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2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Results and Winners

2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

USA Championships
May 5            
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Organizer: Jim Manion
Phone: 412-276-5027
Website: http://www.ifbbpro.com/
Event: IFBB

This event is an NPC NATIONAL QUALIFIER . The top five competitors in each weight, class and age group were awarded trophies plus an overall award where there were multiple classes. A whole lot of enthusiasts took part in the 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro but only a few qualified. HGH.com a leader in online HGH, bodybuilding and fitness supplements congratulate all the participants of the 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro that was held in Pittsburgh, The championships included events such as bodybuilding, physique, bikini, and figure.

Following are the top overall winners for each of the events:

FIGURE
1. ANDREA POLLARD
2. MARIA LUISA BAEZA-DIAZ
3. SARA FORD
4. JESSICA REYES PADILLA
5. CARLY STARLING-HORRELL
6. CAROLYN HUDSON-HARRIS
7. GEORGINA LONA
8. IVANA IVUSIC
9. CHELSEA LARSON
10. ODALYS FERREIRA
 

ANDREA POLLARD figure overall 1st 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

          MARIA LUISA BAEZA-DIAZ figure overall 2nd 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

ANDREA POLLARD
Figure Overall (1st)
MARIA LUISA BAEZA-DIAZ
Figure Overall (2nd)

 

BIKINI
1. MICHELLE SYLVIA
2. CASEY SAMSEL
3. CAROLINA ARAUJO
4. CATHERINE RADULIC
5. SHEENA JAYNE MARTIN
6. JESSICA SCHIEFER
7. ROMINA BASUALDO
8. ISHA BARROW
9. BIANCA BERRY
10. MONICA ELLIS

MICHELLE SYLVIA Bikini Overall 1st 2017 IFBB Pitsburgh Pro

            CASEY SAMSEL Bikini Overall 1st 2017 IFBB Pitsburgh Pro

MICHELLE SYLVIA
Bikini Overall (1st)
CASEY SAMSEL
Bikini Overall (2nd)

 

Men's Physique
1. RAYMONT EDMONDS
2. ANDRE FERGUSON
3. GEORGE BROWN
4. MOHAMMAD BUQAMBAR
5. ANTOINE WILLIAMS
6. MAURICE BENTON
7. CHASE SAVOIE
8. GEOBANNY PAULA
9. CHRIS WHITE
10. SCOTT DENNIS
11. JOHN NGUYEN
12. LANCE WATSON
13. SHAWN LABEGA
14. CORWYN COLLIER
15. EPHFRAM LAWHORNE

RAYMONT EDMONDS Men's Physique overall 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

           ANDRE FERGUSON Men's Physique overall 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

RAYMONT EDMONDS
Men's Physique overall (1st)
ANDRE FERGUSON
Men's Physique overall (2nd)

MEN'S CLASSIC PHYSIQUE
CLASS A
1. CHRIS BUMSTEAD
2. DIVINE WILSON
3. LEE BANKS
4. COURAGE OPARA
5. DANI YOUNAN
6. JAMIE LEROYCE
7. MEHDI LARIJANI
8. PANEXCE PIERRE
9. SHARIF REID
10. DARON LYTLE
11. FRANK GRIFFIN
12. KELLY BURKE
13. JAMES DAVIS
14. CHRISTOPHER FORD
15. CHARLES THORNTON

CHRIS BUMSTEAD men's Men's Classic Physique overall 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

           DIVINE WILSON Men's Classic Physique overall 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

CHRIS BUMSTEAD
Men's Classic Physique Overall (1st)
DIVINE WILSON
Men's Classic Physique Overlll (2nd)

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2017 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro. Official Final Results Scorecard listed at NPC - Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic Results & Winners

2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

Beach Bodies Classic
July 25            
Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place,
Satellite High School Theater, 300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach, Fl 32937
Organizer: Maz Ali, NPC
Phone: 321-768-0200
Event: NPC

Beach Bodies Classic is known for its amazing atmosphere and competitors from all around the areas who enter this competition to showcase their posing skills and challenge with the very best to make it to the pro level. Congratulations to all participants of the 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic held in Satellite Beach, Florida. The championships were hosted by Maz Ali and included events such as bodybuilding, physique, bikini, and figure. This national qualifier show hosted many great looking competitors from all around the nation. HGH.com, a leading manufacture of natural HGH Pills and best bodybuilding supplements is proud to present the winners from each event. 

Following are the top overall winners for each of the events:

Men's Bodybuilding heavyweight Winner
1. MICHAEL STRAIM

Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding
1. DAVID RICH
2. PAUL LINTON
3. JOHN FRUGOLI
4. MIKE HILL
 

David Rich Light Heavyweight Winner 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

          Paul Linton Light Heavyweight 2nd 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

David Rich
Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st)
Paul Linton
Light Heavyweight Bodybuilding (2nd)

 

Middleweight Bodybuilding
1. VINCENT IORIO

Lightweight Bodybuilding
1. PASCUAL VALENTIN
2. BRYCE WRIGHT

Novice Bodybuilding
1. PAUL LINTON
2. JOHN FRUGOLI
3. PASCUAL VALENTIN
4. BRYCE WRIGHT

Teen Bodybuilding
1. BRYCE WRIGHT

Masters over 35 Bodybuilding
1. DAVID RICH
2. JOSEPH KIYOSE
3. BRETT FERNANDEZ
4. RALPH ROBINSON

Masters over 50 Bodybuilding
1. JOSEPH KIYOSE
2. MIKE HILL

Figure Class A
1. JENNIFER HILL
2. KAYLA OBREIN
3. JANIS LONG
4. LINDA DOYLE

Kelsey Diaz Figure Class B 1st 2015 npc Beach Bodies Classic

            Jennifer Hill Figure Class A 1st 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

Kelsey Diaz
Figure Class B (1st)
Jennifer Hill
Figure Overall Winner and Class A (1st)

 

Figure Class B
1. KELSEY DIAZ
2. KELLY STONE

Figure Class C
1. THERESA REGAN
2. NIKKI WOXBERG
3. KRISTI LOWENTHAL
4. ALLISON GIVENS

Figure Masters Over 30l
1. NICOLE NERSTHEIMER
2. ALLISON GIVENS

Figure Masters Over 40l
1. JENNIFER HILL
2. NIKKI WOXBERG
3. THERESA REGAN
4. JANIS LONG
5. ANGELA IORI

Bikini Class A
1. ZDRAVKA MAKSUROVA
2. ANNA FOX
3. CHRYS ROLLY
4. KATIE PAQUETTE
5. MELISSA WALLACE

ZDRAVKA MAKSUROVA Bikini Class A Overall Winner 2015 NPO Beach Bodies Classic

           Anna Fox bikini class a second 2015 npc Beach Bodies Classic

ZDRAVKA MAKSUROVA
Bikini Class A (1st)
ANNA FOX
Bikini Class A (2nd)

 
Bikini Class B
1. KATHERINE ADAMITIS
2. ANGELICA HANKINS
3. MELISSA SONNENBERG
4. NICOLE TOOLIN
5. PARKER BRANTON

Bikini Class C
1. JILL MORROW
2. KIERA JOHNSON
3. ALYSSA CARUSO
4. K. REILY SWITZER
5. SAMANTHA TIRRI

Bikini Teen
1. TAYLOR FUTCH
2. SAMANTHA TIRRI

Bikini Masters
1. KATHERINE ADAMITIS
2. ZDRAVKA MAKSUROVA
3. JILL MORROW
4. MELISSA WALLACE

Mens Physique Class A
1. KEITH MCINTOSH
2. PAUL LINTON
3. JOSEPH KIYOSE
4. NICOLAS SERRANO

KEITH MCINTOSH Physique Class A Overall Winner 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

           PAUL LINTON Physique Class A 2nd 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic

KEITH MCINTOSH
Physique Class A (1st)
PAUL LINTON
Physique Class A (2nd)


Mens Physique Class B
1. KWI RUBIO
2. SEAN ADAM
3. ADAM WRIGHT
4. JUSTIN HUMBERGER
5. SEAN MILLER

Mens Physique Class C
1. TED BAKER
2. TOM MOREY
3. JESSE AYRES
4. ROGER BROCHU
5. JASON PAQUETTE

Teen
1. JAMES CARLSON
2. DENZEL DIXON
3. CHARLES WILSHIRE

Mens Physique Masters Over 35
1. SEAN ADAM
2. ADAM WRIGHT
3. Michael Deguzman
4. ROGER BROCHU
5. TOM MOREY

Mens Physique Masters Over 50
1. MARK RASKIND

Womens Physique Class A
1. KODY JENKINS
2. STELLA TOBIN
3. DEIDRE LENOIR CANNON
4. Danika Erlano
5. Linda Mederos

Womens Physique Class B
1. NICOLETTE BURTON

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Beach Bodies Classic Championships. To see all results and photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_beach_bodies_classic/>

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.




Cowhage Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Cowhage, or Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna pruriens – also known as cowhage, cowitch or velvet bean – is a plant that grows in tropic and sub-tropic regions. It is classified as a legume and has seed-producing pods. If the hairy outer covering of the pods touches human skin, it can cause contact dermatitis and severe itching; however, extracts from the plant have long been used in traditional medicine. Today, Mucuna pruriens is often used as an ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, such as HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH and Anapolan-MAX 50.

Functions of Cowhage

While Mucuna pruriens is technically classified as a vegetable, its extract is more commonly consumed in the form of medicine or supplements. Cowhage is a good natural source of levodopa, or L-dopa, which in the human body serves as a precursor for the neurotransmitter dopamine. Since L-dopa is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, cowhage has been widely studied for its potential in this area. In addition, cowhage extract is noted for its anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties, which are also believed to be due to the presence of L-dopa. And because L-dopa has been shown to stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) secretion and synthesis, some experts believe that the L-dopa in cowhage may act as an HGH releaser.

Sources of Cowhage

Indigenous to southern China and eastern India, Mucuna pruriens is cultivated in Asia, Africa, and parts of North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. The plant is rich in protein and minerals; and in some cultures, cowhage pods and beans are prepared as food. In Mexico and Guatemala, the seeds are roasted and used as a coffee substitute known as “Nescafe” (though there is no relation to the trademarked coffee brand of the same name). However, in the United States, cowhage is most commonly used in extract form as an ingredient in medicines and dietary supplements.

Cowhage Benefits and Uses

As a natural source of L-dopa, cowhage has been most widely studied and used as a treatment for Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease. Evidence suggests it may also benefit other dopamine-related conditions, such as tardive dyskinesia. The plant’s L-dopa content has been shown to increase dopamine and testosterone levels in adult males while suppressing prolactin levels, which supports cowhage’s traditional use as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. Studies have also shown it can reduce cortisol levels, which in turn may lower perceived stress levels and contribute to a sense of well-being. Because L-dopa has been shown to stimulate HGH levels, cowhage extract is frequently used as an ingredient in health and bodybuilding supplements, in which it is believed to promote muscle growth and act as a fat-burner.

Numerous other positive effects have been attributed to cowhage extract, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. Various studies have explored its potential for treating diabetes, skin diseases and other pathologies. Cowhage has also been successfully used as an anti-venom that counters the toxic effects of some snake bites, such as from cobras and other vipers.

Side Effects of Cowhage and Potential Interactions

Supplements containing Mucuna pruriens extract are generally considered safe for healthy adults. Some minor side effects have been reported, such as nausea and a bloated feeling in the abdomen; less common side effects include vomiting, headaches, jitteriness and insomnia. However, individuals with certain medical conditions or anyone taking medications contraindicated for L-dopa should exercise caution when taking supplements containing cowhage extract. L-dopa can cause low blood pressure, lightheadedness and fainting in patients with cardiovascular disease, and it may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low in people with diabetes or hypoglycemia. The L-dopa in cowhage may also worsen some conditions, such as liver disease, melanoma, gastrointestinal ulcers or mental illness. Cowhage supplements should not be taken in conjunction with monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants or when taking methyldopa for hypertension. Moderate interactions may occur with other antihypertensive drugs (guanethidine), insulin, diabetes medications, antipsychotic drugs, tricyclic antidepressants or anesthesia.

More detailed safety information on cowhage side effects and interactions can be found on healthcare websites such as WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing cowhage extract.

Cowhage Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined the pharmacological effects of Mucuna pruriens extract, primarily in relation to its L-dopa content. A 2012 review published in Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine highlights the plant’s medicinal properties and related research findings, many of which are summarized above in the “Cowhage Benefits and Uses” section of this article. Research published in Clinical Neuropharmacology, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry have demonstrated the value of cowhage extract in treating the symptoms of Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, some studies suggest that cowhage extract may have advantages over conventional L-dopa preparations, such as reducing the risk of drug-induced dyskinesia (DID).

Research dating from the early 1970s to present has established that L-dopa has the potential to stimulate HGH secretion and synthesis, as documented in Clinical Interventions in Aging and in several studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. One study featured in Nutrition and Metabolic Insights specifically investigated the effects of a Mucuna pruriens (velvet bean) and Chlorophytum borivilianum blend supplement on serum growth hormone levels in exercise-trained men, and found that it produced an increase in circulating HGH levels.

Other studies have indicated that cowhage supplements may contribute to a wide range of health benefits, from treating male infertility to improving sleep quality. Animal studies also suggest that cowhage extract may help reduce blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids. However, further clinical studies are needed to definitively support these findings and their potential applications in humans.

For additional cowhage research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With Cowhage

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can harness the health benefits of cowhage through natural fitness and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Spray – This convenient HGH spray features a proprietary blend of ingredients designed to stimulate HGH release. In addition to L-dopa from cowhage seed extract, other natural ingredients include GABA, deer antler velvet, long jack and L-group amino acids. HGH 30,000 Spray is formulated to support muscle growth, mass gain, fat burning and other health benefits.

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of plant extracts, including cowhage seeds, maca, hawthorn berry and horny goat weed. As an over-the-counter HGH releaser, this supplement is intended to help athletes build lean muscle and gain increased energy, while also providing weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

A-MAX 50 – Anapolan-MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while increasing HGH production and testosterone levels. In addition to cowhage extract, the proprietary blend of ingredients in A-MAX 50 includes Tribulus terrestris, shilajit, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and L-tyrosine.

References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Examine.com. “Mucuna Pruriens”; published under “Supplements”; accessed June 16, 2015.

Gonzalez, Adam. “Supplement Spotlight: Get Shredded With Fat Burners”; Muscle & Fitness; accessed June 16, 2015.

Men’s Fitness Editors. “Fat Burner Buyer’s Guide Q&A”; Men’s Fitness; accessed June 16, 2015.

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Mucuna Pruriens”; published under “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide”; last reviewed April 8, 2014; accessed June 16, 2015, 2015.

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Cowhage”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed June 16, 2015.

Research Sources:

Alleman, Rick J., Jr.; Robert E. Canale; et al. “A Blend of Chlorophytum Borivilianum and Velvet Bean Increases Serum Growth Hormone in Exercise-Trained Men”; Nutrition and Metabolic Insights; October 2, 2011.

Chihara, Kazuo; Yoichi Kashio; et al. “L-Dopa Stimulates Release of Hypothalamic Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone in Humans”; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; March 1986.

Dharmarajan, Satheesh Kumar and Kottai Muthu Arumugam. “Comparative Evaluation of Flavone From Mucuna Pruriens and Coumarin From Ionidium Suffruticosum for Hypolipidemic Activity in Rats Fed With High Fat Diet”; Lipids in Health and Disease; October 2012.

Kansal, Prakash C.; John Buse; et al. “The Effect of L-Dopa on Plasma Growth Hormone, Insulin, and Thyroxine”; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; January 1972.

Katzenschlager, Regina; Alan C. Evans; et al. “Mucuna Pruriens in Parkinson's Disease: A Double Blind Clinical and Pharmacological Study”; Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry; December 2004.

Lampariello, Lucia Raffaella; Alessio Cortelazzo; et al. “The Magic Velvet Bean of Mucuna Pruriens”; Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine; October-December 2012.

Lieu, Christopher A.; Allen R. Kunselman; et al. “A Water extract of Mucuna Pruriens Provides Long-Term Amelioration of Parkinsonism With Reduced Risk for Dyskinesias”; Parkinsonism & Related Disorders; August 2010.
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Majekodunmi, Stephen O. Ademola A Oyagbemi; et al. “Evaluation of the Anti-Diabetic Properties of Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract”; Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine; August 2011.

McCarthy, Cameron G.; Rick J. Alleman; et al. “A Dietary Supplement Containing Chlorophytum Borivilianum and Velvet Bean Improves Sleep Quality in Men and Women”; Integrative Medicine Insights; 2012.

Müller, Thomas; Reiner Hellwig; and Siegfried Muhlack. “Levodopa Induces Synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor and Growth Hormone in Patients With Parkinson Disease”; Clinical Neuropharmacology; May-June 2011.

Shukla, Kamla Kant; Abbas Ali Mahdi; et al. “Mucuna Pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men”; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; March 2010.

Tan, Nget Hong; Shin Yee Fung; et al. “The Protective Effect of Mucuna Pruriens Seeds Against Snake Venom Poisoning”; Journal of Ethnopharmacology; June 22, 2009.

Walker, Richard F. “Primary Locus Intervention: A Novel Approach to Treating Age-Associated Hormone Insufficiency”; Clinical Interventions in Aging; December 2007.






The top 5 best natural growth hormone supplements

 
With all of the options for HGH supplements on the market today, we thought we would summarize the top 5 supplements that we think are the best natural growth hormone supplements available now. It's important to note that there are many different types of supplements available and all are meant to give you different benefits - not all are the same. It's especially important to note that since we are all genetically created differently, some pills work better for some people while other supplements are preferable to other people. Therefore, we at HGH.com try to develop supplements for all types of people and for as many functions as possible.

Our Top 5 Natural Growth Hormone Supplements (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
 

  1. Somatropinne HGH Somatropinne HGH is an HGH supplement that has dominated the industry for years. The proprietary ingredients are known to increase HGH levels in those who take it without side effects. Increasing your HGH levels will help rejuvenate your body and your muscle. -"This is by far the strongest HGH supplement I've taken. I'm very happy with this pill."
  2. "ANA-GH" - "ANA-GH" is a newer supplement that we created in late 2011. This revolutionary bodybuilding pills is designed to give you incredible mass gains with little to no side effects such as bloating, acne, upset stomach, headaches, etc... This supplement is so involved and enhanced with many different ingredients that we had to up the serving size to 8 pills per day.-"I love the ana-gh and look forward to buying it again, it has to be one of the supplements I've ever purchased."
  3. HGF MAX - "HGF MAX" is also a newer supplement that we created in early 2012. HGF Max is truly a revolutionary pill designed to increase your HGH levels to the Max! It's a completely different set of ingredients than our top seller Somatropinne. HGF Max contains so many different ingredients that have a synergistic effect working together that you will no doubt feel and look your best in years. For people looking to increase their Growth Hormone levels, HGF Max is a must!
  4. HGH 30,000 Spray - HGH Spray is a proven spray that will increase your HGH Levels and supplement your growth hormone. It is the #1 HGH Spray on the market and has a tremendous success rate, which is why we see so many reorders for the product by the same people. We modified the formula and improved it in 2010 by adding Deer Antler Velvet, which is scientifically proven to be similar to insulin like growth factors (IGF-1). Deer Antler Velvet simply increases the power of our HGH Spray.
    -"This product is truly great - I've seen incredible gains from it and I fully recommend it. I know that there are pro football players using this exact same spray!"
  5. HGH Testosterone 1500 - HGH Testosterone technically isn't a Growth Hormone Supplement as much as it is a Testosterone supplement. However, we have seen such amazing results with it increasing testosterone levels that we added it to our top 5. By increasing your testosterone levels, you can certainly improve your hormone levels. Our latest batch of HGH Testosterone 1500 includes "Long Jack" which is an incredible growth element. Added bonus for men - this pill will increase your libido!
For the top sellers, please go to http://www.hgh.com/hgh-best-sellers.aspx

 




Somatotropin/Somatropin Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Somatotropin Supplements and Somatropin Injections

Somatotropin—also known as human growth hormone (HGH) or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide produced by somatotrope cells in the pituitary gland. It supports skeletal growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in metabolism, body composition, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. In addition to the somatotropin naturally produced by the body, a synthetic form of HGH called somatropin is available with a doctor’s prescription. Certain health and bodybuilding supplements may also help increase somatotropin production through natural ingredients known as HGH releasers. Many of these ingredients can be found in the proprietary-blend formulas of Somatropinne HGH, Growth Factor Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms, A-MAX 50, and HGF MAX, among others.

Functions of Somatotropin

Children and adolescents require somatotropin for proper growth and development; those with an HGH deficiency may require somatropin injections to achieve normal height. In adults, somatotropin helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. It can also increase bone density, muscle mass, and protein synthesis as well as decrease body fat and improve exercise capacity. Because HGH production naturally declines with age, some adults take somatotropin-boosting supplements to enhance their athletic performance and combat the physical signs of aging.

Sources of Somatotropin/Somatropin

For most individuals, the primary source of somatotropin is the body’s endogenous production by the somatotropic cells of the pituitary gland. The body produces its highest levels of somatotropin during childhood and adolescence; these levels significantly decline when the individual reaches full adult height. Scientists have also developed a synthetic form of somatotropin known as somatropin or somatrem, using E. coli or mammalian cells to create therapeutic proteins in a laboratory setting. Somatropin is chemically identical to the somatotropin that is produced by the pituitary gland and administered by subcutaneous injection. It is a regulated substance, which means it can only be legally prescribed for FDA-approved uses.

Since somatropin injections are not legally available to healthy adults, those seeking the benefits of somatotropin may opt to take natural supplements that are designed to boost the body’s own HGH production. Certain amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers—including GABA, arginine, ornithine, glutamine, lysine, tyrosine and glycine—so dietary supplements containing these ingredients may help increase somatotropin levels.

Somatropin Benefits and Uses

The pituitary gland’s secretion of somatotropin supports bodily growth and development throughout childhood and adolescence, so the most common reason for prescribing somatropin is to treat children and teens with HGH deficiency or specific medical conditions. FDA-approved pediatric uses of somatropin include idiopathic growth hormone deficiency, Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency, short stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) deficiency, and idiopathic short stature.

Although HGH levels naturally decline with age, somatotropin continues to play a role throughout adulthood—helping to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and promoting organ, tissue and bone health. Somatropin may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which normally occurs due to a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or adenoma-related surgery or radiation treatments. It is also sometimes prescribed to prevent or minimize wasting in AIDS patients.

Somatropin injections can improve bone density, muscle mass and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and they can produce similar outcomes in healthy adults. As a result, some bodybuilders and athletes take somatropin to enhance their athletic performance and physique. However, it should be noted that somatropin cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes. Furthermore, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations have banned the use of HGH injections among athletes.

Given the potential repercussions associated with illegal somatropin injections, many bodybuilders, athletes and aging adults have starting taking natural HGH supplements to help the body increase its own somatotropin production. Proponents of somatotropin-boosting supplements report that these natural HGH releasers have helped them develop lean muscle, improve their strength and endurance, and recover from intense workouts and injuries more quickly. They also credit HGH supplements with enhancing their body composition and slowing the visible signs of aging.

Somatropin Side Effects

Individuals considering HGH injections should be aware of somatropin side effects and interactions. Some users have experienced an allergic reaction, with symptoms such as itching or rashes, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat. Other possible side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fluid retention, swelling of the hands or feet, muscle stiffness or pain, and burning, tingling or numbness in the skin. Somatropin may increase the risk of developing diabetes, cancer or pancreatitis, and it can cause dislocation of the hipbone that results in limping or knee/hip pain. Interactions have been recorded when somatropin is used with estrogen hormone replacement or glucocorticoids (such as prednisone or hydrocortisone), and somatropin can cause adverse effects in patients with diabetes, scoliosis, kidney disease and certain other medical conditions.

Somatotropin-boosting HGH supplements tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than somatropin injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the supplement’s ingredients.

More detailed safety information on somatropin side effects, interactions and precautions can be found on the Mayo Clinic website. For natural somatotropin-boosting supplements, refer to the relevant ingredient articles on HGH.com to learn about potential side effects and interactions. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before using somatropin injections or natural HGH supplements.

Somatotropin/Somatropin Research and Studies

Researchers have conducted numerous studies on both the natural and synthetic forms of somatotropin. Visit the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the latest somatotropin research and somatropin studies. For research on specific ingredients that have been shown to boost somatotropin levels, refer to the corresponding ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

You will discover there is a wealth of information on at HGH.com. We recently posted this related blog post on HGH/somatotropin: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural Somatotropin/HGH Releasers

Many of the health and bodybuilding supplements available from HGH.com are formulated to naturally increase somatotropin/HGH levels. These products include:

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of L-arginine, cowhage, maca and horny goat weed. As an over-the-counter somatotropin releaser, this supplement is formulated to help athletes gain lean muscle and increased energy while also providing weight-loss and anti-aging benefits.

HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and HGH 30,000 Nanograms Spray –Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram HGH pills and spray are designed to promote somatotropin production, muscle growth, increased energy and other health benefits. They contain a powerful combination of amino acids—including L-glutamine, L-arginine, L-ornithine, L-lysine, L-glycine, L-valine and L-tyrosine —as well as other natural ingredients such as colostrum, GABA, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), long jack and deer antler velvet.

Growth Factor Plus – As its name suggests, Growth Factor Plus is intended to support height growth as well as bone and joint health. Its proprietary blend of ingredients features amino acids such as L-arginine, L-ornithine, L-lysine, L-glycine, L-glutamine, and L-tyrosine.

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost somatotropin production, improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes arginine, GABA, glutamine, lysine, glycine, tyrosine, ornithine and deer antler velvet.

Ana-GH – These capsules contain a blend of L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as plant-based ingredients such as horny goat weed and maca. Ana-GH is intended to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting muscle mass and weight gains, improving protein synthesis, and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Anapolan-MAX 50 (A-MAX 50) – Anapolan-MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while boosting somatotropin production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), shilajit and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of DHEA, deer antler velvet, wild yam, Tribulus terrestris and other natural ingredients, ClenXDV is intended to help athletes and bodybuilders build muscle, lose weight and burn fat.

DBol-GH – This anabolic lean muscle gainer is designed to promote lean mass and muscle growth, support muscle recovery and naturally boost HGH levels with a proprietary blend of ingredients that include bovine colostrum, beta-ecdysterone, L-valine and L-leucine.

Dekka – With a blend of Korean ginseng root, yucca bark, wild yam root, and dehydroepiandrosterone, Dekka capsules are formulated to help bodybuilders achieve lean mass, weight gain, muscle building and bulking.

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of long jack, maca, Tribulus terrestris, ginkgo biloba and other natural ingredients that are intended to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while offering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

RoidX Juice – The ingredients in RoidX Juice are designed to help bodybuilders quickly develop muscle and gain weight in addition to supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of Vitamin E, Tribulus terrestris, shilajit and dehydroepiandrosterone.

Winstrol Max – Optimized for cutting cycles, Winstrol Max is formulated to promote lean mass gain and help athletes achieve ripped abs. Its powerful blend of ingredients includes L-group amino acids such as leucine, arginine and valine as well as oat straw (Avena sativa) extract and saw palmetto.

References:

Drug Enforcement Administration. “Human Growth Hormone”; DEA fact sheet; August 2013. <http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hgh.pdf>

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Somatropin Information”; published under “Drug Safety and Availability”; August 4, 2011. <http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm237839.htm>

Kamionka, Mariusz. “Engineering of Therapeutic Proteins Production in Escherichia Coli”; Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; February 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3179032>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, E-Coli Derived (Subcutaneous Route, Injection Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-e-coli-derived-subcutaneous-route-injection-route/description/drg-20071575>

Mayo Clinic. “Somatropin, Mammalian Derived (Injection Route, Subcutaneous Route)”; Mayo Clinic website; last updated April 1, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/somatropin-mammalian-derived-injection-route-subcutaneous-route/description/drg-20071668>

WebMD. “Somatropin Injection”; accessed June 9, 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6259/somatropin-injection/details>





Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, Supplements

Human growth hormone (HGH)—also known as somatotropin or simply as growth hormone (GH)—is a polypeptide hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. It promotes growth in children and adolescents, and plays a role in body composition, metabolism, muscle growth and tissue repair in adults. Beyond the human growth hormones naturally produced by the body, synthetic HGH—or recombinant HGH—is manufactured in laboratories and may be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Select health and bodybuilding supplements may also help boost human growth hormone levels with natural ingredients known as HGH releasers or HGH secretagogues. Many of these ingredients may be found in products such as HGH 30,000 Nanograms, Somatropinne HGH, Ana-GH, DBol-GH and Growth Factor Plus, among others.

Functions of Human Growth Hormone

HGH is required to support proper growth and development in children and adolescents, and it also plays a role in adult metabolism. Human growth hormone may help increase muscle mass, bone density, exercise capacity and protein synthesis, and may decrease body fat. It also helps maintain healthy tissues and organs. Since human growth hormone production naturally declines with age, many believe that HGH supplementation may help improve athletic performance and provide anti-aging benefits in adults.

Sources of HGH

As previously noted, the primary source of human growth hormone is the pituitary gland. HGH production peaks during childhood and adolescence, and substantially declines once full adult height is attained. Laboratory-manufactured synthetic HGH—also known as recombinant HGH, somatropin or somatrem—is another source of growth hormone available to some individuals. This injectable form of HGH may be prescribed to children and some adults that have been diagnosed with human growth hormone deficiency or specific medical conditions. Synthetic HGH is a regulated substance and may only legally be prescribed for FDA-approved uses. These include Turner’s syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic renal insufficiency and idiopathic short stature in children, as well as HGH deficiency and AIDS-related wasting in adults.

Since recombinant HGH is not legally available to healthy adults, many individuals rely on natural HGH supplements that are formulated to increase their body’s own production of human growth hormone. A number of amino acids are recognized as natural HGH releasers. These include L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and GABA.

Human Growth Hormone Benefits and Uses

The main purpose of HGH is to support human growth and development during childhood and adolescence, and this is the most common reason synthetic HGH is prescribed to young patients. However, human growth hormone continues to play a role throughout adulthood; it helps to regulate metabolism and protein synthesis and supports bone, tissue and organ health. Recombinant HGH may be legally prescribed to adults who have severe HGH deficiency, which typically results from a pituitary adenoma (tumor) or treatment of an adenoma with surgery or radiotherapy. Synthetic growth hormone is also sometimes prescribed to treat the wasting syndrome that may occur in individuals with AIDS.

Human growth hormone injections may increase muscle mass, bone density and exercise capacity in adults with HGH deficiency, and it may produce similar effects in healthy adults. For this reason, some athletes and bodybuilders take recombinant HGH to improve their physique and athletic performance, even though it cannot legally be prescribed for such purposes and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee and numerous sports organizations.

In light of the controversy and legal restrictions surrounding injectable HGH, a growing number of athletes, bodybuilders and aging adults have turned to natural HGH supplements that may help boost the pituitary gland’s secretion of human growth hormone. Many report that L-group amino acids and other natural HGH releasers have helped them build lean muscle, enhance bodily strength, increase athletic endurance, tone their physique, recover faster from intense workouts and injuries, and minimize or reverse the visible signs of aging.

HGH Side Effects

Synthetic human growth hormone injections are associated with a number of side effects that may range widely in severity. Among the more serious HGH side effects some patients have experienced are atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), and abnormal growth of bones and internal organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. HGH may also increase the risk of developing diabetes and may cause cancerous tumors to grow in size. Other human growth hormone side effects include: edema (swelling caused by excess fluid in tissues); carpal tunnel syndrome; joint, muscle or nerve pain; numbness or tingling sensations in the skin; headaches; dizziness; blurred vision; chest pain; irregular heartbeat; and a rash or itching near the injection site.

Natural HGH supplements, in general, tend to have fewer and less severe side effects than synthetic growth hormone injections; however, the side effects and interactions will vary depending on the ingredients.

More detailed safety information on synthetic HGH side effects maybe found on the Mayo Clinic website under the “Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)” entry. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before using synthetic human growth hormone injections or HGH supplements.

HGH Research and Studies

A wide body of research exists on human growth hormones, including naturally produced HGH, recombinant HGH and ingredients that function as HGH releasers. Refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an overview of the latest HGH research or to search for articles highlighting the results of human growth hormone studies. For research on specific ingredients that function as HGH releasers, refer to the relevant ingredient articles on the HGH.com blog.

HGH.com Supplements With Natural HGH Releasers

Many of the health and bodybuilding supplements available from HGH.com are formulated to naturally increase HGH levels. These products include:

HGH Pills and HGH Spray – Available as HGH pills or an oral spray, Purity Select’s 30,000 Nanogram products are designed to promote human growth hormone production, muscle growth, increased energy. They contain a powerful combination of L-group amino acids—including L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and L-valine—and other natural ingredients, such as colostrum, cowhage (mucuna pruriens), deer antler velvet, GABA and long jack.

Growth Factor Plus – As its name implies, Growth Factor Plus is intended to promote height growth while also supporting bone and joint health. Its proprietary blend of ingredients features L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine and L-tyrosine.

Somatropinne HGH – Purity Select’s natural Somatropinne HGH capsules contain a proprietary blend of plant extracts, including maca, cowhage and horny goat weed as well as L-arginine. As an over-the-counter HGH releaser, this supplement is formulated to help athletes gain lean muscle and increased energy while also providing weight-loss and may minimize the signs of aging.

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost HGH production, improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes GABA, L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, L-tyrosine and deer antler velvet.

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains L-group amino acids such as L-leucine and L-valine as well as other natural ingredients, including maca and horny goat weed. This supplement is intended to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting muscle mass and weight gains, improving protein synthesis, and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Anapolan-MAX 50 (A-MAX 50) – Anapolan MAX is formulated to support lean muscle gain while boosting HGH production and testosterone levels. Its proprietary blend of ingredients includes L-tyrosine, shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, cowhage (mucuna pruriens) and dehydroepiandrosterone.

ClenXDV – Featuring a proprietary blend of Tribulus terrestris, wild yam, deer antler velvet, DHEA and other natural ingredients, ClenXDV is intended to help athletes and bodybuilders build muscle, lose weight and burn fat.

DBol-GH – This anabolic lean muscle gainer is designed to promote lean mass and muscle growth, support muscle recovery and naturally boost HGH levels with a proprietary blend of ingredients that include beta-ecdysterone, L-leucine, L-valine and bovine colostrum.

Dekka – With a blend of wild yam root, yucca bark, Korean ginseng root and dehydroepiandrosterone, these capsules are formulated to help bodybuilders achieve weight gain, lean mass, bulking and muscle building.

Testosterone Plus – HGH Testosterone Plus features a proprietary blend of maca, long jack, ginkgo biloba, Tribulus terrestris and other natural ingredients that are intended to help build muscle, aid in muscle recovery and boost energy while offering sexual health benefits such as improved libido and stamina.

RoidX Juice – The ingredients in RoidX Juice are designed to help bodybuilders quickly gain muscle and weight while supporting muscle recovery. RoidX Juice capsules contain a proprietary blend of shilajit, Tribulus terrestris, Vitamin E and dehydroepiandrosterone.

Winstrol Max – Optimized for cutting cycles, Winstrol Max is formulated to promote lean mass gain and help athletes achieve ripped abs. Its powerful blend of ingredients includes L-group amino acids such as L-arginine, L-leucine and L-valine as well as saw palmetto and oat straw (Avena sativa) extract.

References:

Drug Enforcement Administration. “Human Growth Hormone”; DEA fact sheet; August 2013. <http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hgh.pdf>

Dunkin, Mary Anne. “Human Growth Hormone (HGH)”; WebMD; December 30, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/human-growth-hormone-hgh>

Fordyce, Tom. “Human Growth Hormone Explained”; BBC Sport; July 27, 2003. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/3101343.stm>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed June 5, 2015. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Mayo Clinic. “Drugs and Supplements: Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route)”; May Clinic website; last updated April, 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/growth-hormone-parenteral-route/description/drg-20069416>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Human Growth Hormone: Does It Slow Aging?”; Mayo Clinic website; February 1, 2014. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/growth-hormone/art-20045735>

Mayo Clinic Staff. “Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks”; Mayo Clinic website; December 12, 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/performance-enhancing-drugs/art-20046134>




GABA Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, or GABA

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, more commonly known as GABA, is a non-protein amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter. GABA and its precursor, glutamate, are the most abundant neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, particularly in the cerebral cortex. Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter while GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, so their actions are complementary. In addition to being produced within the body, GABA is also available as an ingredient in select health and bodybuilding supplements such as HGF MAX and HGH 30,000 Nanograms spray.

Functions of GABA

As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA balances the excitatory effect of glutamate in the developed brain and helps to control cortical stimulation. Due to this action, GABA can have a calming or tranquilizing effect, including anxiolytic and anti-convulsive properties. Evidence suggests it may also stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) production, thereby serving as a natural HGH releaser.

Sources of GABA

GABA is produced by the body, where it is synthesized from glutamate through decarboxylation. While GABA is not naturally found in fresh foods, it can be created through lactobacillus fermentation; therefore, GABA may be consumed in fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kefir and yogurt, as well as in GABA-fortified foods. In addition, foods that contain GABA’s precursors—glutamic acid or L-glutamine—can help boost GABA levels. Dietary sources of glutamate/glutamine include whole grains, brown rice, beef liver, pork, halibut, mackerel, lentils, broccoli, bananas and tree nuts. Vitamins B-6 and B-12 are required for GABA synthesis, so taking these vitamins may help support GABA production. Finally, GABA may also be consumed orally as an ingredient in natural dietary supplements.

GABA Benefits and Uses

Evidence has shown that GABA may help treat hypertension, so it is sometimes used in medications that are designed to lower blood pressure. The method of action appears to be due to GABA’s ability to suppress the sympathetic nervous activity that leads to high blood pressure. GABA’s anticonvulsant properties suggest that it may be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in some individuals, while its calming effects may help reduce stress, relieve anxiety, elevate mood, and improve focus and concentration.

A number of studies have indicated that GABA may act as a natural HGH releaser, or HGH secretagogue. In light of its potential to stimulate HGH production, GABA-containing supplements are often taken to support lean muscle growth, decrease body fat and enhance exercise tolerance. Furthermore, GABA is believed to have an analgesic effect, so it may help to alleviate feelings of pain or soreness after an intense workout.

Side Effects of GABA and Potential Interactions

GABA supplementation is generally considered safe for healthy adults; no side effects have been reported at commonly administered dosages. However, since GABA has been shown to reduce blood pressure, supplements containing GABA may increase the risk of hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) when taken in conjunction with antihypertensive drugs.

More detailed safety information on GABA side effects and interactions can be found in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (subscription required). As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing GABA.

GABA Research and Studies

Many researchers have explored the use of GABA to treat medical conditions such as hypertension and anxiety. Numerous animal and human studies—including some published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and Transgenic Research—have revealed GABA’s ability to lower blood pressure in cases of hypertension. Other studies have demonstrated its relaxing, immunity-enhancing and anti-anxiety effects. According to an article in BioFactors, GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety; and evidence suggests it may enhance immunity under stress conditions. An animal study published Neuroscience found that GABA decreases anxiety-like behavior in rats. Furthermore, researchers documented GABA’s neuroprotective effects in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, which reported that GABA-producing Lactobacillus buchneri protected neuronal cells against neurotoxicant-induced cell death. Some researchers have explored the potential of GABA to be used in an analgesic capacity for pain relief—as described in Advances in Pharmacology, Neurochemical Research and the European Journal of Pharmacology—though further evidence is needed to accurately evaluate its effectiveness for this use.

Multiple studies have indicated that GABA is capable of promoting human growth hormone (HGH) secretion; relevant findings have been published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Acta Endocrinologica, Medicine and Sport Science, and other journals and textbooks. One study featured in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise examined the effect of GABA ingestion on immunoreactive growth hormone (irGH) and immunofunctional growth hormone (ifGH) release at rest and after exercise, and found that GABA elevates both resting and post-exercise HGH concentrations. Bodybuilders and athletes often take GABA supplements to help increase muscle growth, enhance muscle tone, burn fat and improve exercise tolerance. However, while GABA has been shown to stimulate HGH secretion, further clinical studies are needed to prove a direct correlation between GABA and other purported health and fitness benefits.

For additional GABA research, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With GABA

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can leverage the potential benefits of GABA through natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX is intended to boost HGH production with a proprietary blend of ingredients, including GABA and key amino acids. This powerful dietary supplement can help improve muscle tone, build muscle, promote fat loss, boost energy and increase metabolism.

HGH Spray – HGH 30,000 Nanograms is designed to stimulate HGH release through a combination of GABA, L-group amino acids and other natural ingredients. Available in a convenient spray form, this product is formulated to support muscle growth, mass gain, fat burning and other benefits.

References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

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Haas, Ryan. “The Effectiveness of GABA as a Weightlifting Supplement”; published in the “Sports and Fitness” section on Livestrong.com; October 24, 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/442474-the-effectiveness-of-gaba-weight-lifting-supplement>

Hunt Renee. “A List of Foods With the Highest GABA”; published in the “Food and Health” section on Livestrong.com; April 19, 2015. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/478780-a-list-of-foods-with-the-highest-gaba>

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)”; Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database; updated April 9, 2014. <http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=464&fs=ND&searchid=51623304>

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Stellpflug, Craig. “For a Healthy Brain and Nervous System – Gotta Have GABA”; Natural News; August 13, 2012. <http://www.naturalnews.com/036778_GABA_brain_health_nervous_system.html>

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Cavagnini, Francesco; Giampiero Benetti; et al. “Effect of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid on Growth Hormone and Prolactin Secretion in Man: Influence of Pimozide and Domperidone”; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; October 1980. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7419665>

Cavagnini, Francesco; Cecilia Invitti; et al. “Effect of Acute and Repeated Administration of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) on Growth Hormone and Prolactin Secretion in Man”; Acta Endocrinologica; February 1980. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7376786>

Cho, Yu Ran; Ji Yoon Chang; and Hae Choon Chang. “Production of β-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) by Lactobacillus Buchneri Isolated from Kimchi and Its Neuroprotective Effect on Neuronal Cells”; Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology; January 2007. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18051360>

Enna, S.J. and Kenneth E. McCarson. “The Role of GABA in the Mediation and Perception of Pain”; Advances in Pharmacology; 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17175808>

Hayakawaa, Kazuhito; Masayuki Kimura; et al. “Effect of a Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid-Enriched Dairy Product on the Blood Pressure of Spontaneously Hypertensive and Normotensive Wistar-Kyoto Rats”; British Journal of Nutrition; September 2004. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15469644>

Kowaka, Emi; Yasuka Shimajiri; et al. “Field Trial of GABA-Fortified Rice Plants and Oral Administration of Milled Rice in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats”; Transgenic Research; December 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25542346>

McCarson, Kenneth E. and S.J. Enna. “GABA Pharmacology: The Search for Analgesics”; Neurochemical Research; October 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24532294>

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Okita, Yoshimitsu; Harunobu Nakamura; et al. “Effects of Vegetable Containing Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid on the Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System in Healthy Young People”; Journal of Physiological Anthropology; 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19483370>

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Shimada, Morio; Takashi Hasegawa; et al. “Anti-Hypertensive Effect of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)-Rich Chlorella on High-Normal Blood Pressure and Borderline Hypertension in Placebo-Controlled Double Blind Study”; Clinical and Experimental Hypertension; June 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19811362>

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Online Supplement Store HGH.com Celebrates Brand Milestones Over 12-Year History

Bodybuilding and Natural Human Growth Hormone Supplement Company HGH.com Celebrates Brand Milestones Over 12-Year History

HGH.com was recently featured in Yahoo Finance, The Street, Region 8 ABC News, Health Technology.net, Pharmacy Choice, and many more top media outlets

"HGH.com has grown and evolved significantly over the past 12 years; but one thing that hasn't changed is our long-standing history of excellence," asserted Dan Smith of HGH.com. "We have earned a reputation for the highest-quality, most effective HGH supplements on the market, and our customers include everyone from amateur and professional bodybuilders to fitness enthusiasts and health buffs. And while we're committed to delivering the industry's best products, we're equally focused on providing an exceptional customer experience."

Smith notes that HGH.com is much more than an online vitamin and supplement store; he has continually added information, tools and resources through the years to create an extensive knowledge base for anyone looking to learn more about human growth hormones or obtain advice on nutrition and fitness. Consumers and the public at large can visit the HGH.com blog for detailed information on natural HGH supplement ingredients and uses, and for fitness and bodybuilding tips from IFBB pros and other experts. Additional resources are available on the HGH.com Facebook page, Twitter profile and YouTube channel.

"I'd like to thank our loyal customers for their ongoing support of HGH.com; our 12 years in business are a testament to their belief in us and the effectiveness of our products," said Smith. "We pledge to continue offering the industry's best natural HGH supplements, and we intend to upgrade our formulations and expand our product lines based on nutraceutical research as well as input from our IFBB pros and customers. I encourage consumers and the public to reach out to us with their questions, feedback and suggestions—we welcome it all!"

HGH.com Highlights Brand Evolution and Expansion, From Anti-Aging Solutions to a Full Range of Natural Health and Bodybuilding Supplements Created With Input From IFBB Pros - Read the full story on Yahoo Finance - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bodybuilding-natural-human-growth-hormone-124000821.html.




Bodyweight Training Videos & Tips

Building a Buff Body with Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight training is oftentimes overlooked and underrated. What's amazing is the body transforming results that bodyweight exercises can help you achieve. It's not like your body can distinguish between a barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell or your own bodyweight. All it really knows is how hard it needs to work to move the resistance. For example, if you're bench pressing, you use your pectorals, deltoids and triceps, but don't really work any other muscle groups, unless you make a conscious effort to do so. By performing bodyweight exercises, like one-arm push-ups, you're not only working your pecs, delts and triceps, but you're also incidentally working your lats, abs, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Another great thing about bodyweight training is that you can workout anytime wherever you are. You don't need any extra equipment and you don't even have to go to the gym.

We found a few videos that show numerous bodyweight exercises, including five of Coach Kozak's favorites, 44 of the best bodyweight exercises from Tee Major Fitness and a 30-minute bodyweight boot camp. Plus, we've added a special Pinterest board filled with bodyweight training tips, exercises and workouts.

Bodyweight Training with Coach Kozak

As a constant fixture in the health and fitness world for more than 15 years, Coach Kozak shares his innovative scientific method to training and nutrition. From professional athletes to soccer moms and even a Heisman trophy winner, Coach Kozak has brought extraordinary results to thousands of clients.

In this video, Coach Kozak with HASfit provides step-by-step video instruction for a full-body workout using bodyweight exercises alone. Take a glimpse at the training regimen he has in store for you:

  • Pistol Squat
  • Downward Dog to Chaturanga Push-up to a High Plank
  • Negative Manual Glute-Ham Raise
  • Sit up to a Russian Twist
  • Negative Negative Pull ups

Try the Best Bodyweight Exercises Ever

When it comes to using bodyweight training to build strength and muscle, there are three fundamental movements: push-ups, pull ups and squats. We've discovered that there are numerous variations of these essentials, as well as a variety of other bodyweight exercises you can incorporate into your workout schedule. Tee Major Fitness presents the 44 Best Bodyweight Exercises Ever:

1. Mountain Climbers
2. Dragon Walks
3. Jumping Lunges
4. Pike Roll out
5. Burpees
6. Hanging Knee to Elbow
7. Frozen V-Sit
8. Spiderman Push-up
9. Single Leg Burpee
10. Hindu Push-ups
11. Diamond Push-ups
12. Lawnmower Extension
13. Archer Push-up
14. Fingertip Push-up
15. Hanging Leg Raise
16. Clapping Push-up
17. Single Leg Box Jump
18. Chest Tap Push-up
19. Archer Pull-up
20. Clapping Pull-ups
21. Crucifix Push-ups
22. Hanging Wipers
23. Hanging Leg Raise over Lever
24. One-Arm Hanging Leg Lifts
25. Pistol Squat
26. L Seat
27. Muay Thai Push-ups
28. Dragon Flags
29. Ab Crunch Shredder Dips
30. Triple Clap Push-ups
31. Lalanne Push-ups
32. Muscle Ups
33. Standing Ab Wheel Roll outs
34. Bodyweight Tricep Extension
35. One-Arm Push-ups
36. One-Arm, One-Leg Push-ups
37. Thigh Slap Push-ups
38. Aztec Push-ups
39. Superman Push-ups
40. Hannibal for King Leg Flutters for Men
41. One-Handed Clap Push-ups
42. Back Flip Burpees
43. 360 Push-ups

Boot Camp-Style Bodyweight Workout

If you’re ready to intensify your bodyweight training, then you’ll love this 30-Minute Bodyweight Boot Camp Workout You Can Do Anywhere video. Adam Rosante, a celebrity trainer based out of New York City, leads the way in this half-hour of muscle pumping, sweat dripping full-body workout. He makes a wonderful point with this no excuses workout, “You’re going to use the body you have to create the body you want.”

This video includes a warm up, full workout and cool down, as well as lots of motivation from Adam along the way. Another nice thing about this workout is that if you don’t have enough time, the warm up nicely gets your blood flowing and is better than not working out at all.

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Overall Winners of the 2015 Gold Coast Muscle Classic

2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic held on February 14       
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Website: www.musclecontest.com   

Unlimited Men's Bodybuilding Winners

1. Siavash Fashi - 1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Middleweight (1st Overall)
2. Jai Johnson -1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Heavyweight (2nd Overall)
3. Nate Liebermann -1st Place Unlimited Bodybuilding Lightweight (3rd Overall)

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall Winners

1. Janelle Farnsworth - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ B (1st Overall)
2. Heather Mcallister - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ C (2nd Overall)
3. Jackie Peacock - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ A (3rd Overall)

Novice Bikini Overall Winners

1. Savannah Crayon - 1st Novice Bikini B over 5'4" to 5'6" (1st Overall)
2. Alex Frias - 1st Novice Bikini A up to 5'4" (2nd Overall)
3. Joy Snider - 1st Novice Bikini C over 5'6" (3rd Overall)

Open Bikini Overall Winners

 1. Alexandria Babbitt - 1st Open Bikini C over 5'2.5" to 5'4 (1st Overall Bikini Winner)
 - Adrienne Ochoa - 1st Open Bikini A up to 5'1"
 - Alexis Frias - 1st Open Bikini B over 5'1" to 5'2.5"
 - Savannah Crayon - 1st Open Bikini D over 5'4" to 5'5.5
 - Heather Mcallister - 1st Open Bikini E over 5'5.5" to 5'7"
 - Alice Carter - 1st Open Bikini F over 5'7"

Woman's Physique Overall Winners

1. Tanya Mah - 1st Womans Physique A (1st Overall Winner)
2. Katie Foster - 1st Womans Physique B (2nd Overall Winner)

Novice Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Roman Miranda - 1st Novice Mens Physique B (1st Overall)
2. Jacob Kamine - 1st Novice Mens Physique A (2nd Overall)
3. Michael Bruggink - 1st Novice Mens Physique C (3rd Overall

Unlimited Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Jason Churan - 1st Mens Physique E (1st Overall Winner)
2. Ronald Thoompson - 1st Mens Physique F (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Gilberto Ramirez - 1st Mens Physique D (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Levi Wohl - 1st Mens Physique B (4th Overall Winner)
5. Charles Giron - 1st Mens Physique C (5th Overall Winner)
6. Jacob Kamine - 1st Mens Physique A (6th Overall Winner)

Unlimited Figure Overall Winners

1. Betzy Baldger - 1st Unlimited Figure B (1st Overall Winner)
2. Christine Ajisafe - 1st Unlimited Figure D (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Jessica Piraro - 1st Unlimited Figure A (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Dakeisha Glenn - 1st Unlimited Figure C (4th Overall Winner)

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf









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