Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is not only one of the most beneficial hormones our body produces, but one of the most sought after in exogenous form. In an exogenous form, HGH is identical to the naturally produced hormone, and represents not only one of the most beneficial exogenous hormones but one of the most well-tolerated among men and women. Its high level of toleration applies not only to medicinal use but performance enhancement as well.
Commonly, those in the media or in any popular culture conversation refer to Human Growth Hormone as an anabolic steroid. However, HGH is in no shape or form an anabolic steroid. Yes, it does carry strong anabolic properties, but being anabolic does not make something an anabolic steroid. Food is also highly anabolic, but no one would call chicken or ground beef an anabolic steroid.
Human Growth Hormone is a protein hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland. It is produced by all living human beings, and is at its highest levels during childhood. HGH represents one of the most important hormones in the human body as it affects our bones, skeletal muscle and internal organs, as well as plays roles in numerous other areas throughout the body.
Human Growth Hormone also supports the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and minerals. Through its direct mode of action, it can also stimulate the growth of connective tissue. Beyond connective tissue growth, HGH has been shown to significantly increase the size and number of cells in skeletal muscle. The hormone will also further support triglyceride hydrolysis, which in turn will promote the reduction of adipose tissue or body fat. So effective in its abilities surrounding fat, HGH has been shown to significantly reduce total cholesterol levels. This, among many other things can be very useful to the anabolic steroid user as many steroids tend to support improper cholesterol levels.
In its direct functioning capacity, Human Growth Hormone sends a signal to the cells in the muscle, bone and adipose tissue to promote anabolism (muscle growth) and lipolysis (fat loss). However, it also carries indirect traits in that it increases gluconeogenesis and promotes insulin resistance. In the end, all these traits give us a reduced sensitivity to insulin, increased glucose levels and increases in the rate of lipolysis.
On a structural basis, it is important to note the exact or precise composition of HGH if you are going to purchase a synthetic form. This is important as there are many HGH variants or fragment hormones but they are not Somatropin. True Human Growth Hormone carries 191 amino acid residues making it identical to naturally produced HGH.