The Facts About GHR

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GHR is an antiaging supplement that makes some extraordinary claims.
GHR is an antiaging supplement that makes some extraordinary claims. (Image: Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

GHR is a health supplement that a Canadian company called BIE Health Products produces. BIE Health promotes the product as a health supplement that is "now recognized as the bridge to a much longer and healthier life." BIE Health makes numerous claims about specific health benefits that you can achieve by taking the product.

Definition

BIE Health cites several studies indicating that the aging process is related to the body's declining production of human growth hormones as humans get older. According to the company, GHR contains several amino acids that have been shown to induce growth hormone secretion. These amino acids are called releasers, which stimulate the pituitary gland to release extra growth hormone (HGH). To receive the full benefit of these extra hormones, however, the user must "accentuate them to full potential with a proper diet and HGH-releasing exercises."

Health Claims

BIE Health claims that "clinical evidence demonstrates that by elevating human growth hormone, we can significantly reverse" the symptoms of aging. The company also attributes numerous health benefits to GHR, claiming that the supplement will help people to look younger; lose their fat; restore their hair growth and hair color; reduce their wrinkles; elevate their mood; improve their sleep; restore their sex drive; increase their energy; restore their bone and muscle mass; reduce their blood pressure and cholesterol; and regenerate their heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.

Ingredients

GHR contains more than 20 different ingredients. The active ingredients, however, are the amino acids that stimulate growth hormone production. These ingredients are L-arginine, L-lysine, L-glutamine, L-glycine, L-pyroglutamate, L-tyrosine and Gamma-aminobutyric acid.

Banned in Canada

GHR is readily available in the U.S., as it is classified as a natural supplement and is therefore not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In Canada, however, Health Canada -- Canada's equivalent of the FDA -- has banned the product since 2005, because of its unsubstantiated health claims. According to Health Canada, GHR may cause negative side effects, including hyperthyroidism, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, excessive sweating and nervousness and anxiety. Furthermore, a Health Canada product analysis indicates that GHR users may also experience allergic reactions and drug or hormone interactions.

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