HGH Release Naturally With Supplements, Diet, & Exercise

hgh releaseHGH Release Naturally is a continuation of Boosting Human Growth Hormone with Supplements.  Please continue reading about HGH release and additional natural HGH Releasers.

Other HGH Releasers

HGH Release with Niacin

Niacin is vitamin B-3. It’s also known as nicotinamide or nicotinic acid.  Niacin is actually a potent HGH releaser. In fact, two studies showed an 8-fold increase in growth hormone following an intraveneous 200 milligram dose of niacin. The peak HGH level was seen 2 hours after administering.

In subjects 1.5 to 2 times their ideal weight, this niacin dose had no effect. Obesity blocks growth hormone release. In Pearson and Shaw’s study, a 200 mg dose of niacin caused a mild release of growth hormone.

Anti-aging with Niacin

Here’s an interesting note – In a famous study called the Coronary Drug Project, niacin was considered an “anti-death vitamin” because it reduced death rates in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all “other” causes of death.  At doses of 7 and 8 grams, nicotinic acid actually performed better than several cholesterol lowering drugs.

Also, other studies have shown niacin can reverse atherosclerosis and lower serum cholesterol by 25% on average, lower triglycerides by as much as 52%, and raise HDL by 33%.  And if that weren’t enough, niacin has also been shown to enhance cognitive ability such as improved memory – as much as 10 to 40% in both younger and older test subjects!  (Niacin is my new favorite “insurance policy” and do-everything pill. And it’s really cheap too.)

Usage – You can take niacin alone or along with an amino acid stack. And taking only niacin and glutamine, you can realize a 30 to 40% increase in IGF-1 levels according to Dr. Giampapa.

Dosage – 200 milligrams to 1 gram of “flushing” variety of niacin. Do not choose “non-flush” niacin. Caution: Doses in excess of 800 mg of timed release niacin have been linked to liver damage.

Side Effects – Be prepared for the reaction caused by niacin called flushing. About 15 minutes after taking niacin, your skin turns red and hot and you feel itchy all over. This is caused by histamine release and dilation of arteries. It is harmless and goes away in about 20 minutes.

HGH Release with GABA

Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) is an amino acid that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. GABA is the brains natural calming agent. It helps the brain and nervous system regulate hormone levels. And it calms the nervous system and improves the sleep cycle.

GHB is the component of GABA which stimulates HGH production from the pituitary gland. GHB has been shown to increase the pulse of HGH release during sleep. It also has the ability to increase REM sleep which is linked to increased HGH release.  So GABA is a safer means of providing GHB rather than direct GHB supplementation.

Mucuna Pruriens (l-dopa bean extract)

L-Dopa is a precursor to dopamine, a neurotransmitter important for regulating HGH. Substances that raise levels of dopamine in your brain are considered some of the most powerful HGH releasers.

Dopamine decreases as we age. This decline prevents the pituitary and hypothalamus from releasing hormones. This is one reason for testosterone drop off as we age.

A dopamine precursor, l-dopa increases libido in scientific studies and can also impact hormone production. Though l-dopa is usually available in prescription form, natural l-dopa can be extracted from the beans of the mucuna pruriens plant. Better yet, mucuna pruriens can provide natural l-dopa without the side effects of prescription drugs.

HGH Release with Alpha GPC

Alpha Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (Alpha GPC) is found in brain cell membranes. It supplies the nutrient choline, a B-vitamin-like substance necessary for producing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter used in muscle control, sleep and cognitive function.

Alpha GPC can increase secretion of HGH by the pituitary gland. It actually effects the production of all hormones produced by the pituitary. Alpha GPC has also been shown to improve mental focus and liver function. And working synergistically with other vitamins, Alpha GPC can lower homocysteine levels. Increased homocysteine may mean higher risk of heart disease, Alzheimers, gout, and stroke.


Recent clinical trials have shown that a combination of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B-6 may significantly increase IGF-1 and testosterone levels as well as increase muscle strength in well-trained athletes.

An 8-week study of NCAA football players showed the “ZMA group having a slight increase in insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels compared to a 20 percent decrease in the placebo group.”


HGH secretagogues offer HGH release as a complete, natural HGH releasing supplement.  Secretagogues combine or stack multiple substances in one easy to take preparation.  And although many of the secretagogue offerings on the market are hype, there are some that may be effective.

One in particular is Dr. Giampapa’s Secretagogue Gold. You’ll find this product online starting at $45.00 plus shipping. If you cycle it 5 days on 2 days off, it will last 6 weeks. The exact quantities of the nutrients in this product are not disclosed, but here’s what’s contained in this product:

Secretagogue Augmenting Factors: (growth hormone releasers) 5,220 mg

* Glycine
* L-glutamine
* L-tyrosine
* L-citrulline
* Alpha GPC (glycerlphophorylcholine)
* Pyroglutamic acid
* L-lysine (as L-Lysine HCL)
* Broad bean (l-dopa)

Secretagogue Modulating Complex: 486 mg

Hepatic Restoration Factors: (liver support)

* Choline (as choline bitarate)
* Inositol
* Milk Thistle extract (80% silymarin)
* Shitake mushroom extract
* Maitake mushroom extract
* Reishi mushroom extract

Glycation Regulation Factors: (sugar regulation)

* Banaba leaf extract
* Alpha lipoic acid
* Chromium (as chromium dinicotinate glycinate)

Pituitary Support & IGF-1 Co-Factors: 245 mg

* Magnesium oxide
* Niacin
* Zinc citrate
* D-calcium pantothenate (pantothenic acid)
* Pyridoxine HCL
* Manganese sulfate
* Thiamin HCL
* Folic acid
* Cyanocobalamin

The Importance of Cycling HGH Releasers

You should “cycle” growth hormone releasers even natural ones. This means, you take them for a period of time, then stop taking them for a set period. Here’s why this is critical –  Hormone production in your body works through complex natural “feedback mechanisms”. However, when you stimulate the pituitary for HGH release, your hormonal system will attempt to get back original equilibrium by producing cortisol and somatostatin, counter hormones.

When you stop stimulating HGH release, your body thinks you’ve given up and stops producing counter hormones. Then you start up again and shock the system. Thus, as you cycle is a higher equilibrium is maintained as normal state.

Also, because growth hormone releasers cause an increase in activity at the receptor sites that bind them, giving the receptors a break periodically can get you back to the response when it was fresh.

It makes good sense to cycle any substance, if not to avoid negative effects, then do it for the potential benefit that comes from not getting used to something. This may even be true for the food you eat. Instead of eating the same meal everyday for breakfast, change it up every few days.

Bottom line is – you get better results in the long run if you cycle HGH releasers.

How To Cycle HGH Releasers

Try a few different methods of cycling to see which works for you.

Cycle 1 – take whatever supplements or stacks daily for 5 days then stop for 2 days. Repeat this cycle for 3 months, then take 2 weeks to 1 full month off. Then start the cycle over again.

Cycle 2 – take whatever supplements or stack daily for a period of 3 weeks, then stop taking it altogether for 1 week. Repeat this for 3 months, then take 1 full month off.

Cycle 3 – supplement using the same exercise cycle that you are on. So if you’re following a 12 week exercise program, you would take no supplements the first 2 weeks, and start taking a small dose in the third week. Increase the dose in weeks 4 and 5 and then take the full dose weeks 6 through 12. Then stop completely for 2 weeks. The intensity of your exercise should correspond to the increase in HGH release supplements.

HGH Release With Exercise

Intense physical activity boosts HGH production. Use compound, basic movement resistance training exercises. Exercises that employ several muscles in each lift – squats, deadlifts, rows, bench presses, chin ups, shoulder presses. Keep weights relatively heavy and reps low. Moreover, one study suggests keeping your weights at 85% of your 1 rep maximum.

Limit your workouts to 45 minutes or less and split workouts so you give muscles time to recuperate. In fact, working out for more than 1 hour at a time can actually reduce HGH. And don’t work the same muscle group more than once every 2 days.

Rest 30 to 45 seconds between weight lifting sets to maximize natural HGH production. Resting under 30 seconds maximizes fat loss and rest periods over 45 seconds increases strength.

Note: Doing a brief 5 minute workout at bedtime about 45 minutes after taking HGH supplements can be the key to better results. But remember, keep it simple such as a few sets of pushups, or pull-ups, or deep knee bends.

Diet For HGH Release

Proper nutrition can have a large impact on HGH production. In fact, the ratio of macronutrients in your diet regulates and controls hormone function. It’s recommended that you eat a diet consisting of 45% slow burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, 35% high quality proteins such as lean meat, and 15% fats, mostly monounsaturated like olive oil.

This ratio will help balance blood sugar levels and keep insulin, cortisol, and glucagon at the right levels.

Continue reading Better Body After 50: Boosting Human Growth Hormone Part 1 – 8 Steps To Naturally Boost HGH.