By Josh Atwell of A&K Labs

Amino acids are in food make up the protein. When protein from the food or supplements we digested is broken down into precise amino acids, which are then selectively put together for diverse uses within the body. Amino acids have an effect on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are also essential for many things such as; healing wounds and repairing tissues, especially in the muscles, bones as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste produced during metabolism.

According to numerous sources (which will be shown in the following article), individual amino acid supplementation when taken orally or intravenously can lead to a spike in human growth hormone or HGH.

Why is HGH useful?

Human growth hormone can assist in many things that can help athletes achieve their goals;

  • Increased healing,
  • Reduced fat storage,
  • Lowered body fat,
  • Production of new muscle fibres,
  • Better sleep,
  • Anti-aging properties

Through the supplementation of amino acids, we can spike our human growth hormone output and amplify the natural pulse that occurs during and immediately post exercise. The following amino acids are the most researched and commonly associated with increased HGH production.


L-arginine is an amino acid. L-arginine is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as supplement.

Arginine is the most commonly researched amino acid in recent years when it comes to body hacking and HGH production some recent studies show;

  • Many studies using oral arginine have shown that arginine alone increases the resting growth hormone levels at least 100%.
  • “…taking arginine during intense exercise appears to dependably increase growth hormone. A study offered in the February 2011 issue of the “Journal of Nutrition” observed at the impact of a single bout of exercise. Participants received arginine or placebo during weight lifting. The supplement, relative to a placebo, further enhanced the standard exercise-induced increase in HGH. Arginine intake did not cause allergic reactions.” (Linnaeus and Linnaeus)
  • “in 4 trials in Sixteen healthy young men. Test 1 performed exercise and ingested placebo, trial 2 ingested 1,500 mg L-arginine and 1,500 mg L-lysine immediately followed by isometrics, trial three same as trial two only without exercise and trial four no exercise and placebo. Growth hormone was increased in test 3 where amino acids were ingested”.
  • Another investigation supplemented with 1.2g of L-lysine, and 1.2 mg of L-arginine increased human growth hormone levels within 30 mins and peaked after 90 mins with its human growth hormone concentrations elevated up to 8 times greater than basal levels.

As we can see in these studies dosing arginine before exercise (or by itself) can raise growth hormone levels


L-Ornithine is a non-protein amino acid that is an intermediate of the urea cycle, and provision of ornithine to a cell is the rate limiting step of the cycle.

  • …arginine and ornithine supplementation on serum growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1, Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3 (GH, IGF-1, IGFBP-3), testosterone, cortisol, and insulin levels. During 3-week resistance training, bodybuilders were randomly divided between L-Arginine / L-ornithine group and the placebo group. Fasting blood samples were collected at rest, 2 minutes after the cessation of the training, and after 1 hour of recovery. Both growth hormone and Insulin-like growth factor-1 serum levels were significantly increased (p < 0.05). There was no between-group difference in the remaining hormone levels.

As we can see in the above research ornithine and arginine, create a potent synergistic effect on the body’s ability to produce HGH. We have one last amino acid to review, glutamine.


L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the bloodstream, and it makes up 30–35% of the amino acid nitrogen in your blood. It’s known as a conditionally essential amino acid because your body uses it in large amounts.

  • “Glutamine may boost HGH levels, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Louisiana State College of Medicine. They discovered that subjects consuming 2 grams of glutamine experienced increases in HGH levels. Their findings were reported in the 1995 issue of “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” (“10 Ways To Increase Your HGH Levels Naturally”)
  • The rise of growth hormone occurred 90 minutes after oral supplementation in seven out of eight subjects, and it exceeded the time control value by 4-fold. However, one hour of high-intensity exercise can result in a 20-fold increase in plasma growth hormone concentration.


If you want to raise your HGH naturally and efficiently supplementing with some amino acids may be a worthwhile endeavour. You could expect to increase your spikes from anywhere from 100%-500% and enjoy all the benefits of increased human growth hormone production. If you’d like to try our option for a oral supplement just click here


  • “Ten Ways To Boost Your HGH Levels Naturally”. The Body Well. N.p., 2017. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.
  • JA, Kanaley. “Growth Hormone, Arginine And Exercise. — Pubmed — NCBI”. N.p., 2017. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.
  • Linnaeus, Tomas and Tomas Linnaeus. “Growth Hormone & L-Arginine”. LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 2017. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.Amino acids and Human Growth Hormone production

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