Human growth hormone is becoming increasingly popular over the recent decades because of the speculations on numerous benefits, which HGH can bring. In this article, we will examine nine interesting facts about HGH so that you get an understanding about what growth hormone is and how does it work.

1. HGH is produced by a pea-sized organ in the brain. Production of growth hormone is regulated by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of your brain. The pituitary gland is as small in size as a pea, but the hormone which it produces controls some of the vital functions in the body.

2. HGH controls growth and cell producing. Among these vital functions, human growth, cell producing and cell regeneration are the most important ones. Thus, the level of human growth hormone is directly connected to the level of the body’s development.

3. Lack of GH leads to serious disorders... If your pituitary gland does not produce enough HGH, you will face growth hormone deficiency Children (and sometimes adults) with GH deficiency experience growth failure, slower development of the body, lower height, and sometimes increased body fat. 

4. ...As well as the excess of growth hormone. Growth hormone deficiency is a terrible disease, but acromegaly also is not that pleasant. People who suffer from excessive levels of HGH experience enlargement of the jaw, nose, and forehead. In worst cases, acromegaly results in diabetes, heart problems, and other issues with health.

5. GH deficiency can be treated by synthetic HGH. Scientists have found a pretty effective way of fighting growth hormone deficiency. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, scientists from the company Genentech developed DNA-derived growth hormone, which is known as rHGH. Although it might have slight side effects, it is really helpful, especially for growth-deficient children.

6. Cadavers were the main source of artificial HGH once. It was not until 1985 that doctors started to use DNA-derived HGH. Before 1985, scientists used growth hormone harvested from cadavers; of course, such treatment was available to a limited number of people and was extremely expensive. Doctors had stopped doing that after it was discovered that such treatment may cause lethal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which literally destroys the brain from inside. 

7. Healthy adults, including Hollywood stars, also take HGH. Although growth hormone was originally designed for treating growth deficient children, more and more athletes and other healthy adults start using HGH for muscle growth, fat loss, anti-aging, strengthening immune system, or enhancing libido. The media reports that a lot of celebrities, such as Hollywood movie stars, have become “crazy for human growth hormone”, a vial of youth, as they say. 

8. GH for performance enhancement seems quite promising… Synthetic growth hormone would not become increasingly popular among athletes and Hollywood celebrities for no reason. Scientific research proves that the use of HGH is helps increase muscle mass, lose body fat and balance weight, and reverse some of the anti-aging processes. Growth hormone will not do a miracle, but can be really beneficial, especially when combined with training and/or proper diet.

9. ...But its effects are not researched well enough. While plenty of studies show that HGH has a positive impact on healthy individuals as well, scientists claim that the use of artificial HGH for anti-aging has not been sufficiently studied yet. That is why the use of HGH by non-GH-deficient individuals is prohibited in the United States by the FDA.