Let's flip this article, and jump to the shocking conclusion first.
Then keep reading to find out why. The explanation follows afterwards.
Here it is...
[su_note note_color="#FFFF66" text_color="#333333" radius="3" class=""] Conclusion:
Is Somaderm HGH gel safe?
Yes. It sure is.
There's almost no growth hormone in it!
That's not what I was expecting.
And I couldn't stop laughing when I found out.
There's a reason Somatropin growth hormone (the active ingredient in Somaderm) is only available by prescription for injections.
It has serious side effects and needs to be monitored by experienced medical practitioners. (read https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-6259/somatropin-injection/details)
Side effects include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Increased insulin resistance
- Swelling in the arms and legs (edema)
- Joint and muscle pain
- For men, enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
Human growth hormone might also contribute to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and possibly an increased risk of some cancers.
Using it in a gel instead of a syringe, doesn't make it any safer.
One of my biggest concerns was the dosage.
Somaderm salespeople proudly state that it has the highest amount of HGH in a homeopathic remedy allowed to be available without a prescription.
Let's think about that for a second.
For it to be safe for human use without a prescription, the amount of HGH would have to be so low, that you don't get the nasty side effects.
[su_note note_color="#FFFF66" text_color="#333333" radius="3" class=""] So, either, there is so little HGH that it is safe, but doesn't work.
Or, you have to use more than the recommended dose to work. And then you get the side effects.
It's a lose/lose situation.
Let's test this theory and measure the dosage...
As Somaderm doesn't use a weight based dosage, we'll use the recommended dose of
approximately 0.2 mg once a day (range: 0.15 to 0.3 mg once a day) for an adult with HGH deficiency. (Source https://www.drugs.com/dosage/somatropin.html)
Somaderm recommend 2 pumps per day. Use for 5 days, then 2 days off. We'll use 20 days of use per month. Making it 40 pumps. The 100ml (3.5oz) bottle lasts a month, so each pump works out to be 2.5ml, or a teaspoon. And we need two per day, so 5ml per day.
Actually, I'm just tricking. There's a much easier way to tell than all that maths.
If you look at the active ingredients, the somatropin has a 30x next to it. It sounds like it's a lot
It means that a “substance has been diluted by a factor of 10 at each stage.”
So, in the instance of Somaderm Gel’s
Or, to put it into raw numbers, this means the formula contains one part Glandula to 1 million parts solution (10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 ).
The problem, according to the International Journal of Pharmacotherapy, is that when it comes to
And “even among smaller dilutions that do contain some molecules of the original substance, there almost certainly aren’t enough to have a meaningful effect on the human body.”
Putting it in a pump bottle leaves it wide open to overuse. It's far too difficult to get the right amount, and too easy to use too much. Which is great for the salesperson if you need to buy it more often than you should. But terrible for your health and bank account.
And since there is barely any active ingredient, you will probably use more than recommended. At such low dosages, you could use a lot and still be OK. Maybe all that aloe vera will help?
At $169.99 + $8.99 S&H, I wouldn't bother trying.
So why don't they make a pill?
The molecules are too big to pass through the intestinal wall into the blood stream. If anyone is selling a somatropin pill, it's a scam.
And being FDA Registered doesn't mean the product has been tested in any way. It's not the same as FDA Approved. It's really referring to the manufacturing facilities meeting FDA standards.
If you really want to try increasing your HGH levels for all the proposed benefits, the only recommendation I could find is to increase it naturally.
Boring, I know.
No hype and exciting sales people or websites promising to make all your dreams come true. But guess what. It's a lot safer, and works better too.
And remember, HGH doesn't stay in your system very long. Trying to boost your levels artificially is not effective if done at the wrong times. And only useful for the short term. But definitely not worth the side effects.
If you let your own pituitary gland produce HGH naturally, it's got a better chance of working effectively for you.
[su_note note_color="#FFFF66" text_color="#333333" radius="3" class=""] You can try these 11 ways to increase your levels naturally from healthline.com (source https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-ways-to-increase-hgh#section11):
1. Lose Body Fat
2. Fast Intermittently
3. Try an Arginine Supplement
4. Reduce Sugar Intake
5. Don't Eat a Lot Before Bedtime
6. Take a GABA Supplement
7. Exercise at a High Intensity
8. Take Beta-Alanine and/or a Sports Drink Around Your Workouts
9. Optimize Your Sleep
10. Take a Melatonin Supplement
11. Try Natural Supplements
Some of these will require a reasonable level of health to start with.
Insomniacs are going to struggle getting a good enough sleep, even with a melatonin supplement. Injuries, age, or obesity, will stop anyone doing high intensity training. We could all consume less sugar though.
Age can have a dramatic effect on how well you produce HGH too. The older you get, the less you produce. Especially after 30 years old.
From what I've been able to find
Their effectiveness is still in
There are a few options available, and they don't require prescriptions either. They seem to be about half the price of the gel too.
GenF20™ appears to be the best available HGH releaser available at the time of writing this. They also have a 60 day money back guarantee if you try it and aren't satisfied.
I haven't used it, so I don't know how well it actually works. Results would vary from person to person anyway. Even they make some wild claims about becoming immune to aging. You'll need to read their product description yourself to decide whether it's right for you or not, http://www.GenF20.com/proof.html
And as promised, the full description of how HGH supplements work...
From the beginning
Human growth hormone, also called somatotropin, is a protein hormone of 190 amino acids (building blocks of protein) that is created and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. It has two types of effects, both of which are highly beneficial to the vital, active human body.
One main type of action of the HGH is its direct effects on other kinds of cells. The growth hormone binds to its receptor on target cells, then creates some particular action. Fat cells, for example, are the target cells of HGH, so they have growth hormone receptors. Once bonded there, the growth hormone causes them to break down triglyceride and suppresses their ability to take up and accumulate circulating lipids -- in other words, fat storage is prevented!
HGH also acts to create other indirect effects in the body by causing secretion of IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor hormone. IGF-1 is secreted from the liver and other tissues in response to growth hormone. This is the action that governs mostly growth-related effects of HGH.
This same effect is also the power behind muscle growth. It stimulates both the differentiation and proliferation of muscle cells, stimulates amino acid uptake and synthesizes protein in muscle and other tissues. This is where HGH's ability to influence overall muscle and skin tone comes from.
[su_note note_color="#FFFF66" text_color="#333333" radius="3" class=""] Growth hormone has important effects on:
- Protein metabolism:
HGH causes increased amino acid uptake, increased protein synthesis and decreased oxidation of proteins.
- Fat metabolism:
HGH enhances the utilization of fat -- gives your body the ability to break down fat cells more efficiently.
- Carbohydrate metabolism:
HGH is one of several hormones that maintain blood sugar within a normal range.
Because of the abilities of HGH mentioned above, you can soon see that without it, muscle tone declines, fat stubbornly sits in the body and resists metabolism, and hair, skin and nails (all composed of proteins) deteriorate. In fact, scientists now believe that HGH has a role in most healthy functions of the body, including sexual function, proper operation of stomach and bowels, liver, and all glandular systems.
Whether HGH is directly interacting with certain cells, or playing its key part in the correct function of other bodily systems, it's essential throughout the body for youthful vigor and health.
Problem is, HGH augmentation has traditionally been a benefit reserved for the super-rich: until now, only injections of HGH could have an effect in the body, and at a cost of thousands of dollars per treatment.
More recently, pharmaceutical companies and natural supplement companies have fine-tuned the science of HGH stimulation in the body by means of a Growth Hormone releaser. That is, by natural means, the body can be stimulated to produce and release its own HGH, increasing levels to those of a youthful, vital person.
As I mentioned before, one such supplement is GenF20™, a supplement from a quality manufacturer. Their product works by using a formula to trigger and stimulate the pituitary gland to produce and secrete more HGH itself. The HGH goes into your body just as nature intended, in other words, through the glandular system -- just as it did when you were in your 20s. Remember, it is not possible to just make an HGH supplement that would enter the bloodstream by other means than injection, because the HGH molecule is too large to pass through the walls of the digestive system, for instance. But with a "releaser" or stimulator product, your body does the HGH producing itself.
Once stimulated by the supplement, HGH goes to work in the body delivering all the benefits detailed above. Go to http://www.GenF20.com/proof.html and see for yourself.
As always, we recommend using any supplements under medical supervision.
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