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Human Growth Hormones and DNA
Now, those of you who know me know, when it comes to research I will seek out information far and wide to come to some relative conclusion about anything anti-aging. I have become over the past 20 years somewhat obsessed with the prospects of living a long, youthful, healthy, pain-free life.
Recently I was on Dr. Oz and witness for myself what being on his show can do for getting the word out about healthy lifestyle choices. S
First, what is GH? Growth Hormone is a protein-based peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration in humans and other animals. Growth hormone is an essential amino acid, or single-chain polypeptide that is synthesized, stored, and secreted by the somatotroph cells found in the front section of the pituitary gland.
Something here to note, Somatotropin refers to the growth hormone an animal or human naturally produce, whereas the term somatropin refers to growth hormone produced by recombinant DNA technology, and is abbreviated "HGH" in humans. Recombinant DNA (rDNA) is synthesized artificially. It differs from genetic recombination in that it does not occur through natural processes within the cell, but is engineered.
Werner Arber, Daniel Nathans, and Hamilton Smith, received the 1978 Nobel Prize in Medicine when they discovered the isolation and application of restriction endonucleases. This is how they developed recombinant DNA technology.
For adults with hormone deficiency or children with growth disorders, growth hormones are used in medicine. However, in more recent years (especially with the Dr. Oz airing of a product called SeroVital-hgh) HGH replacement therapies have become popular in the battle against ageing and obesity.
I’m not sure if this makes sense to you but to me my ears perk up. Hormones are manufactured in the glandular system and specificall, growth hormones are produced in the pituitary glad. It’s released into the bloodstream throughout your body. It passes to your fat cells and can cause them to shrink. Some enter your muscle cells and stimulates lean muscle growth. When it reaches the skin it maintains collagen production and stimulates fibrocytes and fibroblasts strengthening the fascial system – our supportive yet flexible tissue that creates the architectural stability of all definable parts of our body.
The problem is, although our body does manufacture growth hormone, the levels begin to decline as we age and the only way to restore this is to use injections of HGH. These synthetic injections are not only expensive, they are extremely controversial because researchers feel they can upset the body’s natural production of HGH.
When I heard about the Dr. Oz show touting SeroVital-hgh I immediately scoured the internet and the NCBI to see what I could find about their research. I found very little to conclude that taking their product is really the fountain of youth. The one study they did still concluded with: “Despite increasing mainstream use, evidence for whether oral amino acids stimulate GH is not clear.”
This is not me saying I don’t believe it, I simply want the research to continue because they are certainly in the right direction. It’s all in proposition but there are signs of hope that these things may lead us down the road to the fountain of youth.
Until then, I say MELT to keep your connective tissue juicy and stable, use sunscreen when you are going to be outdoors in direct sunlight for more than 20 minutes, eat a diet filled with fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fish and gluten-free grains, drink water consistently, and make sure to sleep in a dark room! All of these things help to improve your body’s ability to remain efficiently stable on all levels – physical, emotional, chemical, hormonal…
If I find any new information, you will be the first to know it. Stay healthy MELT community. And stay feeling youthful, vibrant, and full of life.
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Creator of the MELT Method®
Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, is a nationally recognized somatic-movement educator and manual therapist. Her decades of practice, research, and study of anatomical science and alternative therapies... View Articles