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Everything You Need to Know About Human Growth Hormone

Get the facts about this powerful anabolic hormone, then decide if HGH is right for you.


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The M&F guide to GH-boosting agents

The following list breaks down GH-boosting agents into seven categories: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones, vital agents, herbs and botanicals, and adaptogenic herbs.

Many of the items listed here—such as vitamins A, B5, B12, chromium, and zinc—can be found in a daily multivitamin. Amino acids such as arginine, glutamine, and taurine are in many of our favorite pre- and post-workout supplements. Others, such as the hormone CHEA, the botanical extract chrysin, and the adaptogenic herb panaz ginseng, might not be part of the common products you already take but are sold separately.

Everything listed here is backed by years of research supporting its efficacy.


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid
  • Inositol Hexanicotinate


  • Chromium
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Iodine

Amino Acids

  • Glutamine
  • Glycine
  • Carnitine
  • Arginine
  • GABA
  • Taurine
  • Lysine
  • Ornithine alpha ketoglutarate


  • DHEA
  • Melatonin

*Braverman says that real HGH is the only way to go if you truly have a deficiency, but added, “There’s no question that when you take other hormones—testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone—lots of people get growth hormone increases.”

Vital Agents

  • Colostrum
  • Alpha GPC

Herbs, Botanicals

  • Tribulus terrestris
  • Chrysin
  • Coleus forskohlii
  • Griffonia simplicifolia
  • Milk thistle (silymarin)

Adaptogenic Herbs

(Herbs with multiple, nonspecific actions that generally promote overall wellness)

  • Panax ginseng
  • Eleuthero root
  • Ashwagandha root
  • Schizandra berry
  • Astragalus root
  • Dong quai
  • Wild yam extract
  • Fo-Ti root extract
  • Lycium berry
  • Red date fruit

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