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2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships Results & Winners

2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships Results & Winners

July 18, 2015 Culver City, CA
Los Angeles Championships *National Qualifier*
Held in conjunction with the IFBB Pro FIGURE Championships *Olympia Qualifier*

Congratulations to all participants of the 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships. The Los Angeles Championships bodybuilding, figure, bikini, and physique competitions were held the weekend of July 18, 2015 in Culver City California. HGH.com, leading manufacturer of natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements, is proud to present the winners from each event.

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Overall Winner
Gerald Williams

Super Heavyweight
1. Gerald Williams
2. Taichi Shimizu
3. Michael Nicosia

Heavyweight
1. Duda Bueno
2. Percy Thomas
3. Landley Mannery
4. Jody Westby-Hanalie
5. Jesse Medina
6. Derric Santibanez

Gerald Williams   Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st) Overall (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

          Phillip Chiero Lightweight Bodybuilding (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

Gerald Williams
  Super Heavyweight Bodybuilding (1st) Overall (1st)
Phillip Chiero
Lightweight Bodybuilding (1st)


Light Heavyweight
1. Phillip Chiero
2. Nick Sampayan
3. Handal Saldana
4. Motoyuki Sakabe
5. Jesus Lopez
6. David Gomez
7. Jeff Richardson

Middleweight
1. Alexander Duran
2. Rudy Ramirez
3. John Kim
4. Itaru Naito
5. Marvin Echeverria
6. Orlando Plaza
7. Eduardo Munoz
8. Fernando Bueno
9. William Escobar

Novice Heavyweight
1. Jesse Medina
2. Blake Carwile

Novice Light Heavyweight
1. Ian Melgar
2. Jesus Lopez
3. David Gomez

Novice Lightweight
1. Ray Parra
2. Yasuhito Kashima
3. Raymond Fong

Novice Middleweight
1. Khatri Bijender
2. Eduardo Munoz
3. Fernando Bueno
4. William Escobar
5. Octavio Acevedo

Bantamweight
1. Christian Calimquim
2. Yasuhito Kashima
3. Nick Miane
4. Raymond Fong
5. Sheikh Safiullah

Masters Over 40
1. Duda Bueno
2. Motoyuki Sakabe
3. Jeff Richardson

   
FIGURE
Overall Winner
Anka Urbahn

Class A
1. Carol Theodore
2. Shiloh Walton
3. Neda Barkhordari
4. Berernice Molina
5. Ketsia Banos

Anka Urbahn Figure Class D (1st) & Overall (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

            Carol Theodore Figure Class A Winner (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

Anka Urbahn
Figure Class D (1st) & Overall (1st)
Carol Theodore
Figure Class A Winner (1st)

Class B
1. Catalina Freitas
2. Monica Carson

Class C
1. Rachel Spiro-Moore
2. Ingrid Clay
3. Sanna Ronkko
4. Tiffany Lavis
5. Nicole Perez
6. Inna Ort
7. Anna Bigham

Class D
1. Anka Urbahn
2. Jenna Morgenstein

Masters Over 35 Class A
1. Monica Carson
2. Susan Wilson

Masters Over 35 Class B
1. Anka Urbahn
2. Rebecca Snider
3. Tiffany Lavis

Masters Over 40
1. Rebecca Snider
2. Sanna Ronkko
3. Susan Wilson
4. Jenna Morgenstein

   
BIKINI
Overall Winner
Amanda Bucci

Class A
1. Katherine Alcantara
2. Racquel Symons
3. Lalayena Gamez
4. Stefani Arely Alvarenga
5. Yukie Ito
6. Ashley Sarault
7. Alexandra Baron
8. Aura Cordova

Amanda Bucci Bikini Class B (1st) Overall (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

           Katherine Alcantara Bikini Class A Winner (2nd) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

Amanda Bucci
Bikini Class B (1st) Overall (1st)
Katherine Alcantara
Bikini Class A Winner (2nd)

Class B
1. Amanda Bucci
2. Bernice Aurellano
3. Anya Zaya
4. Ana Foster
5. Shelley Flores
6. Yanin Zubiate
7. Chanly Kong
8. Crystal Hejazi
9. Sandra Nguyen
10. Sarah MacDonald

Class C
1. Ally Stone
2. Michelle Mata
3. Shannon Becerra
4. Olivia Timm
5. Katharine Ponder
6. Dusty Sanders
7. Giselle Razavian
8. Concepcion Martinez

Class D
1. Trina Staples
2. Francesca Sanges
3. Kelsey Jackson
4. Chrysa Baker
5. Jacquelyn Healy
6. Lauren Marae Gamboa
7. Maria Syngrou
8. Vanezza Villegas
9. Sara May
9. Sarah Thomas

Class E
1. Ashley Mcclure
2. Reem Abuyousef
3. Brianne Porter
4. Claudia Jaramillo
5. Christina Valles
6. Dana Hargreaves

Class F
1. Brianna Wilson
2. Sammantha Thomason
3. Lisa Avila

Novice Class A
1. Lalayena Gamez
2. Yanin Zubiate
3. Joanna Recinos
4. Crystal Hejazi
5. Yukie Ito
6. Sandra Nguyen
7. Ashley Sarault
8. Sarah MacDonald
9. Stephanie Clark-Poveda
10. Alexandra Baron
11. Onna Whiteman
12. Sharon Hoover
13. Stephanie Miguel

Novice Class B
1. Michelle Mata
2. Shannon Becerra
3. Shelley Flores
4. Olivia Timm
5. Giselle Razavian
6. Helena Kullgren

Novice Class C
1. Lauren Marae Gamboa
2. Vanezza Villegas
3. Megaen Sackrider

Novice Class D
1. Brianna Wilson
2. Brianne Porter
3. Sammantha Thomason
4. Angelica Motley
5. Christina Valles
6. Tamara Thompson

Masters Over 35 Class A
1. Shannon Becerra
2. Prema Moxie
3. Stephanie Clark-Poveda
4. Aura Cordova
5. Helena Kullgren
6. Onna Whiteman

Masters Over 35 Class B
1. Claudia Jaramillo

Masters Over 40 Class A
1. Prema Moxie
2. Yukie Ito
3. Stephanie Clark-Poveda
4. Deise Winkler
5. Sharon Hoover
6. Onna Whiteman

Masters Over 40 Class B
1. Eugenia Iermini
2. Dana Hargreaves
3. Tamara Thompson
4. Miriam Ramos

   
MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Overall Winner
Erik Drendel

Class A
1. Michael Ramirez
2. Jamie Mctizic
3. Leopoldo Billon
4. Almon Huang
5. Michael Shmakov
6. Jason Henshaw
7. Abraham Baez
8. Marquis Bond
9. Andrew Gutierrez
10. Manuel Campos

Erik Drendel Physique Class D (1st) Overall Winner (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

           Jesus Chavez Physique Class C Winner (1st) 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships

Erik Drendel
Physique Class D (1st) Overall Winner (1st)
Jesus Chavez
Physique Class C Winner (1st)

Class B
1. JK Kim
2. Iori Nishizawa
3. Christopher Clay
4. Yuta Udagawa
5. Jamarre' Townson
6. Eric Garcia
7. Christopher Monje

Class C
1. Jesus Chavez
2. Patrick Lakilak
3. Kenneth Whiting
4. Michael Vernon
5. Noah Riopelle
6. Juan Chavez
7. Joseph Wilder

Class D
1. Erik Drendel
2. Jaloni Williams
3. Aaron Baslow
4. Josh Sanchez
5. Sean Epps
6. Dan Lederer
7. Nicholas Bustos
8. Jeffery Williams
9. Julio Gamez
10. Mars Chaney
11. Danny Villa

Class E
1. Philip Murphy
2. Ray Velazquez
3. David Carlin
4. Nicholas Auzenne

Class F
1. Byron Marks
2. Mohsen Heidarpour
3. Sean Hamlin
4. Travis Tardiff
5. Greg Kohler
6. Mark Fudil

Novice Class A
1. Jason Henshaw
2. Abraham Baez
3. Marquis Bond
4. Khatri Bijender
5. Andrew Gutierrez
6. Manuel Campos
7. Sangmin Kim
8. Maxwell Veluz

Novice Class B
1. JK Kim
2. Iori Nishizawa
3. Yuta Udagawa
4. Juan Chavez
5. Jamarre' Townson
6. Christian Galvan
7. Jesus Lopez
8. Jonathan Posey
9. Joseph Wilder
10. Eric Garcia
11. Christopher Monje
12. Donald Allard
13. Cristian Ramirez

Novice Class C
1. Mohsen Heidarpour
2. Jaloni Williams
3. Aaron Baslow
4. Mars Chaney
5. Joshua Ramirez
6. Steven Acosta
7. Danny Villa
8. Nicholas Auzenne
9. Mark Fudil

Teen
1. Carl Amones
2. Paul Guerra
3. Mark Villagomez
4. Andrew Kevorkian

Masters Over 35 Class A
1. Michael Ramirez
2. Kelvin Lucas

Masters Over 35 Class B
1. Sean Hamlin
2. Andrew Benson
3. Richard Alvarez

Masters Over 40
1. Mars Chaney
2. Ray Velazquez
3. Frank Haralson
4. Richard Alvarez

 
To see all results and photos 2015 NPC Los Angeles Championships visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_los_angeles_championships/>

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




Happy 4th of July 2015 from HGH.com

Celebrating Independence with our HGH.com Family

Thanks to America's forefathers, and the numerous men and women who have fought for our independence over the last 239 years, we get to enjoy many freedoms in the United States. People from all over the country will celebrate these freedoms during the Fourth of July weekend, including the many that will be at IFBB and NPC competitions throughout the nation. We also have a special Independence Day sale everyone can enjoy, with 20% savings on orders over $100 on HGH.com.

Independence Day Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini & Figure Competitions

IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO PRO
NPC TIM GARDNER CHICAGO EXTRAVAGANZA

When:
July 3-4

Where:
Tinley Park Convention Center & Tinley Park Holiday Inn
Tinley Park, IL United States

Highlights:
July 2
•    IFBB athlete check-in
•    "Meet the Pros" media press conference

July 3
•    IFBB Pro Day I
•    MD Windy City International Model Search
•    Bench Press Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Deadlift Seminar UPA Powerlifting
•    Tinley Park Bulldogs Wrestling Competition

July 4
•    NPC Athlete Mandatory Meeting
•    NPC Competitions
•    IFBB Pro Day II
•    Parade of Fitness
•    National Anthem performed by Legacy, accompanied by Brett Gardner
•    Wings of Strength IFBB WPD Best Poser Award
•    NAS Illinois Strongest Man Competition

2015 NPC Universe Championships
BODYBUILDING · FIGURE · BIKINI · MEN'S & WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE CHAMPIONSHIPS & FITNESS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 3-4, 2015
IFBB PRO QUALIFIER · TEANECK, NJ
http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-universe

TEAM UNIVERSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:
July 3-4

Where:
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Teaneck, NJ

Highlights:
There will be more than 80 IFBB Pro Cards awarding during this IFBB Pro Qualifier competition.
July 3
Women's Pre-Judging
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Figure
•    Fitness – Two-Piece

July 4
Men's Pre-Judging
•    Bodybuilding
•    Men's Physique

Championship Finals
•    Fitness Routines
•    Women's Physique
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness – Two-Piece
•    Figure
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini


INDEPENDENCE DAY BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS
When:
July 4

Where:
Irving Convention Center
Irving, TX, United States

Highlights:
Thompson Muscle Contest presents the NPC Independence Day Classic, feature national qualifier competitions for:
•    Bodybuilding
•    Fitness
•    Figure
•    Bikini
•    Physique


MIAMI CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP
When:
July 4

Where:
James L. Knight Center
Miami, FL United States

Highlights:
Presented by George Prince & Pacheco's Physique Gym, the Miami Classic is a Figure, Physique and Bikini Championship.


2015 NPC PATRIOTS CHALLENGE
When:
July 4

Where:
The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Highlights:
This is a national qualifier competition for:
•    Men's Bodybuilding
•    Women's Physique
•    Men's Physique
•    Bikini
•    Figure

Make sure to stop back by the HGH.com blog next week to check out the results from these competitions. Now, go forth and celebrate your independence, as well as you unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!

 




2015 NPC Nevada State Championships Winners and Results

NPC Nevada State Championships
June 13            
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino,
825 Sequoia Pass Court, Sparks, NV 89436 United States
Organizer: Randy or Julie Green
Phone: 775-843-6605
Website: www.nvbodybuilding.com
Event: NPC

The 2015 NPC Nevada State Championships had a wonderful turnout with many participants. The day was full of events and contenders from different classes and age groups. HGH and bodybuilding supplement company, HGH.com is proud to present you with all the winners.

Following are the top overall winners for each of the NPC Nevada State Championships events:

 

Men's Bodybuilding Super Heavyweight Overall
1. Craig Baser
2. John Biggs

craig baser heavyweight winner npc nevada 2015

          john biggs heavyweight second place npc nevada 2015

Craig Baser
Men's Bodybuilding Super Heavyweight Overall (1st)
John Biggs
Men's Bodybuilding Super Heavyweight Overall (2nd)

 

Men's Bodybuilding Heavyweight Overall
1. Alex Cerati
2. Johann Heisey
3. Matt Beckman
4. Frank Cloud

Men's Bodybuilding Light Heavyweight Overall
1. Anthony Altamirano
2. Kevin Holmes
3. Joe Perroni
4. Chris Brouillard
5. Phillip Miller

Men's Bodybuilding Middleweight Overall
1. Sean Sangalang
2. Thomas Hussey
3. Kevin Wrenn
4. Chris Olmsted
5. Hector Sanchez

Men's Bodybuilding Lightweight Overall
1. Rockey Kidd
2. David Ayala-Gutierrez
3. Jason Kersey
4. Aaron Altamirano
5. Ghalen Cimino

Men's Bodybuilding Masters Over 40 Overall
1. Sean Sangalang
2. Chris Brouillard
3. Craig Baser
4. John Biggs
5. Hector Sanchez

Men's Bodybuilding Masters Over 50 Overall
1. Joe Perroni
2. Kevin Wrenn
3. Troy Wright
4. David Guttry
5. Arthur Peacock

Men's Bodybuilding Masters Over 60 Overall
1. Arthur Peacock
2. Michael Derogatis
3. Franz Nelson

Figure Class A Overall
1. Sara Chio
2. Kimberly Burgess
3. Alexis Gamboa
4. Lauren Neil
5. Christina Hotchkin

sara chio figure class overall winner npc nevada state 2015

           kelly hanson figure class b overall winner npc nevada state 2015

Sara Chio
Figure Class A Overall (1st)
Kelly Hanson
Figure Class B Overall (1st)

 

Figure Class B Overall
1. Kelly Hanson
2. Maria Pinto
3. Amanda Friday
4. Reenie Griffin
5. Courtney Parker

Figure Class C Overall
1. Kristina Castro
2. Jennifer Judd
3. Nicole Kudena
4. Vanessa Hobbs
5. Cynthia Trux

Figure Class D Overall
1. Mena Spodobalski
2. Nancy Kennedy
3. Janese Pierson
4. Erin Oksol
5. Hillary Hutchinson

Figure Masters Over 35 Overall
1. Kristina Castro
2. Jennifer Judd
3. Sara Chio
4. Nancy Kennedy
5. Nicole Kudena

Figure Masters Over 40 Overall
1. Frank Ortega

Figure Masters Over 45 Overall
1. Mena Spodobalski
2. Kimberly Burgess
3. Cynthia Trux
4. Janese Pierson
5. Cindy Firanski

Bikini Class A Overall
1. Barbara Anne Vergara
2. Brenna Munns

barbara anne vergara bikini class a overall npc state nevada 2015

           erika gentile bikini class b overall npc nevada state 2015

Barbara Anne Vergara
Bikini Class A Overall (1st)
Erika Gentile
Bikini Class B Overall (1st)

 

Bikini Class B Overall
1. Erika Gentile
2. Khala Vant
3. Megan Caughlin
4. Shawna Greer

Bikini Class C Overall
1. Christiana Lundeen
2. Leah Whyte
3. Jackie Peacock
4. Ashley Winter
5. Jeni Evenson

Bikini Class D Overall
1. Charlene Ruttenberg
2. Echo Reid
3. Dulce Drakulich
4. Sarah Gillenwater
5. Marleen Ahlquist

Bikini Class E Overall
1. Concha Taylen
2. Joleen Bryant
3. Stephanie Hill
4. Melissa Mckee
5. Rachel Oliveira

Bikini Class F Overall
1. Tawny Kline
2. Nicky Terwilliger
3. Jayme Van Erden
4. Sarah Smith

Novice Class A Overall
1. Jackie Peacock
2. Katie Pearce
3. Jessica Stack
4. Meghan Gibson
5. Barbara Anne Vergara

Novice Class B Overall
1. Charlene Ruttenberg
2. Hanna Yoon
3. Jahna Vaughn
4. Echo Reid
5. Sarah Gillenwater

Novice Class C Overall
1. Concha Taylen
2. Joleen Bryant
3. Nicky Terwilliger
4. Jessica Daum
5. Emily Paquette

Novice Master Class A Overall
1. Jackie Peacock
2. Jeni Evenson
3. Stacie Hancock
4. Erika Gentile
5. Amy Sunders

Novice Master Class B Overall
1. Concha Taylen
2. Tawny Kline
3. Marleen Ahlquist
4. Kelly Pettit
5. Cris Tipton

Men's Physique Class A Overall
1. Jason St. Onge
2. Jake Arroyo
3. Edzar Filipe

jason st onge mens physique overall class a npc nevada state 2015

           michael lopez mens physique class b overall npc nevada state 2015

Jason St. Onge
Men's Physique Class A Overall (1st)
Michael Lopez
Men's Physique Class B Overall (1st)

 

Men's Physique Class B Overall
1. Michael Lopez
2. Keith Craig
3. Derrick Weikel
4. Jackson Williams
5. Payton Guttry

Men's Physique Class C Overall
1. Alex Fong
2. Jacquear Robinson
3. John Sliney
4. Darren Goslar
5. Jeff Graham

Men's Physique Class D Overall
1. Anthony Sanchez
2. Daniel Jimenez
3. Chris Perkins
4. Brandon Carillo
5. Bryce Rivera

Men's Physique Masters Over 35 Overall
1. Rick Ackerson
2. Palani Collins
3. John Sliney
4. Chris Nelson
5. Shane Howell

Women's Physique Class A Overall
1. Tina Mauer Guadarrama

Women's Physique Class B Overall
1. Rachel Genthos
2. Sharon Bartleheim
3. Misha Furniss-Page

Women's Physique Class C Overall
1. Theresa Summers-Davis
2. Kortne Greene
3. Bridgette Dean
4. Kimberly Packer

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Nevada State Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://npcnewsonline.com/2015-ifbb-greater-gulf-states-official-score-cards/197198/. To see all results and photos visit - <http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_nevada_state_championships/>.

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




L-Lysine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Lysine, or 2,6-Diaminohexanoic Acid

Lysine – also known as L-lysine, Lys or (S)-2,6-diaminohexanoic acid – is an essential amino acid. This means that while lysine is important for maintaining good health, it is not manufactured by the body; therefore, it must be consumed through dietary sources or supplements. L-lysine can be found in high-protein foods and in select health and bodybuilding supplements, including HGH 30,000 Nanograms pills, HGF MAX, and CytoSport and Multi-Pro whey protein mixes.

Functions of L-Lysine

As an essential amino acid, L-lysine serves as a building block of protein and promotes proper growth. It plays an important role in producing carnitine and forming collagen within the body. Carnitine aids in converting fatty acids into energy and helps to lower cholesterol, while collagen supports bone health and tissue repair, particularly in the case of tendons, cartilage and skin. L-lysine also appears to help the body absorb calcium, and it has antiviral effects. Some evidence suggests it may stimulate human growth hormone (HGH) production, thereby serving as a natural HGH releaser.

Sources of L-Lysine

Dietary sources of L-lysine include protein-rich foods such as red meat, pork, poultry, certain types of fish (such as cod and sardines), eggs and cheese. Plant-based sources include tofu and other forms of soy, nuts and legumes (including beans, peas and lentils). L-lysine may also be consumed in natural dietary supplements.

L-Lysine Benefits and Uses

Some evidence suggests L-lysine acts as a natural HGH releaser, or HGH secretagogue. Because of this potential to stimulate HGH production, L-lysine supplements are often taken to improve athletic performance and enhance muscle growth. Furthermore, lysine’s role in bone health and collagen formation means that it can help athletes recovering from injury by supporting bone and tissue repair.

One of the most common uses of L-lysine leverages its antiviral properties to prevent outbreaks of cold sores and genital herpes resulting from the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It appears to work by blocking the activity of arginine, which stimulates HSV replication. Because L-lysine helps the body absorb calcium and promotes collagen production, researchers believe it may also help prevent bone loss due to osteoporosis.

Side Effects of L-Lysine and Potential Interactions

L-lysine supplements are generally considered safe for adults; no side effects have been reported by healthy users at standard dosages. However, excessive doses may contribute to gallstones or renal dysfunction. Individuals with kidney or liver disease are advised to confer with a doctor before taking L-lysine supplements. In addition, anyone using aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as gentamicin, neomycin or streptomycin) should be aware of possible interaction with L-lysine, which may increase the risk of nephrotoxicity.

More detailed safety information on L-lysine dosages, side effects and interactions can be found on the University of Maryland Medical Center website. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-lysine.

L-Lysine Research and Studies

Numerous studies have examined the use of L-lysine to treat medical conditions such as the herpes simplex virus (HSV), osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Researchers have reported that L-lysine appears to reduce the occurrence, severity and healing time of HSV infections and to minimize the associated symptoms, including cold sores and mouth ulcers. Animal studies have indicated that L-lysine may be effective in preventing and treating osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease; however, further human studies are needed.

Several studies suggest that L-lysine has the ability to enhance secretion of human growth hormone (HGH), thereby contributing to improved muscle mass and strength. Researchers emphasized that HGH production varied according to such factors as the training status, sex, age and diet of the individual. Many athletes and bodybuilders contend that L-lysine improves performance and strength; and while definitive human studies have yet to be published, animal studies have repeatedly shown that L-lysine produced greater muscularity in swine and other monogastric animals. Other research has examined the effects of L-lysine on wounds, bone fractures and muscle injuries. The findings suggest that lysine plays a positive role in bone and tissue repair; therefore, it may have the potential to help athletes recover from injuries and intense workouts.

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

HGH.com Supplements With L-Lysine

Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who wish to reap the benefits of L-lysine can find this essential amino acid in these natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

HGF MAX – Purity Select HGF MAX capsules are formulated to boost HGH production with a proprietary blend of ingredients, including L-lysine and other amino acids. This powerful dietary supplement can help build muscle, improve muscle tone, increase stamina and accelerate metabolism.

HGH 30,000 Nanograms – Purity Select’s popular HGH pills are designed to enhance growth hormone production through a combination of L-group amino acids, including L-lysine. HGH 30,000 Nanograms capsules help support muscle growth, burn fat, boost energy, and provide other health benefits.

CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein – One serving of low-lactose, low-fat, CytoSport whey protein contains 10 grams of L-lysine and 18 grams of protein. This vanilla-flavored drink mix is intended to help athletes develop lean muscle mass and hasten recovery from intense training.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – With 1.9 grams of L-lysine and 24 grams of protein per serving, this complete protein supplement is formulated to build muscle, decrease body fat and improve immune system health.

Champion Nutrition Amino Shooter + Creatine – This pre-workout drink mix features nine amino acids, including 1,100 milligrams of L-lysine, yet contains no fat, carbs or cholesterol. It is designed to preserve hard-earned muscle while providing added energy for a more effective workout.

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

Bond, Owen. “What Does Lysine Do for Your Body?”; published in the “Food and Health” section on Livestrong.com; February 2, 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/362472-what-does-lysine-do-for-your-body>

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. “L-lysine”; Compound Summary for CID 5962 in PubChem Open Chemistry Database; accessed April 27, 2015. <http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-lysine>

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WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Lysine”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed April 27, 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-237-lysine.aspx?activeingredientid=237&activeingredientname=lysine>

Research Sources:

Chromiak, Joseph A. and Jose Antonio. “Use of Amino Acids as Growth Hormone-Releasing Agents by Athletes.”; Nutrition; July/August 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12093449>

Dort, Junio; Nadine LeBlanc; et al. “Beneficial Effects of Cod Protein on Inflammatory Cell Accumulation in Rat Skeletal Muscle after Injury Are Driven by Its High Levels of Arginine, Glycine, Taurine and Lysine”; PLoS One; October 4, 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24124612>

Fini, Milena; Roberto Giardino; et al. “Role of Lactose, Arginine and Lysine Combination in Fracture Healing: An Experimental Study”; Annali Italiani di Chirurgia; January/February 1996. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8712622>

Fini, Melena; Paola Torricelli; et al. “Effect of L-Lysine and L-Arginine on Primary Osteoblast Cultures From Normal and Osteopenic Rats”; Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy; May 2001. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11393808>

Flodin, Nestor W. “The Metabolic Roles, Pharmacology, and Toxicology of Lysine”; Journal of the American College of Nutrition; February 1997. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9013429>

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Griffith, Richard S.; David E. Walsh; et al. “Success of L-Lysine Therapy in Frequently Recurrent Herpes Simplex Infection: Treatment and Prophylaxis”; Dermatologica; 1987. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3115841>

Liao, Shengfa F.; Taiji Wang; and Naresh Regmi. “Lysine Nutrition in Swine and the Related Monogastric Animals: Muscle Protein Biosynthesis and Beyond”; SpringerPlus; March 27, 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25830085>

Morales-Trejo, Adriana; Héctor García-Villalobos; et al. “Effect of L-Lysine on Expression of Selected Genes, Serum Concentration of Amino Acids, Muscle Growth and Performance of Growing Pigs”; Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition; October 29, 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25354230>

Ozden, Feyza Otan; Ahmet Yasar Turanli; et al. “Clinical Success of Lysine in Association With Serumal and Salivary Presence of HSV-1 in Patients With Recurrent Aphthous Ulceration”; Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine; January 2011 <http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=6571>

Shimomura, Akihiro; Isao Matsui; et al. “Dietary l-Lysine Prevents Arterial Calcification in Adenine-Induced Uremic Rats”; Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; March 20, 2014. <http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2014/03/19/ASN.2013090967.full>

Spallotta, Francesco; Chiara Cencioni; et al. “Enhancement of Lysine Acetylation Accelerates Wound Repair”; Communicative & Integrative Biology; September 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24265859>

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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.




NPC MuscleContest.com Championships Overall Winners

2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships

MuscleContest.com Championships
March 14            
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Phone: 310-796-9181
Website: www.musclecontest.com
Event: NPC

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

Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall
1. David Ekpe
2. Wesley Boxley
3. Kim Minuk
4. Surge Edwards

         

David Ekpe
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (1st)
Branch Warren - USA
Unlimited Bodybuilding Overall (2nd)

 

Novice Bodybuilding Overall
1. Robert Allen
2. Carlos Guerrero

Unlimited Bikini Overall
1. Christina Sanchez
2. Devan Statle
3. Khricell Justiniano
4. Jessi Vegan
5. Alexa Ashton
6. Lisa Simmons

           

Christina Sanchez
Unlimited Bikini Overall (1st)
Devan Statle
Unlimited Bikini Overall (2nd)

 

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall
1. Jennifer Hennessey
2. Karla Trevino
3. Shriley Rubin

Masters Bikini 45+ Overall
1. Lucy Huang
2. Jennifer Capitano

Novice Bikini Overall
1. Twamy Macias
2. Heather Glovak
3. Lisa Simmons

Unlimited Figure Overall
1. Elena Chernousenko
2. Melanie Trimble
3. Jackie Baker-Arriaga
4. Starr Barragan

          

Elena Chernousenko
Unlimited Figure Overall (1st)
Melanie Trimble
Unlimited Figure Overall (2nd)

 
Masters Figure 35+ Overall
1. Melanie Trimble
2. Samara Kasper

Unlimited Mens Physique Overall
1. Desmolg Gabriel
2. Ashley Kholghy
3. Chris Koll
4. Christopher Ausman
5. Chris Zadie
6. Shaun Baskerville

          

Desmolg Gabriel
Unlimited Physique Overall (1st)
Chris Koll
Unlimited Physique Overall (3rd)


Masters Mens Physique 35+ Overall
1. Daniel De la Torre
2. Tom Miller

Novice Mens Physique Overall
1. Alberto Montoya
2. Dale Laudencia III
3. Almon Huang

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC MuscleContest.com Championships. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://lindsayproductions.com/results. To see all results and photos visit - http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_musclecontest_championships/

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




How to Increase HGH Levels Naturally

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Levels

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

In recent years, I’ve seen a growing level of interest in how to increase HGH levels naturally, particularly among bodybuilders and athletes. Given the controversy and issues associated with synthetic HGH injections, many people are seeking out natural ways to increase their body’s own production of HGH. This is something that I do myself, and it’s a topic I’ve often discussed with our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – IFBB pros Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer. So I decided to compile our top tips in one blog post, which highlights seven effective ways to naturally boost HGH levels.

HGH Basics and Functions

Before I get into our recommendations, let’s start with a quick review of the basics. Human growth hormone, also known as HGH, is a type of polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. As the name implies, HGH triggers growth and repair of bone, cartilage, tissue and muscle. It also helps to improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and metabolizing fat. The pituitary gland produces its highest quantities of HGH during childhood and puberty to support the body’s growth and development. Once a child has reached full adult height, HGH production decreases substantially. In adulthood, HGH tends to be secreted in smaller bursts at specific times – during sleep, after exercise and in response to bodily stress or trauma.

Top 7 Ways to Naturally Increase HGH Levels

While the body generally follows its own set patterns for HGH secretion after puberty, there are a number of proven methods for boosting production on an ongoing basis:

1. Seek alternatives to synthetic HGH injections. While injectable growth hormones have been shown to increase HGH levels, there are a number of issues associated with this practice – including the high cost of injections as well as the fact that they are illegal without a prescription. Another lesser-known caveat is that pumping the body with high levels of artificial growth hormones may actually cause the body to decrease production of its own natural HGH. So, in the long run, it’s better to find natural ways to stimulate increased HGH secretion.

2. Get enough sleep. Since the majority of HGH production in adults occurs overnight during slow-wave sleep (or “deep” sleep), it is essential to get sufficient high-quality sleep – ideally, 7 to 8 hours per night. To help elevate HGH levels, try to adhere to a regular sleep routine: go to bed at the same time every evening and wake up at the same time each morning. It’s also important to have uninterrupted sleep, so avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine before bedtime, as they can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Try to minimize light and noise to avoid interruptions to your sleep schedule, and keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature so that you don’t awake in the middle of the night shivering or sweating.

3. Adhere to a healthy diet. There is an inverse relationship between insulin and HGH – higher levels of insulin suppress HGH production. Therefore, it is critical to consume the right foods at the right time to regulate insulin levels and promote HGH release. Many experts recommend eating multiple small meals over the course of the day, and the majority agree that it is best to limit your intake of highly processed, complex carbohydrates (like white bread and white rice) as well as sugary food and beverages (including soda and sports drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup), as these can trigger a spike in insulin.

Your best bet is to build your diet around high-fiber, protein-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans/legumes. Opt for low-glycemic, slow-digesting carbohydrates like oatmeal, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and brown rice. To help minimize insulin secretion, try eating a low-carb, high-protein snack a few hours before bedtime – think nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts; pumpkin or sunflower seeds; edamame; hummus; yogurt; or cottage cheese.

4. Engage in high-intensity interval training. While proper sleep and nutrition are both effective ways to support a natural increase in HGH levels, exercise also plays a critical role. Many different types of exercise can help maintain a healthy body and regulate insulin levels, but high-intensity interval training in particular has the potential to naturally boost HGH levels. This occurs in direct response to the stress on your muscles, signaling the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH to repair the tissue. Several studies have examined the effects of this exercise-induced growth hormone response (EIGR) and determined the associated benefits.

5. Consume whey protein before and after exercise. Research has shown that consuming a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may help promote optimal muscle building after resistance exercise. Another study found that consuming whey protein half an hour before resistance training can accelerate metabolism not only during exercise, but up to 24 hours after a workout. HGH.com offers several high-quality whey protein mixes designed to enhance muscularity and stimulate HGH production, including CytoSport Vanilla Whey Protein, Elite Chocolate Mint Whey Protein, Elite Butter Toffee Whey Protein, IsoBolic Vanilla Whey Protein and Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein.

6. Practice occasional fasting. A healthy diet is vital to provide the energy you need to complete intense workouts. However, some studies have suggested that intermittent fasting may be an effective way to balance blood-sugar levels and trigger HGH release. If your workout schedule allows for it, you might want to try periodic fasting on any off days in your training.

7. Add natural HGH releasers to your dietary supplements. Unlike injectable HGH, which introduces synthetic chemicals into your system, natural HGH releasers stimulate your body to produce more of its own HGH. Look for HGH supplements that contain proven natural ingredients, such as L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-leucine, L-tyrosine, bovine colostrum and others. You’ll find many of these naturally derived ingredients in Purity Select health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com, including HGH 30,000 Pills, HGH 30,000 Spray, Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH and HGH Testosterone Plus.

Following these recommendations will help you increase HGH levels naturally and in a healthy way while also enabling you to attain peak physical condition. Are there any other tips and best practices you implement to boost your HGH production? We invite you to join the conversation and post your comments below!

References:

Besedovsky, Luciana; Lange, Tanja; and Born, Jan. “Sleep and Immune Function”; Pflugers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology; January 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22071480>

Churchward-Venne, Tyler A.; Burd, Nicholas A; and Phillips, Stuart M. “Nutritional Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis With Resistance Exercise: Strategies to Enhance Anabolism”; Nutrition & Metabolism; May 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594765>

Godfrey, Richard J.; Madgwick, Zahra; and Whyte, Gregory P. “The Exercise-Induced Growth Hormone Response in Athletes”; Sports Medicine; July 2003. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12797841>

Hackney, Kyle J.; Bruenger, Adam J.; Lemmer, Jeffrey T. “Timing Protein Intake Increases Energy Expenditure 24 H After Resistance Training”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; May 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19997003>

Harvard Medical School. “Growth Hormone, Athletic Performance, and Aging”; Harvard Men’s Health Watch; May 2010; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/May/growth-hormone-athletic-performance-and-aging>

Ho, Kian Y.; Veldhuis, Johannes D.; et al. “Fasting Enhances Growth Hormone Secretion and Amplifies the Complex Rhythms of Growth Hormone Secretion in Man”; The Journal of Clinical Investigation; April 1988. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3127426>

Jackson, Joe. “Unlock Your Potential: How to Boost Your HGH Levels”; Men’s Fitness; accessed November 9, 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/unlock-your-potential-how-to-boost-your-hgh-levels>

Nindl, Bradley C.; Pierce, Joseph R.; et al. “Twenty-Hour Growth Hormone Secretory Profiles after Aerobic and Resistance Exercise”; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24576855>





Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Hollywood Actors Bodybuilding Workout Videos and Tips

Ever wonder how actors attain their chiseled physiques for movie roles like Wolverine, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the warriors in 300? Well, so did we. We found some great videos that divulge their bodybuilding workouts, secrets and diets. Plus, we created a star-studded Pinterest board filled with even more Hollywood movie role workouts for you to get an inside look at how these actors transform their bodies to become your favorite big screen characters.

Getting in Shape for the Movie 300

While getting ready to be in the film 300: Rise of the Empire, many of the actors trained over the course of seven months. As they trained, these actor's bodies were put under a lot of muscular and metabolic stress. They never did the same workout twice.

Gerard Butler states, “I think cardio is always a killer. Cardio. Cardio. Cardio. I hate it, but it’s the one that makes the difference. I kind of love to just go in the gym and do weights, but unfortunately, you can’t always get away with that. So, when you combine weights with circuit training, it’s a great way of building muscle in a leaner way and also burning fat because you’re doing a lot of cardio as well.”

Mark Twight, the personal trainer responsible for coming up with the workouts to sculpt those infamous six-pack abs, shares some insight regarding what it takes to get the actors in shape for a film like 300.

Transforming from Jackman to Wolverine

Ever wonder what Hugh Jackman’s diet is like as he prepares to become the Wolverine character? In this video, Hugh Jackman shares his secret, along with what he had to do while filming Les Misérables, which he was working on right before his next Wolverine film. You’ll have to watch the entire video to get the low-down on what he consumes while getting ready to play Wolverine.

Affleck's Top 5 Exercises for The Town Role

Sports nutritionist Rehan Jalali shows us how to do five of the incredible exercises Ben Affleck did with personal trainer Walter Norton, Jr., while preparing for his role in the movie The Town. Affleck's philosophy as he trained for this part was, "Intensity builds immensity."

Jalali is at the Gold's Gym in LA to give us an up-close and personal look at the technique for each exercise:

  • Weighted Pull Ups (Back)
  • Dumbbell Bench Press (Chest)
  • Supinated Curls (Biceps)
  • Walking Lunges (Legs)
  • Hanging Leg Raises (Abs)

Plus, he shares the weight Affleck was using while doing these exercises. What a great way to get lean and tight for the part.

Pinterest Board for Star-Studded Movie Role Workouts

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Winners of the 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Championships in Detroit

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Detroit NPC Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini and Figure Contests

Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts recently gathered in Detroit, Michigan to compete in the 2014 National Physique Committee (NPC) Infinity Fit Championships on September 6. The event featured a number of bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini competitions as well as performances by special guest posers, including HGH.com-sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson and several of his fellow IFBB pros: Justin Compton, Ken Jackson and Gloria Tarpley.

Participants competed in more than two dozen contests during the 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Championships, and overall winners were announced in eight key competitions:

Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Seth Shaw
Open Physique Overall Winner: Chris Hosinski
Novice Bodybuilding Overall Winner: Jeremiah Williams
Novice Physique Overall Winner: Dave Sagaert
Novice Bikini Overall Winner: Lauren Bower
Open Bikini Overall Winner: Lauren Bower
Novice Figure Overall Winner: Mariel Hernandez
Open Figure Overall Winner: Mariel Hernandez

In addition to the overall winners, following are the top-ranked competitors for each of the contests held during the 2014 Michigan NPC Championships in Detroit:

Men’s 1st Place Bodybuilding Winners:
Novice: Jeremiah Williams
Masters: Todd Marra
Teen: Matthew LaBarji-Arnold
Lightweight: Todd Marra
Light Heavy: Jeremiah Williams
Heavyweight: Seth Shaw

Men’s 1st Place Physique Winners:
Grand Masters: Dave Sagaert
Masters: Christopher Nortley
Teen: Keith Bucholtz
Novice – Short: Adam McHale
Novice – Tall: Dave Sagaert
Open – Short: Chris Hosinski
Open – Tall: Christopher Nortley

Women’s 1st Place Physique Winners:
Novice: Audra Davidoski-Swelling
Open: Audra Davidoski-Swelling

Bikini 1st Place Winners:
Masters: Nicole McEwen
Novice – Short: Lauren Bower
Novice – Tall: Jessica Bell
Open – Tall: Jessica Bell
Open – Short: Lauren Bower

 

 

Figure 1st Place Winners:
Masters: Lucia Perez
Grand Masters: Nadine Bye
Novice – Short: Mariel Hernandez
Novice – Tall: Lisa Sanders
Open – Short: Mariel Hernandez
Open – Tall: Nadine Bye

A complete list of rankings for all 2014 NPC Infinity Fit Detroit Championship categories can be downloaded from Michigan NPC News online.

Check back soon for announcements regarding the winners of other upcoming competitions, including several events featuring HGH.com sponsored athletes Tricky Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer:
•    2014 Mr. Olympia/Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend – September 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV
•    2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships – October 11 in Lexington, KY
•    2014 IFBB World Fitness Championships – October 17-20 in Montreal, Canada
•    2014 Europa Games – October 25-26 in Phoenix, AZ

 




Do HGH Releasers Really Work for Bodybuilders and Athletes?

A Candid Conversation About HGH Releasers and Other Natural Bodybuilding Supplements

By Dan Smith of HGH.com

HGH Releaser Benefits - Healthy You!!

Growth hormones have always been a hot – and often controversial – topic in the bodybuilding and sports worlds. As the public voice of HGH.com and Purity Select, I’ve frequently addressed the benefits of HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements through our blog posts, HGH community, social media platforms, sponsored events and news releases. But there’s nothing quite as inspiring as discussing the subject face-to-face with fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, as I was reminded during a recent visit to my local gym.

A few days ago, while I was in the middle of my leg workout routine, a guy at the weight machine next to me struck up a conversation. He told me that he used to lift in high school, and was slowly getting back into it again after a lengthy hiatus – and was finding it much more challenging than he remembered. When he noticed my HGH.com shirt, he asked, “Do you use HGH? Does it really work?”

I told him that I’ve been using natural HGH supplements for years; and in a nod to an old TV commercial, I said, “Not only do I run HGH.com, I’m also a client.” He got the reference, and we both laughed. Then I asked him, “You know that HGH and testosterone levels naturally decrease over time, right?” He replied, “Sure, that’s common knowledge. But…isn’t HGH illegal without a prescription?”

This is a question I’ve often been asked by those who are new to HGH; it seems that despite the steadily growing popularity of HGH supplements, many myths and misconceptions still remain. So I went on to explain the differences between prescription-only synthetic HGH injections and over-the-counter natural health supplements that contain HGH releasers. As I saw the awareness and interest dawn in my fellow weightlifter’s eyes, it occurred to me that many others have the same questions – and that I could play a role in educating the public on this topic.

In light of that goal, HGH.com recently issued a news release to the national media spotlighting how legal, non-synthetic growth hormone supplements provide an over-the-counter alternative to HGH injections. And I decided to write this blog post to address the questions I was asked by my new gym friend and by numerous bodybuilders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts before him. Without further ado, here are my answers to the most commonly asked questions about HGH releasers and HGH.com health and bodybuilding supplements:

Why is HGH so popular among bodybuilders and athletes?

Human growth hormone – better known as HGH – is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It is essential for growth and development, which is why the highest naturally occurring HGH levels are found in children and teens; and it is also involved in regulating body composition, metabolizing sugar and fat, and building skeletal muscle. After adolescence, HGH levels gradually decrease over time – and that’s where HGH supplementation comes in. Because HGH plays a role in growing and repairing muscle, many athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts rely on HGH supplements to help them build muscle and recover from intense training.

How are HGH releasers different from HGH injections?

HGH injections generally involve a synthetic form of growth hormones; each dose introduces HGH directly to the bloodstream through subcutaneous or intramuscular injection. By contrast, most HGH releasers – also known as HGH secretagogues – primarily feature natural ingredients that are consumed orally in capsule, liquid or powder form. Rather than elevating HGH levels with externally manufactured growth hormones, the HGH releasers in natural dietary supplements are intended to stimulate the body to produce more of its own HGH.

Why use natural HGH releasers versus synthetic HGH injections?

I personally prefer natural HGH supplements because I believe they are safer and easier to use than injections, as well as more affordable; and I know a lot of athletes and bodybuilders who feel the same way. Synthetic HGH can be very expensive, and it requires a prescription from a supervising physician. It has also been associated with a number of reported side effects, including joint pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, and numbness and tingling of the skin. And let’s face it – a lot of people simply hate needles, and would rather take supplements orally.

But perhaps the biggest argument in favor of over-the-counter natural HGH supplementation is that the FDA has only approved the use of injectable synthetic HGH for the treatment of specific diseases and medical conditions. Using HGH injections for “off-label” purposes – such as bodybuilding, weight-loss and anti-aging benefits – is considered “illicit”, and is therefore illegal if the synthetic growth hormone was not prescribed by a supervising physician. (The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has published a helpful HGH fact sheet with more details on the use and abuse of synthetic HGH.)

Since the majority of herbal dietary supplements are not FDA-regulated, consumers can legally purchase and use non-synthetic HGH releasers for muscle building, weight loss and recovery from intense workouts. And because HGH.com sells natural HGH and bodybuilding supplements rather than injectables, our over-the-counter products can be legally purchased and shipped anywhere in the United States – and in most other countries around the world.

Which HGH releasers are the best for bodybuilders?

HGH.com sells a variety of natural HGH releasers, including many “stackable” bodybuilding supplements that are designed to work together to produce visible results. But if I were asked to suggest just one product for someone who is getting started with HGH supplements, I would recommend our Purity Select HGF MAX supplements. These capsules contain a potent combination of natural ingredients that are formulated to naturally stimulate HGH production. Our proprietary HGF MAX blend includes L-arginine, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-tyrosine, L-ornithine, glycine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), phosphatidyl choline, astragalus extract and deer antler velvet. Not only is HGF MAX designed to build lean muscle and aid in muscle recovery, but it has the potential to deliver a host of other benefits: enhanced metabolism and fat-burning capabilities; immune system support; increased stamina; anti-aging effects; more restful sleep; and improved skin, hair and nails. Other popular Purity Select HGH releasers include Somatropinne HGH, DBol-GH, Ana-GH, HGH Testosterone Plus, HGH 30,000 Nanograms Pills and 30,000 HGH Nanograms Spray.

Which HGH releasers are the best for recovery?

Most of the products we feature on HGH.com help support muscle recovery following intense training. If I were to narrow it down to my top three choices for hardcore bodybuilders, I would suggest Purity Select Somatropinne HGH, HGF MAX, and/or Cut and Ripped Plus. However, if anyone has questions about specific supplements or ingredients, we’re happy to provide answers. We have customer services representatives available via phone (888-399-5993), email (support@hgh.com) and live chat. Or you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and other online channels.

Any other advice?

Sure; there are a few parting points I would like to share:

  • First, always follow the usage and dosing instructions listed on the HGH supplement packaging. Our Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) labs carefully formulate the proper dosages of each supplement and explain how and when to take them for optimal benefits.
  • Second, be aware that heat can decrease the potency of certain supplement ingredients. So, be sure to store your HGH releasers in a cool, dry place. And whether you’re using capsules or powdered drink mixes, always take your supplements with cold (or room-temperature) liquids – save the hot beverages for well before or after your supplements.
  • Third, don’t hesitate to reach out to others for help and recommendations. We’re always here to answer your questions, and you’ll likely find that fellow weightlifters at your local gym are happy to share workout and supplement suggestions. Also, you can connect with bodybuilders you admire online. Our HGH.com-sponsored athletes – award-winning IFBB pros Richard “Tricky” Jackson, Ben White and Tara Silzer – regularly provide guidance and advice to their fans and followers. And finally, visit our HGH.com blog frequently; we often publish workout videos, articles and links to helpful resources.


Have another question for us? Want to join in the debate regarding synthetic HGH injections versus natural HGH releasers? Join the conversation via our HGH.com Facebook page and HGH.com Twitter profile!







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