One of the main components in Pure Solutions products is IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), which is essentially the end result of growth hormones. There have been considerable adverse publicity and misnomers about the effects the synthetic version of this polypeptide allegedly has on the human body. But on the contrary, many studies show that natural IGF-1 has a multitude of positive benefits for the treatment of several debilitating conditions. In fact, research actually concludes that increased natural levels of this hormone have a protective and stimulatory effect on the immune system. The negative side effects that can be attributed to these isolates and HGH come solely from synthetic versions that are developed in laboratories.
Velvet Antler Extract
Velvet antler extract provides a natural source of bio-available insulin-like growth factor. The IGF-1 delivered in Pure Solutions products is provided as it naturally occurs with all of the bio-active constituents in balance. When other nutritional supplement companies add isolates to strengthen their products, they are disturbing the natural balance and diminishing the quality of their product.
Also, because the nutrients provided from Pure Solutions velvet antler extract products are naturally derived and balanced, the nutrients that your body does not use are passed through your urine and sweat to prevent overdosing.
Some of the Characteristics of an IGF-1 Deficiency Include:
- Reduced exercise performance
- Reduced heart output and sweating
- Reduced sex drive and functions
- Reduced skeletal muscle strength and size
- Increased abdominal and visceral fat
- Increased body fat percentage
- Insulin resistance (which can lead to type II diabetes)
- Decreased hair and nail growth
- Thin skin
- Decreased HDL cholesterol
- Elevated LDL cholesterol
- Emotional instability
- Poor memory
- Reduced thyroid function
- Building muscle mass
There is a tremendous amount of focus in the training of athletes today to get bigger, stronger, and faster by any and all means possible. Unfortunately, this often involves the use of synthetic anabolic agents that have devastating long-term ramifications on the human body. Human growth hormone injections, steroids, and other harmful agents have destructive effects on muscle tissues, the endocrine and exocrine systems, and even DNA.
Natural insulin-like growth factor is a far safer alternative for building muscle mass and is more effective than growth hormone supplementation itself. In fact, the majority of increases in strength and muscle, as well as the anti-aging effects of growth hormone, are due to its ability to raise IGF-1 levels in the body. This hormone also acts as an anti-catabolic and plays a role in preventing muscle atrophy, increasing muscle growth and increasing protein synthesis. Our formulas include an all-natural version of IGF-1 and growth hormone, absent of any of the negative side effects often experienced with synthetic formulas.
One of the major issues with losing weight and restricting calorie intake is the accompanying loss in muscle mass. Muscle mass has been directly proven to stimulate an increased metabolism and fat loss. Studies have shown that individuals receiving human growth hormones experience a significant lipolysis effect. Growth hormones increase the fat burning mechanism intrinsic to IGF-1, therefore preserving and increasing lean body mass. The natural compound also reduces cortisol levels and improves and regulates hormonal levels, which can be affected by calorie-restricted diets. Improving the preservation of muscle mass when fat loss is experienced may also improve the health of an individual during weight loss procedures.
Slowing the Aging Process
Growth hormone is the primary hormone of the endocrine system. As it pulsates out from the pituitary gland, it is quickly converted by the liver into IGF-1, the metabolite form of the hormone that is ready for use by the body. Growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor levels significantly decrease as humans get older, especially after the age of 40. The decline in growth hormones is directly associated with certain aging signs such as wrinkling skin, graying hair, decreasing energy and sexual function, increasing body fat, heart disease, and weak and brittle bones. All of these symptoms of aging may be slowed down and even reversed by administering natural hormones to counteract the biological aging process. In addition, research has shown that IGF-1 reverses the shrinking of the thymus, which is one of the most important immune modulation organs in the body.
This research shows exciting benefits of IGF-1 for those looking to halt and/or reverse the aging process.
Insulin-like growth factor has the potential to increase lifespan. DNA is the blueprint of life that determines age. Dr. Vincent Giampapa, Director of Clinical Research at the Longevity Institute International, has studied how natural sources of IGF-1 may soon be able to turn old cells into new ones. This hormone can help produce new cells and keep them in a healthy state for as long as possible.
The ability of cells to function relies on the genetic material of DNA. This resides in the nucleus of the cell that codes for all proteins, hormones, and enzymes that make the cell run. Oxygen radicals and other factors (such as UV light) are constantly damaging DNA. It has the ability to repair itself, but this ability is dramatically reduced in the aging process. Certain antioxidants can reduce the damage to DNA, but none have been shown to be as effective in doing so as IGF-1.
Improving Immune System Responses
There is an interesting relationship between IGF-1 and the immune system. The activity between all major immune cell types such as T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells, and macrophages is altered with increased levels of insulin-like growth factor. This is because increased levels are involved in the production of lymphocytes, and, in turn, can actually produce more of the hormone. This provides an alternate source of IGF-1 production other than the liver and a baseline for cellular communication between the immune system and the neuro-endocrine system.
Additional Growth Factor Benefits
Cosmetic and Topical Applications of Growth Factors
Photo damaged skin is the consequence of life long exposure to the sun. In fact, most changes in our skin as we get older are accelerated by the sun’s rays. These changes come in forms of wrinkles, dark spots, skin cancer, broken vessels, yellowing skin tones, and droopy or leathery skin. Researchers have noticed that photo damaged skin correlates with certain aspects of acute and chronic wound healing. Growth factors have demonstrated positive cosmetic and clinical outcomes from topical applications for photo damaged skin. These factors can initiate wound healing, promote new skin cell proliferation, increase collagen formation, stimulate formation of capillaries under the skin to deliver oxygen to the skin, and participate in tissue rejuvenation on multiple levels. Growth factors may hold the key to reducing signs of skin aging and repairing photo damaged skin.
Tendon, Ligament, Bone, and Connective Tissue Healing
Growth factors can enhance fracture-healing rates in bones, ligaments, tendons, and open wounds. These include the following:
- Bone morphogenetic protein
- Transforming growth factor β
- Fibroblast growth factor
- Vascular endothelial
- Platelet derived growth factor
- Epidermal growth factor
- Insulin like growth factor (IGF-1)
Many of these growth factors in velvet antler extract initiate the tissue rebuilding process, while reducing inflammation and stimulating collagen production. Many of these factors are present in multiple stages of the healing process and play a role in shortening and improving the recovery from tissue laceration, ruptures, tears, and inflammation.