Smart Consumer – part 3

One last rant about how all HGH supplements are scams: Know your metric units

Many HGH supplements available at your local health food store come in liquid form that are to be sprayed under your tongue. Some of these claim to contain actual GH in “the maximum dose allowed by law”. Others claim to be GH promoters, amino acids and vitamins, that will encourage your body to produce more GH naturally. Ignoring the fact that there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, let’s look at the label. All the sprays that I looked at listed their doses in nanograms.

For those in the U.S. who are metrically challenged, here is a quick review:

1 milligram (mg) = 10-3 grams = 1/1000 grams

1 microgram (mcg) = 10-6 grams = 1/1,000,000 grams

1 nanogram (ng) = 10-9 grams = 1/1,000,000,000 grams

If you’ve ever taken a Vitamin C tablet, you know how big is a gram. A 1000 mg tablet is one gram. One nanogram is 1 one billionth of a gram.

Most of the sprays I looked at showed that they contained 2000 to 4000 ng of their active ingredients. 2000 nanograms is 2 micrograms is 2/1000 milligrams. I suppose saying something contains 2000 ng sounds more impressive than saying 2 mcg. Either way, its a very small amount.

By the way, therapeutic dose of real HGH from a pharmacy is 4-6 milligrams per day and costs hundreds of dollars per week.

One last time: All HGH supplements that you can buy without a prescription are scams.

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