Human Growth Hormone (HGH) really has people sitting on the fence. Bodybuilders far and wide have contrasting views. Some say it’s the best thing since sliced bread and trumps all other steroids, and some will tell you that when compared to other steroids it’s simply not worth it for the massive cost.
Some people use it as a way of recovering from injury. As we know from previous articles, HGH works differently to steroids as it is capable of leading to the growth of many systems in the body, including organs, the skeletal system and, of course, the muscular system. In fact, you may remember that the only organs not affected by HGH are the eyes and the brain. In turn, this means that some parts of the anatomy which are susceptible to injury, like ligaments (attach bone to bone) and tendons (attach muscle to bone), may grow in size and become stronger after using HGH.
Some may remember the story of Abdul-Karim Al-Jabbar. He is a former running back who played in the NFL from 1996 to 2000 with the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Miami Dolphins. He had hip surgery at the age of 10, which caused structural imbalances. This, coupled with the pounding he took as an NFL player, quickly caused him some serious knee problems. He had surgery at UCLA and again during his time with the Dolphins, but with little success. It is reported that after many years playing, he was left with no cartilage and half a meniscus in the injured knee.
Even if controversial, he did what he had to do to continue playing. He has openly admitted to having had HGH injected directly into his knee by a Miami surgeon once every other week in the hope that it would help with cartilage growth. The HGH did lead to some growth, but unfortunately it was not enough for him to return to the NFL. However, he is now a personal trainer and can work out recreationally.
There are a few points to take on board, though. First, he was injecting directly into the injured joint, which should only be done by a qualified professional. This means that self-administration is out of the question for most of us. Second, he was using medical grade HGH, which is very difficult to get hold of on the black market – and if we get a lower-quality version of HGH, will it lead to any significant results? Either way, even black market HGH is up to 4 times more expensive than a black market steroid!
Are the risks worth it?
The potential risks of Human Growth Hormone are clear. Acromegaly, a condition which causes an increase in the size of bodily systems, including muscle, bone, and organs, is a real possibility. The more HGH you take (to try and increase the effectiveness of the therapy), the more likely you are to experience the negative effects of acromegaly. Enlarging systems can result in impaired function, and it’s not easy – and sometimes not even possible – to shrink them.
Given that, proper nutrition should be a priority before any supplements are involved in the rehabilitation process. Protein should increase so we can provide the body with the building blocks required for growth and repair. Next, we should ensure we have adequate amounts of fatty acids, as they can help reduce and control inflammation. Usually, carbohydrate intake will decrease during periods of rest and rehabilitation due to a lack of physical activity. When you have ensured a correct nutrition strategy is in place, you may then turn to products on the market like HGHX2. It’s an overwhelmingly cheaper option than both black market and pharmaceutical grade HGH, but it’s equally effective and the ingredients won’t lead to adverse effects like acromegaly.