Human Growth Hormone or HGH, for short, is a synthetic human growth hormone. Roughly in our 40s, our pituitary gland (located in your brain) gradually reduces the amount of the natural growth hormone it produces. It is believed that this reduction in the level of natural growth hormone is the aging culprit.

HGH research shows that there are many setbacks involved, the most frightening being that long-term research has not been conducted. So, if we started taking HGH at age 40 until for 20 years, we are not certain of the side effects we will suffer at age 60. Scary, isn't it? Also scary is the fact that some doctors promise you reversal of aging with HGH, if you are willing to pay big bucks for it.

Although you can find HGH widely available on the internet and other places in the form of vitamins or what have you by ingesting it, the truth is you can only really obtain the synthetic human growth hormone with a doctor's prescription and is in the form of injection. All other forms that are ingested are absorbed by the stomach and have not shown any proof of working.

HGH is federally approved for medical reasons only showing positive results in adults suffering from growth hormone deficiencies with regards to: increased bone density and muscle mass; improved mood and motivation in subjects; boosted the heart's ability to contract; and reduced body fat.

Due to the incredible results for those who required it for medical purposes only, it has led many to believe that HGH can work for those looking for the fountain of youth.

Risks of taking HGH when not medically required:

carpal tunnel symptoms;
swelling in arms and legs;
high blood pressure;
arthritis-like symptoms;
hardening of the arteries;
muscle pain;
abnormal bone growth;
abnormal organ growth;

Studies of healthy adults taking HGH have been short-termed, and it is therefore difficult to judge whether these side-effects subside over time or worsen.

While we are all in this anti-aging battle, we must consider the pros and cons of new products on the market and how much damage they may cause us.

In the meantime, studies have shown that regular exercise has many of the positive results that HGH can have, so (upon consulting your doctor) start a workout routine and stick to it; you will feel better, look better, you'll be more energetic and build muscle mass, among others. One other major benefit of exercise: you'll be healthier naturally without chemicals. Without frowning upon HGH, perhaps more studies should be conducted before taking the plunge.