Friday, November 19, 2004

Creatine boosts HGH, IGF-1,Testosterone & Insulin

Some research indicates creatine monohydrate can raise growth hormone equal to that of intense exercise. Human Growth hormone (HGH) plays an essential role in the regulation of body fat levels, immunity, muscle mass, wound healing, bone mass and many other bodily functions. It is well established that HGH levels steadily decline as we age and is partially responsible for the steady loss of muscle mass, loss of skin elasticity, immune dysfunction and many other physical changes that take place in the aging human body.HGH is produced at a rate that peaks during adolescence, at time when normal growth is accelerated. The production of human growth hormone decreases with age, 14% each year on average. Humans normally produce about 500 micrograms of growth hormone daily at age 20.It is secreted in pulses by the pituitary gland. These pulses vary between 10 and 30 per day and can be strengthened by exercise. By age 80, the daily production falls to 60 (or less) micrograms. Studies on exercising versus sedentary healthy men showed that only one-fourth of the the decline in lean lean tissue mass is caused by disuse while three-fourths is caused by the aging process.Therefore, the possible effects of creatine on HGH is worth exploring in aging populations.

One study found creatine could mimic the increased HGH levels seen after intense exercise. In this study, researchers gave six healthy male subjects 20 grams of creatine monohydrate in a single dose under resting (non-exercising) conditions. The researcher's found that all subjects showed a "significant" increase of HGH in the blood during the six-hour period after creatine ingestion. For the majority of subjects the maximum HGH concentration occurred between two and six hours after ingesting the creatine.

The conclusion of the study was "In resting conditions and at high dosages creatine enhances GH secretion, mimicking the response of strong exercise which also stimulates GH secretion." These researchers felt that the effects of creatine on GH could be viewed as one of creatine's anabolic properties with the lean mass and strength increases observed after creatine supplementation. Although creatine supplementation has been found to increase lean muscle mass and strength in many studies, the effects of creatine on those tissues via GH enhancement has yet to be explored. This also leads on to the fact that increasing HGH also increases IGF-1, testosterone and insulin...3 other extremely anabolic hormones...So the benefits of creatine supplementation could be far more reaching than first supposed...

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