Somatotropin, also known as growth hormone (GH) or human growth hormone (hGH), is a protein hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates growth and cell reproduction. GH is an essential hormone produced by the body that plays a key role in growth and development during childhood and adolescence. It is also important for maintaining healthy tissues and organs throughout life.
GH has several effects on the body, including:
Anabolic effects: GH stimulates the synthesis of proteins, which results in an increase in muscle mass and strength, as well as a decrease in body fat.
Anti-catabolic effects: GH helps to prevent the breakdown of proteins, which can be beneficial in situations where the body is under stress, such as during intense exercise or injury.
Glucose metabolism: GH increases blood glucose levels by stimulating the liver to produce and release glucose. This can improve physical performance, but if not carefully monitored, can lead to insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance.
Bone density: GH increases calcium uptake by bone cells, which can help to maintain strong bones.
Heart function: GH may have a protective effect on the heart by reducing the risk of heart disease.
Using Somatotropin for reducing the amount of subcutaneous fat:
- Increases the breakdown of fat cells and the release of fatty acids into the bloodstream
- Increases glucose uptake and utilization in muscle tissue, leading to a decrease in fat mass
- Increases the production of IGF-1, which has been shown to have fat-reducing effects
- Improves insulin sensitivity, leading to a reduction in fat storage
- Enhances the function of the thyroid gland, leading to an increase in metabolism and fat loss
Using Somatotropin for strengthening the joint-ligament apparatus:
- Increases collagen synthesis, leading to stronger and more flexible connective tissue
- Increases calcium uptake and bone density, leading to stronger bones and a reduced risk of fractures
- Improves the function of chondrocytes, the cells responsible for synthesizing and maintaining healthy cartilage, leading to improved joint health
- Increases the production of IGF-1, which has been shown to have positive effects on joint health
- May help reduce inflammation and improve recovery time following injuries or intense workouts.
GH was first isolated in the 1920s and was later synthesized in the 1950s. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use in children with GH deficiency in 1963, and in adults with GH deficiency in 1996.
- Androgenic rating: 30 (low)
- Anabolic rating: 150 (high)
- Aromatization: None
- Toxicity: Low
- Half-life: ~4-5 hours
- Routes of administration: Subcutaneous or intramuscular injection
- Increases bone density and bone growth
- Increases protein synthesis and muscle mass
- Increases fat loss and metabolism
- Increases glucose levels and insulin sensitivity
- Enhances calcium uptake by cells
- Increases collagen synthesis
- Increased blood sugar levels
- Insulin resistance
- Joint and muscle pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Changes in cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
Recommended working doses
2-4 IU per day. This dosage can help improve muscle mass and strength, as well as reduce subcutaneous fat. Somatotropin should be used in conjunction with proper nutrition and exercise for maximum effectiveness.
4-6 IU per day. At this dosage, somatotropin can help further improve muscle mass and strength, as well as increase muscle definition and vascularity. It is important to monitor blood glucose and insulin levels when using somatotropin at this dosage, and consider adding exogenous insulin or drugs to improve cellular sensitivity to insulin if necessary. It is not recommended to use somatotropin for extended periods of time due to the potential for negative side effects.