Study Shows Promising Results for So-Called “Youth Pill,” But What Are The Risks?


It seems we are obsessed with finding the magic bullet to remain youthful. In contrast to many cultures that embrace age with wisdom and status, we as a society spend billions of dollars on beauty and anti-aging products/procedures in hope to retain our youthful appearance. The latest spark of hope comes from a recent presentation that has stirred up interest among investors, health experts and those seeking the forever fountain of youth.

This past September, attendees at the Obesity Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Meeting were made aware of the results of a double blind, clinical trial that intrigued many—an orally administered compound said to increase mean serum (blood) growth hormone levels by 682 percent! The proprietary amino acid complex, known as SeroVital is believed to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce the body’s own human growth hormone (HGH; versus supplementing or injecting with HGH). With age, our ability to produce HGH dramatically decreases and it is believed to be a leading cause in weight gain, muscle atrophy and potentially accelerated aging.

At the Conference, Dr. Heaton explained to attendees:

“ … Its unique amino acid formulation encourages the pituitary gland to produce HGH at more youthful levels. This is actually better than HGH injections, because rather than making your body dependent on an outside source of the hormone, SeroVital provides a more natural way of increasing serum (blood) HGH levels in the body.”

For some time, amino acid supplements or HGH injections have been a hot topic among leading sports and medical aesthetic industry experts. Some major associations have issued statements discouraging the use of HGH due to unforeseen long-term health effects, such as:

“The risks and foreseeable dangers of the uncontrolled use of highly potent and non-approved pharmaceutical compounds in healthy individuals are of considerable concern.”

Also, there is clinical (animal) evidence to show that high levels of circulating HGH actually decreases life span. It was shown that increased levels of HGH significantly decreased endogenous antioxidant enzymes that counter oxidative stress (the physiological decline that occurs in aging is thought to result, in part, from accumulation of oxidative damage generated by reactive oxygen species). This has created some thought around sustained levels of HGH may actually reduce life span.

Although the preliminary study seems impressive, there is still much to learn about this proprietary supplement. SeroVital will cost you $100 per month, must be taken on an empty stomach and they encourage following a healthy diet and lifestyle. I assume if you follow those directions, you will lose fat, gain muscle and those crow’s feet and frown lines will disappear?


Yours in Health & Beauty,


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