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Question: Should I trust online HGH products?

 kreuzer - Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:53 am

I'm 18 years old, male, Asian, about 170 cm in height. I am still growing naturally, and my current height is certainly within the acceptable range but I was thinking of maybe obtaining some sort of boost.

After browsing the internet I have found several products and stopped on the website, which advocates using HGH for growth purposes. Being hot-headed I ordered a bottle of their product but upon receiving it am currently having doubts.

Should this product be trusted? After some research I have seen that the FDA has not approved the use of HGH for other that disease-treating purposes. However, the active ingredients on the bottle is not the growth hormone itself but several amino acids (such as L-Tyrosine, L-valine, L-isoleucine and several others) as well as the Chromium Glucose Tolerance Factor. The quantity of each amino acid in the "proprietary blend" is not mentioned.

Should I continue taking this product? If so, is there any side effects I should be worried about? I have read several undesirable effects linked to amino acid supplements online, even including certain fatal prion diseases.

Apologies for the rather long post, and any recommendations or answers are greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot,

 John Kenyon, CNA - Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:01 pm

User avatar Hello Steve --

While there's not much to be concerned about regarding side effects, so long as the supplements are taken as directed, there's also not much to get excited about in terms of weight management. Tyrosine does have the potential, in high enough dosages, to cause agitation, increased heart rate, anxiety, etc. The problem with these supplements acquire via on-line sources, is that they are not well-regulated, so it's difficult to know with any certainty what you're ingesting in terms of actual doseage, not to mention purity.

I generally discourage use of this sort of vague "miracle" supplement, especially if acquire through on-line sources, since at least some of the more reputable retail "health" outlets take some care with being knowlegeable and carrying well-produced and fairly correct brands. This is still sometimes a questionable practice, but at least you have some chance of knowing precisely what you've bought.

I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck to you, and please follow up with us here as needed.

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