HGH, or the human growth hormone, is a hormone responsible for fuelling growth and development during childhood and maintaining and promoting optimum function of the different organs and tissues throughout life.
The small pituitary gland located at the base of the brain is the one secreting the hormone and its production slows down with age or as a response to specific dietary deficiencies and ailments.
Be wary of the fact that no food contains HGH but when and what you eat can affect HGH production in the body.
Foods Rich In Protein
Protein-rich foods can stimulate the secretion of HGH in the pituitary gland, notes Dr. Jaime G. Corvalan, noted author of the book “Beyond Bedside Manner.”
The building block of proteins, substances called amino acids, are responsible for this increase in the production of human growth hormones related to proteins. Due to the fact that proteins often come packed with high fat levels, go for lean foods which have a high protein to fat ratio.
Some of the most excellent sources of these foods include tuna, wild salmon, Greek-style plain yogurt, tempeh, quinoa, organic eggs, organic chicken, beef lean cuts, and almonds.
Foods Which Are Low in GI
Blood sugar levels that are high have the tendency to inhibit HGH production in the body, so consuming a diet that is rich in foods which are low in GI or glycemic index, can help in its promotion.
This glycemic index gauges the various effects that different foods can have on sugar levels in the blood. Foods which can trigger a spike in the blood sugar are located high on the list and those which causes a gradual fall and rise are ranked lower.
According to “The Complete Guide to Boosting HGH Naturally,” a noted fitness professional and college coach named Chris Gafner, notes that avoiding processed foods, which rank on the top part of the GI, is a good and healthy initial step towards increasing HGH production in the body.
Additionally, eat more fresh vegetable and fruits as this rank on the lower part of the GI list.
These goji berries, also known as wolfberries, came from the highlands of Mongolia and Tibet, where they were widely utilized for their medicinal characteristics for so many years. Wolfe notes that goji berries are good sources of polysaccharides, or the long sugar chain which boosts the immune reaction of the body.
Additionally, it contains 2-5 times more levels of antioxidants than blueberries. Experts recommend eating goji berries as these can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more HGH and it can provide your body with a host of many other health benefits.
In a book called “Secrets of Longevity” by a Chinese medicine practitioner names Maoshing Ni, it is recommended that one should eat foods which have high GABA or gamma aminobutyric acid levels, an amino acid which stimulates production of HGH.