Growth Hormone or Testosterone
Recent studies of Growth Hormone or Testosterone supplementation indicate that important anabolic effects can be elicited in GH-deficient, hypogonadal, and healthy older men, such as enhanced lean body mass, greater strength and muscle protein synthesis, increased bone mineral content, and an improved sense of well-being. However, higher doses of androgen may cause polycythemia, diminish plasma high density lipoprotein (HDL) concentrations, worsen sleep apnea, and stimulate prostate growth. Likewise, GH supplementation may induce peripheral edema, arthralgias, carpal tunnel syndrome, gynecomastia, and mild glucose intolerance. One approach to addressing the foregoing concerns would be to limit the amounts of Testosterone or Growth Hormone administered.
Deciding which product is right for you is sometimes a difficult task. There are a few differences between whey isolate and whey concentrate that need to be sorted out in determining the right supplement. The protein content in whey isolate is very pure. Whey isolate is also higher in protein content per portion than whey concentrate, which naturally makes whey isolate a favoured choice. Whey isolate contains much less fat content and less lactose per serving and those facts make isolate a nice supplement for those that suffer from lactose intolerance.
One of the first questions I’m sure most readers have is does testosterone increase muscle mass”? The short answer is that yes, it most certainly does. But this is also a heavily caveated statement as we all know that steroids, which also work to increase testosterone levels, have plenty of dangerous and negative side effects. Synthetic steroids are not the focus of this guide. Here, we are going to focus on natural ways to boost levels of testosterone to safe and beneficial, not out-of-control levels in the body.
Supplements provide a faster path to increased muscle gain. Products safe for use by teens under 16 include protein supplements. These are most often whey, egg or soy products and may come in powder or diet bar form. A good multivitamin is necessary to maintain energy and good health. For teens 16 to 19 years old, creatine can increase explosive power in the muscles trained, according to Exercise Goals. L-Glutamine, an amino acid, will aid in muscle recovery. Other amino acids and branch chain amino acids are recommended as well. Anabolic flavones help the body absorb proteins, and nitric oxide increases blood flow, delivering more nutrients to the muscles.
Testosterone is a member of a group of hormones known as androgens, which are responsible for starting and directing the growth and development of male sexual traits during puberty, though they also play a role in the growth and development of females. In adults androgen levels are related to muscle mass, sex drive and aggressiveness. Testosterone, in particular, plays a key role in regulating muscle mass and the body’s response to exercise. However before this role can be understood we must explore how the body builds muscle in the first place.