The Douglass Report June 2011

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Reclaim your youthful vigor and vitality…safely, naturally, and for good

Youth is wasted on the young. I know that thought has crossed your mind more times than you can count. By the time you figure out what’s important in life, you’re lacking the vigor and vitality necessary to [fill in your own blank here]. And chances are, you just accept it because you don’t think you have a choice.

Well I’ve got news for you. You DO have a choice—and I’m living proof. I’m 85 years young, and I’m still body surfing, traveling the world, and wreaking havoc on the medical community with my daily diatribes.

I’d tell you it’s because of my steak-eating, cigar-smoking, brandy-drinking habits, but that’s only part of the reason I’m in better shape than people half my age.

If you were to check my levels of a certain “vitality hormone,” I’m positive you’d see that it’s on par with the levels seen in 20- and 30-somethings. And with just a few simple changes, you can get your levels back in order, too.

Signs and symptoms of aging: Why you don’t have to take them lying down

You might think I’m talking about testosterone, but not this time around. The vitality hormone absolutely necessary for the youthful vigor you’ve been missing is called growth hormone (although some in the medical community also call it somatrotropin).

Take a look at the long list of activities this one hormone is responsible for:

  • Repairing damaged tissue in bones, organs, and muscles
  • Maintaining muscle mass
  • Regulating insulin sensitivity and burning fat
  • Promoting a strong immune system
  • Supporting healthy blood vessels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels

Is it any wonder that low levels of this hormone could be responsible for those “tell-tale” sign of aging? You know the ones: muscle loss, decreased strength, decreased aerobic capacity, decreased bone mineral density, low energy, and abdominal fat?

Those aren’t just symptoms of age… they’re symptoms of growth hormone deficiency.

As you get older, your body stops producing as much growth hormone. If a young adult had your levels of growth hormone, doctors would think something was terribly wrong and would take the necessary action to correct it. Yet when those same levels are found in someone 60 or older, it’s just considered normal.

“Normal,” my right foot. That’s about as normal as Siamese twins… or Congress balancing the budget.

But there’s a second whammy here. Your pituitary gland releases growth hormone at regular intervals throughout the day like a pulse. But by the time you’re 25 years old, the power of that pulse declines by 50 percent every seven years or so—which means that not only are you producing less growth hormone, you have less of it circulating throughout your body.

And when that happens, muscle loss and reduced energy are the least of your worries. Having low circulating levels of growth hormone has also been shown to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

Fortunately, you can safely and easily restore your growth hormone levels to the same levels you had in your prime, and ultimately…

Reverse the symptoms of unhealthy aging

And you don’t have to rely on pricey and controversial injections to get results. You can naturally boost your GH levels quickly, easily, and safely. And the best way to do it? Eat a steak… or eggs… or anything else that’s high in protein.

Protein provides your body with amino acids, which are incredibly vital to growth hormone secretion. By loading up on protein-rich foods, or by taking amino acid supplements, you’ll be taking the steps necessary to stimulate the release of growth hormone from your pituitary.

And unlike many natural treatments, you don’t have to wait months, weeks, or even days before seeing a difference. Research has shown that you can…

Boost your levels of this vitality hormone in as little as 60 minutes

The most impressive research has been done on the amino acids arginine, lysine, and glutamine. Oral arginine and lysine supplements have been found to improve immune function in elderly people and cancer patients. And it’s no wonder. One study found that men given 1.5 grams of arginine and 1.5 grams of lysine experienced a 2.7-fold increase in their blood levels of growth hormone in as little as one hour.

Another study found that men given 1.2 grams of arginine along with 1.2 grams of lysine experienced an 8-fold increase in their blood levels of growth hormone in just 90 minutes.

Glutamine also has plenty of benefits. Taking just 2,000mg of glutamine can increase plasma growth hormone levels. Other studies have shown that it can help preserve muscle mass and help maintain lean body tissue. And similar to arginine and lysine, when men were given 2 grams of glutamine, they experienced a 4.3-fold increase in blood levels of growth hormone in just 90 minutes.

These aren’t just statistical improvements, either. Boosting growth hormone levels has been shown to…

  • Decrease fat mass
  • Increase lean body mass
  • Increase bone mineral density
  • Reduce carotid-artery intimal media thickness
  • Lower C-reactive protein
  • Increase cells that repair blood vessel walls
  • Increase ability to exercise
  • Improve overall vitality

All of this is good news for reclaiming your youthful vigor and vitality. But don’t stop reading just yet because…

Boosting your growth hormone levels is only half the battle

The reality is, you have a substance in your body whose sole purpose is to inhibit growth hormone. In a healthy person, this helps keep your growth hormone in check. (After all, you don’t want too little or too much of a good thing.) But when your growth hormone levels are already suffering, the presence of somatostatin can deal a deathblow.

The infamous inhibitor is called somatostatin.

For that third and final layer of protection, you’ll need to keep this infamous inhibitor in check—and the best way to do that is with a substance called CDP-choline (technically, cytidine-5’-diphosphate choline).

One study published in Acta Endocrinologica (Copenhagen) found that giving CDP-choline to healthy adults resulted in a four-fold increase in growth hormone levels. Another study published in Endocrinol Jpn. also found that giving adults CDP-choline increased serum growth hormone levels.

And according to evidence published in Alternative Medicine Review, clinical trials have also shown that CDP-choline could potentially improve age-related memory impairment, boost cognitive performance in early Alzheimer’s, and support recovery after a stroke.

Of course, supplements are never the end-all, be-all for healthful living. In addition to these specific growth hormone-boosting supplements, take a look at…

4 lifestyle changes that will make a big difference

  1. Lose the spare tire. If you’re collecting fat in your belly area (gut check), your growth hormone secretion is likely even more impaired. Shed the fat, boost the growth hormone.
  2. Cut out the carbs. (As if you needed one more reason to clear out the white stuff.) The insulin spike that occurs as the result of sugar doesn’t just increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, it also decreases your growth hormone levels.
  3. Eat a high-protein snack before bedtime. For starters, it contains the amino acids that help facilitate growth hormone release. Beyond that, it keeps insulin release down, encouraging growth hormone secretion.
  4. Get more (and better) sleep . Growth hormone secretion occurs mainly at night during deep sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not getting enough growth hormone. One simple way to boost your sleep AND your growth hormone production is with the amino acid glycine. One study done on insomniacs found that taking glycine right before bed helped people to fall into deep sleep faster, and improved sleep quality.

One more word about growth hormone. This one vitality hormone is absolutely essential for brain health. Not only have studies shown that low levels are associated with poor cognitive performance, they’ve also proven that getting your levels back to normal can improve cognition and memory.

The Physician’s Health Study followed 460 male doctors and determined that those who had high levels of growth hormone during mid-life had better cognitive performance as they got older.

It’s no wonder. The same blood vessels that supply your brain with oxygen and nutrients also carry growth hormone. As you get older, those blood vessels on the surface of your brain decrease, which essentially creates a roadblock that prevents the nutrients from getting where they need to go.

This roadblock occurs when your endothelial progenitor cells (the cells responsible for repairing and maintaining the blood vessels) short circuit. But when you restore your levels of growth hormone, two things happen: First, you boost your body’s supply of this critical hormone. Second (and just as importantly), you help to protect the blood vessels that carry the growth hormone where it needs to go.

Restoring the secretion of growth hormone improves the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other—and improves your memory and cognition in the process.