Smart Consumer – part 2

How can you tell if a supplement is worthwhile, or just a scam? For starters, read the label.

While some HGH supplements claim to contain actual HGH (in microscopic doses, because real therapeutic doses requires a prescription), other HGH supplements claim they promote the body to produce more HGH. Let’s look at the ingredient list of such a Human Growth Hormone supplement.

  • Niacin
  • B-6
  • Folic Acid
  • B-12
  • L-Arginine
  • L-Lysine
  • Ornithine
  • Glutamine
  • Glycine
  • Gama-aminobutyric acid
  • Calcium

Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Now let’s ignore the fact that there is absolutely no scientific evidence that these supplements encourage the pituitary gland to create more GH than it would have otherwise. Let’s just look at the price: $60 for one month’s supply. Now go find a good multi-vitamin (I like Twinlabs Dualtabs), an amino acid supplement and anything else needed to match these ingredients, add up the price and the total will be much much less than $60. Heck, you could go to GNC on a Friday and still purchase these items for a fraction of the cost. If they want you to pay big bucks for a list of ingredients that you could put together yourself for much much less, odds are its a scam.

The ad for this unnamed supplement listed above also follows one of the techniques mentioned yesterday. The first paragraph in the ad talks about the benefits of therapeutic doses of HGH (which is injected and requires a prescription from a doctor). The second paragraph talks about their supplement. Then it goes back to talking about real HGH, then their supplement again, back and forth. Its not surprising that the average reader will believe that this collection of vitamins and amino acids will deliver all the benefits of prescription HGH.

The bottom line is that all HGH supplements that you can buy at your local health food store are scams, snake oil. There is no scientific evidence that any over the counter supplement will cause your body to increase its production of growth hormone. Therapeutic doses of HGH, injected daily, costs hundreds of dollars per week. Since real HGH requires a prescription, supplements that claim to contain real HGH must legally contain only microscopic amounts. Such doses, even sprayed under your tongue as directed, will make absolutely no difference in the amount of HGH in your body.

Rather than buying HGH supplements from your health food store, you’ll get much better results by spending that money on more beef and chicken.

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