Growth hormone (GH), is also called somatotropin. It is a peptide hormone synthesized and by the somatotrophs in the anterior pituitary gland.The primary function of GH is to foster linear growth among children. Its secretion into the bloodstream is not regular but takes place in spurts which are regulated by the GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) or by somatostatin. Ghrelin is also proposed to have a minor stimulatory effect on GH secretion. GH, once released binds to the receptor present in the liver and cartilage causing the production of IGF-1. IGF-1, further stimulates a linear growth of bones via endocrine and paracrine or autocrine mechanisms, GH alone cannot perform the function, both GH and IGF-1 are required for normal linear growth.
Multiple options to choose from
GH supplements are not only used to treat medical conditions these days but they are also used to exploit the several beneficial metabolic effects that they have to offer. GH supplements contain few ingredients other than the GH also like several amino acids, vitamins and even a good amount of IGF-1 which is a chemical naturally produced by the stimulation from GH. It has been identified to work along with GH to bring about growth among users. Users can choose from a wide variety of options available in the market. Synthetic GH is available in forms such as drops, powder, cream, tablets, capsules and even sprays. A few natural GH resources are also used these days like deer antler sprays used by athletes. Its main component is deer antler velvet with inclusions of certain vitamins, minerals, and even herbal components.
While there are a number of options available at one’s disposal choosing the best is a tricky thing. Some forms are reasonably more effective than the others owing to differences in their physiological effects. For instance, tablets or capsules have to go through a long process before being able to perform their very function because their absorption into the bloodstream is slower. Getting into action at the muscles is far away yet. But for liquids and sprays they are directly absorbed by the mucosal lining of the mouth and the components get to their desired target faster.
Side effects follow sincerely
The use of GH supplements medically or clinically has been restricted to children or adults suffering from growth hormone deficiencies (GHD) of any kind. However, it is not suitable to use the GH therapy for normal children as that poses a health risk.
Even though one form of the supplement can be better than the other, it does not imply that there are no associated side-effects. Deer antler sprays used by athletes have gained the spotlight because of certain claims saying that Ray Lewis, winner of super bowl used it to recover from his journey though not accepted by the latter. Sprays might not have magical effects but are certainly regarded safer than tablets or capsules, but research is still going to confirm this. Side effects like a headache, muscle pain, joint pains, and nausea are common for any supplement for that matter but it is recommended that the user consults a doctor before taking any therapy of GH.