Bodybuilding Peptides for Muscle Growth
GH levels and its effect on muscle growth
High intensity training does this. GH and testosterone also do this. As we age, our growth hormone (somatopause) and testosterone (andropause in men) levels decline. While both increase briefly after exercise, growth hormone levelsÂ can be further elevated by bodybuilding peptides designed to stimulate GHÂ release from the anterior pituitary.
Bodybuilding peptides ordinarily fall into one of two categories.
- Growth Hormone StimulatingÂ Peptides
- Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides
Growth hormone has the additional benefit of stimulating connective tissue growth around the muscle (fascia, ligaments, tendons). This improves the connective tissueâ€™s recovery and repair after high-intensity training, and decreases the risk of overuse injury (tenosynovitis, tendinosis).
Bodybuilding Peptides â€“ Triggering the Release of IGF-1 into the blood
One of GHâ€™s main effects, is to trigger the liver to produce and release insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) into the blood. GH also triggers IGF-1 production within cells. IGF-1 has primarily proliferative effects, which means it stimulates cell multiplication (hyperplasia) as well as an increase in the size of the cell (hypertrophy) (Adams 2002, Munteanu 2004, Zingg 2004).
Growth Hormone levels in the blood are controlled by a negative feedback mechanism. GH and IGF-1 levels in the blood inhibit GHRH release fromÂ the hypothalamus, increase SST release from the hypothalamus, and decrease GH release from the pituitary gland(Patrie 2004, Veldhuis 2001). These changes decrease GH production until blood levels decrease and the negative feedback is removed.