Human growth hormone, HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain. It has anabolic functions and was banned in 1982 in order to prevent athletes from gaining an advantage when competing. Older adults that are HGH deficient are sometimes prescribed HGH in a synthetic form in order to increase their vitality. HGH helps regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function.
Here’s a secret…There is a way to naturally stimulate your brain to secrete more HGH without the risks of taking synthetic forms. KAATSU is a safe form of blood flow resistance exercise (BFR) that slightly reduces blood flow to working muscles and tricks the body into believing it did a strenuous workout.
Takarada et al (2000) measured HGH levels up to 290 higher than resting levels after BFR. The researchers concluded that extremely light resistance exercise combined with restricted blood flow greatly stimulates the secretion of HGH. The increased HGH secretion combined with the pneumatic pressurized KAATSU bands keep the HGH circulating longer in the muscles, thus intensifying its effect on muscular development.
So for purposes of accelerating injury recovery and improving muscular development, KAATSU might be your ticket to slowing down the aging process!