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Human growth hormone (HGH)
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What is human growth hormone (HGH)?

Human growth hormone (HGH) is one of the hormones that is produced by the anterior pituitary gland (which itself is controlled by the hypothalamus gland).

HGH secretion is released under the influence of a number of factors:

Secretion of HGH is inhibited by a number of factors:


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Important human growth hormone (HGH) facts

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Why human growth hormone (HGH) is important

The body makes HGH to promote growth during childhood. HGH also maintains tissues and organs in a healthy state throughout life.

From around the age of 40, the pituitary gland reduces the amount of HGH that it produces, which could be one reason why cells and tissues age and slowly stop working as effectively as they did during childhood and younger years.

Human growth hormone therapy is currently approved for:


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Last reviewed: 14 January 2007 || Last updated: 21 August 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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