Benefits of HCG Therapy Injections
The hormone hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin a widely effective weight loss product, is naturally produced by a portion of the placenta during pregnancy and comprised of 237 amino acids. It helps ensure there are adequate calories and nutrients available for both mother and developing fetus. This is achieved by stimulating the hypothalamus to produce chemicals that release fat stores into the bloodstream to be burned as energy. When there is no evidence of pregnancy, hCG still causes the release of fat stores—integral to the dramatic weight loss success of the hCG diet. In concert with a 500-calorie-a-day diet, which lasts just a few weeks, results can be astounding with dieters reporting losses of .5 to 2 pounds a day.
Among their other benefits, some research has shown hCG injections can make metabolism function more efficiently during weight loss, treat infertility in women, raise testosterone levels in men, aid in muscle retention, and diminish or entirely eliminate hunger pangs—all at a highly affordable cost to the consumer.
Better-functioning Metabolism During Weight Loss
While metabolism typically slows during a fast or reduction in calories, converting whatever it takes in into fat storage to prevent starvation, the addition of hCG injections changes all that. The presence of the hCG hormone signals the body to use any stored fat as energy, eliminating excess fat reserves. Many dieters report the loss of seemingly impossible belly fat, waist and hip fat (so-called “love handles”), and fat around the buttocks and neck as hCG works to convert it to usable energy.
Fertility Treatment in Women
In a medical facility, hCG injections are sometimes used to stimulate egg production in the ovaries, leading to ovulation.
Testosterone Levels in Men
An estimated 5 million men have low testosterone, or low T, with statistics estimating another 12.5 million also having the condition though it is unreported and undiagnosed.
Among low T’s many symptoms are decreased libido, fatigue, decreased muscle mass and bone density, erectile dysfunction, weight gain (particular belly fat), hair loss, diminished mental acuity, irritability, depression and more. Low T has also been named a precursor to diabetes and heart disease. While some men may be asymptomatic , others present with one or more symptoms, clearly in search of the best, safest, most effective means of relief to return to a better-functioning body.
Many physicians recommend testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, which can take the form of an androgen skin patch (transdermal), a gel, mouth patch, intramuscular injections or implants—where pellets are implanted directly into the soft tissues, slowly absorbed into the bloodstream. Oral testosterone is generally not recommended as studies show it can impact the liver. Additionally, testosterone treatment has been known to go awry resulting in testicle shrinkage, breast enlargement, infertility (reduced sperm production), lowered HDL (or good cholesterol), higher red blood cell concentration, leading to clots, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer and heart attack. Present conditions including sleep apnea and congestive heart failure can actually be worsened by TRT.
Alternatively, low T treatment with hCG therapy has not been known to have negative consequences. Administration of hCG in this instance is to stimulate the testes to produce more sperm cells, resulting in a high blood level of testosterone during treatment and sometimes following treatment as well. Unlike traditional testosterone replacement therapy, which shuts down the body’s own testosterone producing system, hCG encourages the body’s own biochemical stimulating mechanisms back toward normal function to produce androgens.
A reduction in calories while dieting, especially a severely reduced calorie diet, can result in sarcopenia—or loss of muscle. Fitness experts know that in working to build muscle, such as with resistance training, calories are burned more efficiently and for longer periods of time—even after the workout ends—than as a result of cardio. With the inclusion of hCG, muscle is preserved throughout the severe calorie restriction of the diet, and though exercising (especially at high or even normal intensities) is discouraged, retaining muscle tone throughout is important to weight loss, eventual weight maintenance, and overall health.
Controlling Hunger Pangs
There are very few (if any) reduced calorie diets in all creation that do not result in hunger pangs. Even more, a persistent gnawing and low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can cause light-headedness, weakness, inability to focus, decreased productivity and more. It can also result in the desire to binge or at the very least, stray from the diet. Among hCG’s properties is the mitigation and even elimination of hunger pangs, making it easier to stay with the diet protocol.
hCG Therapy Cost
The cost of joining diet programs, purchasing special foods, gym memberships, personal trainers, fitness DVDs and more can add up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the period of time it takes to shed pounds. The hCG protocol is available for a small percentage of all those costs, and for a shorter period of time because the rate of weight loss is accelerated.
Injections vs. Drops and Other Forms of hCG Therapy
Twentieth century intellectual and communications pundit Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.” To that end, it’s the same for hCG therapy. The delivery system for many products, including hCG, can mean the difference between success and failure. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars and reach for the hormone in drop form at the big box store, or order online without a prescription, research shows you may be settling for an unreasonable facsimile, namely a product derivative or even grain alcohol. And while pharmaceutical hCG drops and pellets do exist, hormones are typically very large molecules—not readily absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. HCG’s molecular weight is reportedly six times greater than that of an insulin molecule—and insulin must be injected to work.
In injectable form, prescribed hCG therapy doses are said to range from 175 to 200 units, and reportedly 100 percent of it is absorbed. In sublingual tablet form (placed under the tongue), absorption by the body is listed at 45 to 60 percent, causing the prescribed dose to be doubled to ensure proper performance. Also available in a nasal spray, which is said dissolve before reaching the blood, hCG’s efficacy does not compare to an injectable.
Is hCG Therapy Safe?
As a hormone that is naturally produced in the body, hCG is considered safe.
What About Side Effects?
Side effects are reportedly rare but may include pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, menstrual irregularities, acne, ovarian pain—especially for those with a history of polycystic ovaries, and breast tenderness. Used while dieting, and while geared to eliminating the following, occasionally side effects such as light-headedness, headaches, fluid retention and irritability have been known to occur.