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SeroVital-hgh: Miracle or Mirage? (2016 Update)

SeroVital-hgh: Miracle or Mirage? (2016 Update)

SeroVital-hgh is an anti-aging product which some have claimed can take make people feel decades younger. Read our reviews from editors and readers, and updated for 2016.

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What is SeroVital-hgh?

SeroVital-hgh is not human growth hormone (HGH) but rather a blend of amino acids which are supposed to increase growth hormone in those who take it. The official website for the product is serovital.com, which was registered on August 7, 2012.

The website implies that Serovital can provide the following benefits: reduced body fat, improved mood and energy, heightened sex drive, stronger bones, increased lean muscle mass, and reduced appearance of wrinkles.

SeroVital first gained attention in late 2012 after Dr. Oz mentioned a study citing a “specific blend” of amino acids which resulted in a spike of HGH levels.

Human Growth Hormone

The use of amino acids to “naturally” boost HGH is not a new concept, as bodybuilders have been doing this for many years. What is perhaps new about SeroVital is the marketing of this proprietary blend to the wider anti-aging community.

Ingredients

The label lists the following active ingredients: L-Lysine HCI, L-Arginine HCI, Oxo-Proline, N-Acrtyl L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Schizonepeta (aerial parts) powder.

2012 Study

The crux of the SeroVital-hgh sales pitch is from positive results shown in a 2012 double-blind study. This study of 16 subjects showed that a combination of certain amino acids could prompt natural HGH production in the body in both men and women. The conclusion of the study stated:

Our results show that a single oral dose of these amino acids can significantly increase GH Levels after 120 minutes in healthy men and women. Whether these GH changes persist over a longer duration or have other positive effects is being further examined.

We could not find this study listed in any peer-reviewed journal.

How much does Serovital Cost?

SeroVital costs $99 + $6.95 shipping for a total cost of $105.95. A new liquid form of Serovital is now also available, yet it costs the same as the capsule form. SeroVital is also available for purchase at select stores including Ulta and Costco.

Affiliates

Finding unbiased reviews online is problematic because many of the “reviewers” are actually affiliates attempting to sell the product. The internet has been flooded with biased “press releases” or YouTube reviews, many of which end with an affiliate link to purchase the product.

Does SeroVital Work?

An amino acid blend to boost the body’s HGH is not a “magic bullet,” as the SeroVital website states. Taking SeroVital (or any HGH booster) while leading a sedentary lifestyle with a poor diet will probably show little benefit. This also leads to a larger discussion regarding HGH boosters in general, and if they even work, or perceived results are from other positive lifestyle habits.

The Mayo Clinic does confirm that growth hormone in adults who have a deficiency can lead to increased exercise capacity, increased bone density, increased muscle mass, and decreased body fat. A glaring point that is made, however, is that “growth hormone deficiency in adults is rare…” Regarding other benefits of human growth hormone, the article summarizes:

Human growth hormone is typically administered as an injection under the skin. Some websites sell a pill form of human growth hormone and claim that it produces results similar to the injected form of the drug. Sometimes these dietary supplements are called human growth hormone releasers. However, there’s no proof that these claims are true. Likewise, there’s no proof that homeopathic remedies claiming to contain human growth hormone work.

FTC Statements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clashed with companies claiming to sell products which boost human growth hormone over the past two decades.

Regarding HGH boosters, the Federal Trade Commission states there is “no reliable evidence to support the claim that these ‘wannabe’ products have the same effect as prescription HGH.”

Back in 1993, two Arizona firms were fined $225,000 for a pill called HGH-3X that they claimed would “stimulate the production of human growth hormone and help your fat burner get rid of those unwanted pounds.”

GNC also agreed to pay over $2 million in 1994 for violating two FTC orders, one of which regarded the use of growth hormone claims.

Alternatives to SeroVital

SeroVital is not the only natural HGH booster on the market. Bodybuilding.com, for example, has an entire section of “growth hormone boosters” with such products as Fountain of Youth’s “HGH Complete” which costs around $40 and contains many of the same amino acids contained in SeroVital.

There are also a large number of amino acid products on Amazon which are categorized in the HGH Booster genre.

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Other concerns

  • SeroVital must be taken on an empty stomach AND you are not supposed to eat for 2 hours after taking it. This may be problematic for some people.
  • Some users have reported gas, bloating, joint pain, rash, or weight gain when taking SeroVital.
  • It may take months to see any discernible results, which means you may spend hundreds of dollars before you even know if it works for you.
  • It is meant to supplement a healthy lifestyle.
  • The research on HGH and HGH boosters shows mixed results.

Be sure to read our follow-up article: Serovital-hgh Side Effects 

A reader below asked if the product was natural or synthetic. We asked the manufacturer and received the following response:

SeroVital’s functional ingredients include whole amino acids, which are synthetic.  

Other Ways to Look Younger

Whether you want to look younger or just want to make sure you don’t age prematurely, below is a list of some common as well as lesser known ways to shed a few years from your face.

  • Apply a Retin-A or EGF-based product.
  • Always apply a moisturizer to your face (one that does not contain mineral oil)
  • Use sunscreen (SPF 15+) 365 days a year AND wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Try to keep yourself from squinting, puckering, or making other faces that can cause wrinkling over the years.
  • Stay out of the sun
  • When you get out off the shower, pat your face to dry it – don’t rub or scrub it.
  • Wear sunglasses when outside to prevent squinting which leads to wrinkles
  • Avoid smoking and cigarette smoke
  • Try not to sleep face-down
  • Exfoliate your face at least twice a month
  • Run a humidifier when you sleep
  • Lose extra pounds and keep them off 
  • Get plenty of sleep every night, even on the weekends
  • Keep allergies under control
  • Be sure to get plenty of vitamins A, E, and C, preferably through vegetable and fruit juicing for best absorption
  • Eat fish several times a week
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Massage your face thoroughly every week to increase circulation to the area
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t chew on your lips
  • Don’t forget to apply SPF-factor lip balm
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Avoid stress
  • Use very mild soaps
  • Consider taking acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic together

We all eventually show signs of aging, but the list above may help you stave off a few wrinkles just a little bit longer.

History

The Google Trends graph below shows interest in SeroVital over time. Interest in SeroVital peaked in June of 2013. Since then, interest in SeroVital has experienced ups and downs. Starting in 2014, a new advertising campaign has renewed some interest in SeroVital. 2014 saw interest peaking in November before declining.

TV Ad

The television ad for SeroVital has aired as recently as January 2016.

Transcript:

Is your body storing fat more easily? Do you suffer from a lack of energy, or the draining side effects of restless sleep? How about an increase in wrinkles, and even sagging skin?

“Hi, I’m Kym Douglas and as a beauty expert always on the hunt for the next great breakthrough, when I heard about a youth hormone that was associated with reducing body fat, increasing lean muscle mass, and even reducing the appearance of wrinkles, I just had to learn more.

I’m talking about human growth hormone, or HGH, and as early as our mid-20s our natural production of HGH begins to drop dramatically. Here’s the good news. Finally there’s SeroVital.”

SeroVital is the first and only amino acid complex shown in a clinical trial to trigger the body’s own natural release of HGH from the pituitary gland and increase mean HGH levels by an astonishing 682%.

“HGH has been associated with reducing body fat, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, improving sleep, and even boosting energy. As a doctor and a woman, I am very excited that now I can tell women everywhere about SeroVital.”

SeroVital boosts your HGH naturally and at a fraction of the cost of painful synthetic HGH injections.

SeroVital sells for $99 in stores, but call right now because we’re letting as many women as possible try SeroVital for 30 days absolutely risk free. Plus, call in the next 6 minutes and we’ll also include free shipping. You owe it to yourself to try SeroVital for 30 days. It’s absolutely risk free.

“SeroVital is a true scientific breakthrough 20 years in the making.”

Get the facts at myserovital.com. Supplies are limited. Call 1-800-379-2600 or go to myserovital.com for your risk-free trial today.

Bottom Line

SeroVital may work alongside an active lifestyle. It is not, however, the only HGH boosting product on the market, and other amino acid blends should be considered if you want to give it a try (especially because SeroVital is quite expensive).

It should also be noted that the most proven methods for naturally raising growth hormone is exercise and adequate sleep.

Finally, keep in mind that the Federal Trade Commission’s stance on these products states that they are “long on promises and short on proof.”

Your Turn

Have you used SeroVital or other HGH-boosting products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Updated January 7, 2016
Originally published June 2013

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  • Joe

    Don’t waste your money. I agree with the naysayers, because I used this for several months at $99 bucks a month. I got no results – absolutely nothing – so if you want to believe this is the fountain of youth, you are being brainwashed by advertising. Also, think about it: they give away samples so they apparently aren’t selling enough so they have to prime the pump. People are not believing the hype. I’m serious, don’t buy it.

  • Johnnie Weddell

    I started taking Sera-Vital recently. I have struggled profoundly with chronic back pain (four major back surgeries), zero energy, adrenaline gland deficiency and anxiety. I used to look 10 -15 years younger than my age and be very slim. The last 3 years I have aged and suffered from weight gain from being sedentary. I was at my wits end with steroids and doctors. I tried Sera-Vital and the results have been really good for me! No rashes or joint pains. No headaches or constipation. I have energy for the first time in 5 years. I am so happy with the results. The positive results for me are increased libido, tighter, firmer jowls, youthful hydrated facial skin, regular bowel movements, less joint pain in knees and more positive mental attitude. The cons are taking them at night left me with too much energy to sleep so I switched to the early morning with water only! They do cost 99 bucks which is more than I want to spend out of pocket. All in all I love this product. I am a retired cop with absolutely zero affiliation with this company. I hope this review helps you. I recommend buying this product from Ulta or Costco where you can return it, hassle free if it does not work for you. I have heard the company is not very responsive to return requests. I truly hope you have the same, amazing results as I have. Give the product time and take as described for the best results.

  • Rosalee Adams

    Anything but the injectable is a scam. HGH is not a magic bullet for aging etc. and if used by anyone who does not meet established criteria, can present some nasty side effects. It also hurts those of us who fit the criteria, ie are not using it for cosmetic use. We must constantly jump through hoops to prove we are not somebody on a fountain of youth cure.

  • Melanie

    I have only taken serovital for a little under a month I noticed my nails are growing and are hard which I’ve always had weak stubby nails, and reduction of stretch marks, and my skin on my face has cleared a lot BUT I stopped taking this yesterday because I’ve been experiencing extreme itching all over my body. I believe I may be allergic to something in this pill. I can’t take the itching anyone else have this problem?

  • I’ve taken this supplement for 30 plus days and NOTHING!! I don’t look younger, feel younger, have more energy, nothing that I can say this $100 box of super hard pills to take cause your tummy has to be empty, and so many times that was 2:00 am in the morning since we had a snack while watching bedtime tv!! I bought into the game that like many older women trying to bypass very expensive hormone shots that this would do the trick, well the only trick it did was make my wallet lighter and interupt my sleep so I could down a whole bottle of water trying to take four horse pills. I’m really surprised at Costco because they normally only carry very reputable items! It’s going back! Not even going to bother with their 800 numbers to no-where!

  • Rusti Mccollum

    I’m gonna take a pass too

  • Jill

    I forgot to add that I am having a heavier period than anything I have had in my life and it shows no signs of stopping.

  • Jill

    I am not sure if this is related to taking SeroVital or not. I am 54 and quit smoking in February. My son is getting married at the beginning of June and I have gained weight and was hoping this would help me stop craving food so I can fit into the dress I bought before I quit smoking. I did not have my period for January through the end of March. On March 26th it showed up again and has not stopped. Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks. I don’t know if this is a side effect of the drug or just something that happens at my age. I have just stopped taking the drug which I took for approximately 1 month. I just had blood work done yesterday and am waiting for the results.

  • bubbie

    Please , please, please be careful and talk to your doctor! My mother took HGH when she turned 50 from the local health food store and swore by it. She passed out and died a year later of an enlarged heart ( cardiomegaly) about the same time a young Olympian Flo Jo did, who was also using it. Although the autopsy was inconclusive in ’98 consider growth hormone can help grow muscle, skin cells, etc. but also things we don’t want to grow! Read, ask and be safe….we wish we had her here with us wrinkles and all!

  • nitestar95

    I tried serovital for a few months, and found no changes at all. then we read the ingredients; Wow, all the amino acids in sero vital can be found in something called MEAT. Yes, a nice steak will provide you with all the amino acids that are in sero vital for your body to make plenty of Human Growth Hormone, and then some. So I stopped taking sero vital and started eating more meat. Bacon with breakfast every the morning, beef for lunch, and ham, chicken or seafood for dinner. And I feel great! I sleep better, have more energy, and have lost weight. My blood count went up, my blood pressure came down, my fasting cholesterol, LDL came down, and my HDL went up. I can’t believe how much better I feel since I went back to eating MEAT instead of all vegetables. I highly recommend MEAT to anyone who thinks that they may need nutritional supplements. It tastes better!

  • Jason42ist .

    I’m glad I found these reviews. I have been having horrible pain in my intestines and bloating and had never had this before. I began taking SeroVital about 3 weeks ago. I see all the reviews from people saying they had problems with bloating and intestinal pain too. I’m going to stop. It gives me energy for about 2 hours after I take it and my weights went up at the gym, but I also gained weight – first time I am overweight (ten pounds around the middle now) and my intestines hurt so much. Also, I realize now this is just amino acids, I can buy liquid or capsules of amino acids for a lot less than $100, for about $30.00.

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