Human chorionic gonadotropin
Human chorionic gonadotropin is otherwise known as HCG, which is a hormone that women produce during pregnancy.
There are many effects that HCG has when administered. One of them is to increase fertility in both men and women. In women this is done by inducing ovulation and in men it is done by initiation of testosterone production in the testes. source- Wikipedia
While this is an amazing use for HCG, it is not the only reported benefit of the hormone.
HCG for Weight Loss
Another common use for HCG is for rapid weight loss. Dr. Simeons theorized that with a small dose of daily HCG Injections that a person could go on a very low calorie diet and be able to maintain health and muscle mass. Of course one of the most common concerns about a very low calorie diet is the loss of muscle tissue in conjunction with the fat. As muscle weighs more than fat one may lose some weight without really changing body composition or appearance, especially if much of the weight loss is due to muscle loss. The theory behind HCG shots means that while using the hormone you will lose more fat, spare more muscle and be able to maintain a very low calorie diet.
It has been shown that homeopathic HCG or HCG Drops are very ineffective. After much study and debate thorough testing of the HCG drops have found very trace amounts of the HCG hormone in the mixture. This has been supported by the FDA who has said that HCG drops are ineffective. In addition just like the HCG shots, the HCG drops are not legal for simple over the counter sales. You must acquire either a prescription by visiting a physician or you can do the same online in the United States.
HCG and Athletes
HCG is a banned substance in most sports due to the nature of the hormone. In men who are taking anabolic steroids. The reason is simple, HCG helps stimulate the process in which your body produces testosterone. When on an anabolic steroid cycle the testes are known to atrophy or shrink and testosterone production is lowered. With the introduction of HCG the body is once again triggered into returning the testosterone to normal or even high normal level. However it is not just athletes coming off of steroids that may benefit from this. It is a well known fact that as men age the testosterone they produce begins to decrease. It has been said by some doctors and many men in their mid 30’s and up that adding HCG has helped them shed weight, feel better and put on some of the muscle they lost. In addition many have had an increase in sexual desire and sperm production.
In closing HCG or Human chorionic gonadotropin has shown a tremendous amount of promise for a multitude of reasons. As with any hormone, it is best to seek medical advice before starting an HCG program.