every night before bedtime, and the patient should not eat 2 hours before or after the injection. If the patient does eat, the drug will not be effective. Also note that this drug takes 3-4 months before the patient will feel the full effects. The reason it takes this long is because the body needs to adapt to this change slowly, otherwise it increases chances of side effects. Patients can be on this medication for as long as they desire, they can also take breaks in between. However, it is suggested to be on Sermorelin for 4-6 months minimum.
Sermorelin/Ipamorelin & Administration Instructions
- Mix the dry Sermorelin/GHRP-6 powder with 3mL of Bacteriostatic water.
- Do NOT Shoot the Bacteriostatic water directly into the powder. Aim it toward the side of the vial, and after all the Bacteriostatic water in the vial, gently swirl the solution until it is completely dissolved and clear. DO NOT SHAKE.
- Using the provided Insulin syringe (1.0mL), Draw up 0.3mL of the mixed solution.
- Clean off the top of the vial with an alcohol pad, and insert the needle into the top of the vial. Turn the vial upside down and pull the syringe until the stopper is at the 0.3mL mark.
- Administer the 0.3mL of the mixed solution to any Subcutaneous site. Stomach, or fatty area of the arm Make sure to wipe the selected injection site with Alcohol pad prior to injection. Give the injection at bedtime.
Refrigerate the vial AT ALL TIMES to maintain potency. Do NOT eat 2 hours prior or after giving the injection.
How Much Do Sermorelin Injections Cost?
Unfortunately, Sermorelin is not covered by insurance companies; they feel that age-defying medication is not necessary for a patient’s health. The cost averages to $10 per day. However, this does include the mixing instructions, needles, alcohol pads, and all other supplies needed for this drug.
Are There Risks To Sermorelin Injections?
There are currently no long-term side effects of this medication, but there are possible short-term side effects;
Flushing of Face
Injection Site Reactions: this can be prevented by cleaning the injection site prior to giving the injection, and rotating injection sites.
If a patient has a personal history of Malignancy they are not advised to try this medication.
Sermorelin Injection FAQs
What Is HGH? How Does It Work In The Body Naturally?
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that is released into our blood stream after the GHRH (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone) binds to the Pituitary gland in our brains. Typically, the pituitary gland is contained by a substance called somatostatin. The Somatostatin will stay attached to the receptors on the pituitary gland; this means the GHRH cannot bind. However, during specific times of the day, the somatostatin is released from the pituitary gland and the GHRH can finally bind, which results in the release of the Human Growth Hormone. This occurs several times through the day; usually during stressful situations, and even at night when resting.
As humans age, there is a decrease in the release of HGH. Therefore, it takes longer for older people to heal. At the age of 20, the average human peaks in their HGH. Every decade after that, the Human Growth Hormone decreases by approximately 15-30%. This means that by age 40, they have roughly 50% of the HGH they once had at half the age.
What Is GHRP-6?
Growth Hormone Receptor Peptide 6 is a substance that is mixed into the Sermorelin that gives the pituitary gland the ability to have a human growth hormone release within 15-20 minutes of administering. This is possible because the GHRP-6 bind makes the somatostatin release from the pituitary gland that causes the GHRH to bind and then finally the release of the HGH. When the GHRH and Sermorelin are able to bind to the pituitary gland together, it causes an increased stimulation, which entails a greater amount of HGH to be released into the blood stream.
What Is The Difference Between HGH And Sermorelin?
Sermorelin is not HGH; it is a like hormone to the GHRH. Human Growth Hormone is an illegal substance and cannot be prescribed to patients for use. When HGH is injected into the body it is genetically engineered in a lab to mimic the effects of natural HGH. The human growth hormone is a much larger molecule that reaches 190 amino acids, whereas Sermorelin is 29. Sermorelin is much safer and has not shown any increase of cancer possibility, unlike injectable HGH.
Sermorelin does not add HGH to the body, instead it stimulates the release of the HGH your body has already formulated.
Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy And Sermorelin Be Done Together?
Yes! It has proven effective to increase energy and strength, and even more so when the medications are used together.
How Do We Monitor The Levels?
Since HGH is spontaneously released into the blood stream, we would have to do the blood when it has been released (nearly impossible). Therefore, we monitor the insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Studies have shown that as HGH rises in the human body, so does the IGF-1 at a very similar rate. The patient will have monthly blood draws to make sure the IGF-1 is not too high, or too low.