You’re never too old to grow. Of course, at this point you may not get taller, but you can certainly continue to get bigger — and not in the way most Americans do. Instead, you can add quality muscle mass by continuing to weight train and by supporting those efforts with supplements that encourage the release of growth hormone. This powerful anabolic hormone not only supports muscle building but also helps you burn more fat by freeing more of it from fat cells. Now that’s the right kind of growth.
Known primarily for its brain-boosting benefits, alpha-GPC also provides the body with choline, a nutrient that the brain uses to produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Choline has also been found to inhibit release of a hormone called somatostatin, which inhibits GH release from the pituitary gland. The end result is higher GH levels.
Dose: Take 100 to 600 milligrams of alpha-GPC 30 to 90 minutes before weight workouts. Add another dose before bed to boost GH levels while you sleep.
While this amino acid has primarily been used as a brain booster and sleep aid, recent research indicates it supports muscle growth through greater growth-hormone release. It also boosts GH during training when taken before workouts.
Dose: Take 3 to 5 grams before workouts and take another 3- to 5-gram dose before bed.
In addition to supporting nitric-oxide production, this amino acid also helps boost GH levels in the same way that alpha-GPC does — by inhibiting somatostatin. Adding the aminos lysine and ornithine supports arginine’s GH-boosting benefits.
Dose: Take 5 to 10 grams of arginine with a preworkout protein shake.