Soma-Max or Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a powerful anabolic, whose action is aimed at activating the metabolic resources of the human body. Thanks to its presence in the body, it becomes possible to build muscle, burning subcutaneous fat. It activates higher centers of regulation, which leads to an increase in libido.
What is growth hormone?
Synthesized in the pituitary gland, this hormone fully justifies its name. It stimulates the growth and repair of cells, which allows you to build muscle and increase bone density. Growth hormone is responsible for maintaining normal tissue function in the body, including the central nervous system and internal organs.
It is active in the blood for only a few minutes, during which the liver turns it into growth factors. The most important is IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1). Growth hormone was first isolated from corpses in the fifties of the last century. In the laboratory, it began to synthesize since 1981. A little later, he began to be produced in the dosage form. The drug quickly gained popularity.
Effects of Growth Hormone
- Stimulation of muscle growth;
- Suppressing catabolism;
- Lowering the percentage of subcutaneous fat;
- Accelerating general recovery and healing of wounds;
- Stimulation of re-growth of internal organs, which atrophied with age;
- Strengthen bones and stimulate their growth in young athletes;
- Improve immune defense;
- Increased blood glucose levels.
When taking growth hormone, side effects are quite rare, but if you exceed the recommended dosages and the course is too long, you may encounter the following problems:
- Pressure increase;
- Hypertrophy of the heart and other organs;
- Inhibition of thyroid function.
The use of growth hormone in bodybuilding
Despite the fact that in 1989 the growth hormone was banned by the Olympic Committee, today it is used very often. Somatotropin is mainly used in bodybuilding along with other anabolic drugs to build muscle and reduce the percentage of subcutaneous fat. Also, growth hormone is used to reduce the frequency of injury, as it has the ability to strengthen bone and connective tissue. In other sports, growth hormone is almost not used, since its reception is not appropriate.
Despite the fact that somatotropin increases muscle volumes, it is not displayed on the strength indicators, that is, they do not increase, which means that in strength sports it is useless to use growth hormone. Studies have also revealed that taking growth hormone does not lead to an increase in other sports indicators – endurance or performance, so it makes sense to take growth hormone only in bodybuilding.