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Supplements for natural hGH release

Induce natural hGH release (natural growth hormone release) with certain amino acids.  It depends on the quantity and timing of ingestion.

There are twenty amino acids that form the building blocks for all the proteins in your body.  These proteins are used to make bone, skin, muscle, enzymes, and hormones.

Essential amino acids are amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own.  You depend on food to get these.

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Arginine and hGH

Arginine is one of the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own.  Also known as L-arginine, this amino acid is a heavy weight as a proven releaser of HGH.

Arginine along with ornithine were tested as growth hormone releasers in a study by Dirk Pearson and Sandy Shaw.

In the study Shaw ingested a dose of 10 grams of arginine every day on an empty stomach.  The goal was to produce HGH release and subsequently improve the rate of healing on her broken foot.

In combination with the arginine dose, she added exercise in the form of 3 minute bench press workouts (large muscle group that didn't require her broken foot to be involved).  Shaw reported a weight loss of 25 lbs of fat with a 5 lb gain of muscle.  See Effects Of Growth Hormone.

It appears that arginine stimulates natural HGH release by blocking a known growth hormone inhibitor - somatostatin.  Incidentally, somatostatin production increases as we get older which contributes to less and less HGH release as we age.

Arginine converts to another substance - nitric oxide - which is known to improve blood vessel elasticity.  Nitric oxide production can lead to better cardiovascular health and even better erections.    Here's how to boost nitric oxide with supplements.


Ornithine can be created by your own body, so it's a nonessential amino acid.  Ornithine was used in the Shaw and Pearson study and shown to be two times as effective at releasing HGH as arginine.

The Shaw and Pearson findings were the result of ingesting 2 1/2 to 5 grams of ornithine each night prior to bed on an empty stomach.  5 grams to 10 grams of arginine was taken in combination with the ornithine.


Citrulline may be more effective than arginine at boosting HGH.  Citrulline actually metabolizes into arginine. Studies have shown that supplementing with both citrulline and arginine may be more effective than arginine alone.


Our bodies use more glutamine than any other amino acid.  Glutamine prevents muscle wasting as associated with times of stress.

High glutamine levels have also been associated with better general health.  In one study, for example, high glutamine levels resulted in lower blood pressure, fewer illnesses, lower cholesterol, and maintenance of ideal weight.

Thomas Welbourne showed that a 2 gram dose of glutamine could raise HGH levels in a subject group of men ages 32 to 64.

It's been shown that glutamine can have greater effect alone than the combined effect of arginine, ornithine, and lysine.  However, more evidence shows greater effect from stacking amino acids.


Lysine is also an essential amino acid and has been shown to increase HGH even at small doses.

Interesting results from studies with lysine - evidence that growth hormone release may have increased thymic hormone secretion in older animals and humans, resulting in a potential reversal of age-related immune deficiency.

Also, a study at the Mayo Clinic showed lysine at small doses could reduce the recurrence of herpes simplex infections.

Take lysine in combination with other amino acids mentioned earlier, for natural hGH release.  See Stacking Amino Acids.

OKG - Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

Although OKG is not specifically an amino acid, it is ornithine bound to alpha-ketoglutarate.  Alpha-ketogluterate is a precursor to glutamine.

Studies from France show it to boost growth hormone and help with body tissue rebuilding


Glycine, a nonessential amino acid, is sometimes overlooked as a natural HGH releaser.  However, studies have shown large increases of HGH in the blood after supplementing with glycine.

Refer to the importance of "cycling" HGH releasers.  Read why you should stack amino acids

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Natural HGH Release With Exercise

HGH releasing exercise is intense activity that effectively boosts HGH production.  Resistance training such as weight lifting using basic movements with your largest muscles produces the greatest effect.

Examples of exercises are deadlifts, squats, bench presses, rowing.

You want to use relatively heavy weight and low reps and workouts should be held to 45 minutes or less.

There are some good examples of programs that can stimulate HGH but don't follow all these rules such as Chad Waterbury's HFT.  Check it out.

HGH Releasing Diet

The right diet can impact growth hormone production.  You should eat a diet consisting of 35% high quality proteins such as eggs and lean meats, 45% low-glycemic, slow burning carbs, and 15% fats.  Fats should be monounsaturated such as olive oil.

This ratio is good at balancing blood sugar levels and keep insulin levels low.  It also will help with cortisol and glucagon levels.

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Optimize hormones with amino acids

Arginine, Glutamine, Lysine, Glycine, Ornithine, and Citrulline are all natural, safe, and readily available amino acids that will cost you less than $1.00 a day to supplement with.

As I mentioned earlier, the impact of these supplements is dependent on when you take them and how much you take.  Cycle  testosterone supplements

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hGH Release - A Complex Process

For natural hGH release to have an effect, other organs need to function optimally.

The pituitary gland and hypothalamus need to function well for HGH release.  The liver needs to be healthy for HGH to be converted to insulin-like growth factor.

Proper pancrease function is needed for optimum insulin and blood sugar levels.  It also affects cortisol and glucagon levels.

The pituitary and hypothalamus

The natural HGH releasers discussed earlier in combination with other nutrients such as niacin, can trigger HGH release by the pituitary.

They're also known to suppress somatostatin, another hormone which inhibits release of hGH.

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Why is exercise so important for hGH release?

The Liver

Continuously under stress, the liver filters toxins from your system.  Your liver's health has an impact on the conversion of human growth hormone to Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1).

HGH is short-lived, lasting only about 30 minutes in the bloodstream.  HGH reaches the liver and is converted to IGF-1, which stimulates tissue rebuilding, growth, and cell repair.

Unlike HGH, IGF-1 is in your bloodstream much longer than 30 minutes.

The Pancreas

Glucose intolerance can lead to high blood sugar levels and high insulin levels.  These high levels can greatly impact  human growth hormone.  Glucose intolerance can increase as you grow older.  

High blood sugar can cause the pituitary to restrict hGH production.  At the same time the pancreas releases insulin.  High insulin shuts down hGH production.  Concurrently, as insulin production goes up, so does cortisol. Cortisol has the opposite effect of anti aging:

* High cholesterol

* Hypoglycemia

* Memory loss

* Wrinkles and hair loss

* Reduced hormone sensitivity which raises insulin levels, lowers testosterone.

Low blood sugar, on the other hand, causes the pituitary to produce HGH, inducing fat burning.  This typically happens during sleep when you have no food intake.