Are you confused about all these new HGH supplements coming up that claim to provide amazing benefits especially in your workouts? This article is for you!

Why HGH supplements for bodybuilding?

HGH has long been a favorite of bodybuilders and athletes. There are several theories as to how it works to help enhance muscle growth, reduce recovery time, even help in weight loss etc. and several scientific studies have already been done to prove this.

HGH or Human Growth Hormone, released from the pituitary gland in hypothalamus region of the brain is perhaps the most important hormone in the body with some amazing influence on your overall health and fitness and even sex drive.

But, the problem is that all studies that have been done on its capacity to enhance muscle growth were done with HGH injections and not supplements or pills. Don't get fooled that the pills contain HGH. I'll come to that later.

And HGH injections are illegal to obtain unless you are prescribed them.

So bodybuilders make use of HGH injections either illegally, or they find a loophole and get a prescription or get it shipped from overseas. But, HGH injections for bodybuilding are getting harder and harder to get hold of now-a-days.

Another problem with HGH injections is that there can be complications and side effects like carpel tunnel syndrome etc.

So, the sports supplements industry capitalized on the fact that HGH injections are a host of issues, so why not sell something to consumers that can enhance the body's own natural production of HGH instead of the exogenous(supplied from outside the body) injection.

And so, various HGH products like Growth Factor-9 came in to existence.

What is Growth-Factor 9?

Growth Factor-9 is an HGH secretagogue, or releaser, that has recently been produced by Novex Biotech. It aims to enhance your physical performance. The marketing of this product claims that it is a “complex hormone antecedent” that will allow you to take complete advantage of your physicality, and also release all your anti-aging potential. Recently, media has made claims that this product might just be too good to be true.

Why Does GF-9 Contain same ingredients as SeroVital?

GF-9 markets itself with SeroVital, an anti-aging supplement. Originally sold by the Sierra Research Group via SanMedica, it seems odd at first glance that it would appear in a sports supplement. The PR person from the Sierra Research Group, Kerry Pack, claims that there is a strong connection between SeroVital and GF-9. She claims that "SeroVital HGH" is in such high demand that SanMedica has allowed Novex Biotech to sell SeroVital as Growth Factor-9 at the health store GNC. The goal is to expose more people to this compound.

What Does Dr. Oz Say About Growth Factor-9?

Dr. Oz doesn’t necessarily endorse specific products. He enthusiastically states the HGH boosting abilities of this compound found in a recent study on his show, especially as it spikes one’s HGH levels six times its normal amount. Though the results are quite similar to that of GF-9, Dr. Oz does not make specific references to GF-9 per se.

Why I don't like Growth Factor-9?

1). First off, if a product is heavily promoted and advertised with a huge budget, I get skeptic.

The sports and bodybuilding community runs heavily on word of mouth. If a product is that good, they really need not play so many marketing gimmicks. Just gives me the feelings that the money is being spent the wrong way. Instead of focusing on quality and ingredients of the product, they're happy with their marketing campaigns.

2). The product relies heavily on a study done on their proprietary blend of amino acids which is clinically proven to raise Human Growth Hormone levels. (The study measured GH levels after administration of the compound and not the muscle growth benefits of the participants etc. while as I said earlier, the "muscle enhancement effect" are done with only HGH injections).

So, they claim their amino acids can raise growth hormone levels. BIG DEAL!

Such studies had already been done - one on combination of lysine and arginine amino acids which increased HGH levels in the body. Reviews and benefits of these amino acids are already well-known. Other studies involved some other amino acids like L-glutamine, (which by the way is an excellent sports supplement).

Another hGH product which has not promoted itself heavily, has also undergone similar study. It's GenF20 Plus which is supposedly an anti aging product and has the exact same ingredients and formulation as HyperGH14x , a sports supplement. The company behind these products is same, while Serovital's company has partnership with Novex Biotech, the company behind Growth Factor-9.

Here is a snapshot of the study on the formulation of HyperGH14x and GenF20 Plus. You can download full study on the GenF20 Plus website.

I am not sure whether medical studies are done on other HGH supplements out there but regarding Growth Factor-9 and HyperGH14x, studies have been done for sure with positive outcomes.

But, HyperGH14x doesn't get so much media attention as Growth Factor-9. And why did Dr. OZ not mention "Growth Factor-9" or "Serovital" specifically if the study was so ground-breaking?

Interestingly, HyperGH14x also comes with Alpha GPC Oral Spray which many bodybuilders, athletes and even people interested in nootropics and enhancing brain function are interested.

By the way, your brain, has lots to perform when it comes to bodybuilding. Brain is the region where most crucial hormones of your body like HGH, dopamine, LH, FSH are produced. That is why, probably, you'd need Alpha GPC Oral Spray which enhances neurons functioning.

According to HyperGH14x's official site, it even activates fast-twitch fibers within your muscles, for harder, stronger muscle contractions and greater muscle endurance.

Even more interestingly, Alpha GPC has been proven in clinical trials to increase HGH Release By Up To 4,100% During Workouts! (Compared To A 2.6% Increase *Without* Alpha-GPC)

Difference of 4000 and 2.

Now, that's a clinical study that excites me.

Actually NOT!

As a person who has experimented with several supplements, I know the ingredients like these work via a "shock mechanism". So, they do increase HGH levels albeit for a short time.

Your diet and workouts will go a long way in achieving the body you want, along with these HGH supplements.

Make the most of what these supplements can do to enhance your HGH.

Another study from "Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition: 2008, 5 (Suppl 1):P15" -- Supplementing with Alpha-GPC prior to workouts has been shown to improve overall bench press power while reducing post-workout respiratory rate!

OK, back to Growth-Factor 9. Now you see, why I don't get easily sold on GF-9's study even if they've invested so much money in advertising it.

3). Ingredients

An ingredients based comparison is usually not fair. But, perhaps I've got to inform my fellow bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts out there.

I don't really like the formulation in GF-9. On the basis of ingredients, HyperGH14x beats GF-9 anyday. Perhaps, that's why my workouts are better on HyperGH14x.

See, HyperGH14x has all the ingredients in GF-9 except the following - Oxo-Proline, N-Acetyl L Cysteine, Schizonepeta.

Not many bodybuilding supplements contain Oxo-Proline. You know why? Not much information and no studies confirm it helps in either increasing HGH production or enhancing muscle development or improving recovery times etc. Hell, Oxo-proline may even “draw out oxidative stress,” or cause a discrepancy among reactive oxygen and body’s capability to restore the damaged cells. This is a toxic like effect and may increase free radical damage causing cells to age faster than they should.

N-Acetyl L Cysteine is a good supplement proven to enhance Testosterone. When I took it standalone or in other products, I found my testicles felt heavier. HyperGH14x does not have it.

I don't know why would they add Schizonepeta in GF-9 though, which acts as a mild anti-aging supplement and not really proven to increase HGH production.

Now, lets look at the HyperGH14x ingredients which GF-9 doesn't have.

  • Some amino acids that GF-9 doesn't have -like L-Ornithine, L-Valine
  • Alpha GPC
  • Tribulus Terrestris Extract
  • Astragalus Root Extract
  • Deer Antler Velvet
  • GABA
  • Colostrum
  • Pituitary (Anterior) Powder
  • Phosphatidyl Choline
  • GTF Chromium

So, besides containing the amino acids that are clinically proven to enhance HGH like L-Lysine, L-Arginine,L-Glutamine etc., HyperGH14x also contains the above.

This is one highly thought out and clever formulation.

Each ingredient above does one or more of the following -

  • - helps in enhancing HGH via one mechanism or the other
  • - helps in enhancing Testosterone
  • - helps in enhancing brain function and improving "deep sleep" (Both are crucial for increasing HGH levels)
  • - provides more amino acids like "Deer Antler Velvet" which is a natural blend of several amino acids and also has "IGF-1", another chemical in your body that works hand in hand with HGH to build muscle

For example, chromium helps maintain glucose levels by enhancing insulin activity. And lower blood glucose levels can increase the release of HGH!

There is a lot to talk about these ingredients, which I'll do some other day, hopefully.

"Deer Antler Velvet", in studies has shown to enhance HGH and IGF-1 levels.

You can read about all the ingredients and what they do on this page.

4). Enteric coated pills

When I buy a supplement to enhance my workouts, I make sure I am getting every penny-worth of value out of it. Do you know, your stomach acid can destroy as much as 50% of the oral ingredients you swallow. One of the reason why junkies prefer to IV their drugs, rather than take it orally. 

And we know their stuff is expansive.

HyperGH14x goes ahead and safeguards their ingredients in "Enteric coated pills" to increase ingredient absorption by up to 80-90%.

I'd rather buy a supplement from a company that goes to this length to provide value to their consumer, rather than one which focuses heavily on PR and marketing.

The Possible Side Effects and Risks Involved!

I have not found any extreme side effects of GF-9 or HyperGH14x when it is utilized as directed. All the ingredients seem to be safe, even when consumed on a regular basis. Keep in mind, however, that you should not overdoze more than the suggested dose. This may increase the risks of side effects.

Amino acids like L-Arginine are safe in regular amounts; but an excess of it may lead to stomach pains, bloating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

GF-9 can also be incompatible with specific medications, so make sure you consult with a physician before you take the supplement or change your diet and exercise.

Return Policy

Novex Biotech claims that their product has a full refund guarantee, but does not offer any other specifics on this matter.

Bottom Line

The GF-9 product contains many beneficial amino acids, but don’t seem to fully produce the anti-aging and workouts effects you may seek. The simple fact is that HGH supplements like this product are often over-marketed.

I do not feel completely confident in recommending Growth Factor-9, as I genuinely feel there are other supplements like HyperGH14x that are both more affordable and produce more effective results.