Throughout history, bodybuilders have been searching for that boost of growth hormone (HGH) and its remarkable advantages.
HGH not only enhances the production of muscle but also reduces body fat percentages and improves cardiovascular health. It even has effects on mood, sleep quality, and overall performance. This is a glimpse into the health benefits of HGH.
Naturally, our pituitary gland produces this substance. However, as time passes, its production gradually decreases.
Worry not! There are ways to give your HGH levels a needed boost. Interestingly enough, green tea happens to be one of these weapons.
How does this simple tea achieve results? Well, let's talk about epigallocatechin (EGCG), the component found in green tea. A recent study conducted by the Alternative Medicine Review revealed that EGCG directly affects HGH levels.
Imagine this: Participants followed a calorie-restricted diet enriched with tea extracts while others consumed a placebo for 90 days.
What were the outcomes? Brace yourself! The green tea group experienced a 320% increase in their Growth Hormone levels, leaving the placebo group behind with only a modest 20% rise.
But hold on, there's more! The green tea enthusiasts witnessed a 24% surge in their IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) while the placebo supporters lagged behind at 15%.
Here's the exciting part: Those who were fond of tea managed to shed nearly three times as much weight compared to the placebo group. What's more interesting is that IGF-1 proves to be a more dependable indicator of hormonal changes than HGH.
What's truly remarkable is that both IGF-1 and HGH levels increased significantly with the tea regimen.
Although it took some time for these results to become evident, they finally emerged near the end of the study period (yes, after those 90 days).
So when it comes to tea and its impact on Growth Hormone levels, consistency is key—like with your training and diet.