SeroVital is getting a lot of attention recently and even been called the “next best thing” in anti-aging but it seems like every new supplement gets called the next miracle.
Ever since its study appeared on Dr. Oz and celebrity makeup artist Kevin Bennett endorsed the product, makers are seeing record traffic online but we’ve had a lot of people ask if this really works.
With all-natural ingredients and amino acids, it’s similar in some ways to a lot of the HGH supplements out there, but is SeroVital HGH the “miracle” supplement?
Before jumping on the SeroVital HGH bandwagon and going out to spend more than $100 on it, let’s take a closer look at what it can really do and what it can’t.
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SeroVital is said to increase HGH levels by as much as 682% (based on the results of one study on 16 individuals). By optimizing HGH production, you will supposedly experience the following benefits:
• Reduced body fat
• Increased lean muscle mass
• Elevated energy
• Improved mood
• Better skin
• Stronger bones
But can SeroVital really achieve so many amazing benefits?
I wasn’t so sure, so I researched the ingredients to find out.
Oddly enough, SeroVital.com does not list ingredients on the website. Instead, it provides a scientific study on SeroVital’s HGH-boosting results. (While this study looks promising on the surface, it has not been published in any peer-reviewed journal that I could find.)
To learn more about SeroVital’s formula, I had to search high and low for a seller that provided basic ingredient information. It seems as though many distributors and advertisers like to keep the ingredients under wraps – which is never a good sign.
Fortunately, Ulta.com provided a sparse ingredient list (no label):
L-Lysine HCI. Lysine is essential for protein, enzyme, and hormone production. When combined with arginine, it may optimize HGH levels. 
However, researchers found lysine is ineffective on its own, even in high doses. This makes me wonder if lysine has any impact on HGH at all, or it’s the arginine that does all the work.
L-Arginine HCI. Arginine is the most promising amino acid when it comes to increasing HGH production.
Studies show arginine increases resting HGH levels by as much as 100%, and this number doubles when combined with regular exercise. 
But once again, there’s a catch to using arginine.
Effective arginine doses range between 5-9 grams, which is more than SeroVital has in its entire formula. Furthermore, arginine’s effects are minimal compared to exercise alone. You’d be better off hitting the gym!
Oxo-Proline. Not a lot is known about oxo-proline, a glutamic acid derivative. Scientists are investigating this amino acid’s effects on the blood brain barrier. Many have surmised oxo-proline accelerates sodium-dependent amino acid transport. 
However, these studies are often conflicted, and animal research shows oxo-proline may have a negative effect on the body rather than a positive one.
“It may be presumed that 5-oxoproline elicits oxidative stress,” say researchers. 
Oxidative stress is the imbalance between reactive oxygen species production and the biological system’s ability to detoxify the reactive intermediates. This results in disturbances in the normal redox state, causing damage to all cellular components such as proteins, lipids, and DNA. 
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine. Cysteine is often used to treat acetaminophen poisoning and reduce liver and kidney damage.
It breaks down into glutathione, which is a potent antioxidant. Glutathione eliminates free radicals, preventing cells against oxidative stress. This may counteract the negative effects induced by oxo-proline, but further research is needed.
L-Glutamine. Glutamine removes excess ammonia which builds up during physical activity. It acts as a buffer, reducing muscle soreness and enabling athletes to work harder for longer.
Glutamine is converted into glutamate, which may increase HGH levels when combined with arginine salts and physical activity. 
But once again, further research is necessary to determine glutamine’s direct impact on HGH production and secretion.
Schizonepeta Powder. This plant is more commonly known as Japanese catnip. This herb contains compounds which may inhibit cytokine release, making it a potential treatment for allergic reactions.
Researchers believe histamine controls HGH release via arginine channels. However, further studies are needed to verify any effects Schozonepeta may have on HGH.
Safety Concerns and Side Effects
SeroVital does not contain any harmful stimulants or chemicals known to cause negative side effects.
But this doesn’t mean it’s completely safe to use!
SeroVital hides ingredient concentrations behind a proprietary blend, so it’s impossible to tell if the amino acids and other ingredients are in their clinically proven, safe amounts.
Arginine, though safe when used correctly, is known to cause the following side effects when taken in high doses:
• Abdominal pain
• Blood abnormalities
• Airway inflammation
• Low blood pressure
While many users did not experience side effects while using SeroVital, a few reported mild symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, and bloat.
What If You Are Taking Medication? Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels. If you are taking any blood pressure medication, consult a doctor to ensure it won’t react negatively with SeroVital.
Allergy Warning. SeroVital may also include rice flour as well as preservatives in its capsules.
How to Use SeroVital
SeroVital should be taken in the morning before breakfast or in the evening after your last meal of the day. Allow up to 2 hours before consuming food to ensure the amino acids in your diet won’t interfere with SeroVital’s performance.
Do not take more than 4 capsules in any 24 hour period.
Is SeroVital Vegetarian-Friendly?
SeroVital contains gelatin in its capsules.
Do You Still Have to Diet and Exercise?
Yes. SeroVital may boost HGH levels, but no amount of HGH will compensate for an unhealthy lifestyle. HGH production is optimized when users follow a sensible diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Real Consumer Reviews
SeroVital comes highly recommended by makeup artist Kevin Bennett:
“I’m impressed. The lines around my eyes have diminished and my overall skin texture is smoother and firmer. Here’s the biggest shock – I haven’t touched up my Botox in 10 months (which means it’s gone), yet people are still commenting about how much “better” I look. This skeptic has been schooled.” 
Yet despite his claims to not make a “red cent” for advertising the product, I can’t help but be a little skeptical.
Especially when I read reviews like this at Ulta.com:
“I’m on my 3rd week of taking it, i take it first thing in the morning, sometimes i have to wake up just to take it then go back to sleep because it says to only take it on an empty stomach so i cant eat for two hours after taking it so that takes some planning. I havent seen any results as of yet, im not sure how long it takes.” – llocool
“I have used this product for almost 2 weeks and have not seen a single change or improvement in the way I look or feel. It’s expensive and offers end results which are surely a lure only to buy the product. I will not buy this product again.”- Jacked Again
“I’ve been taking this for 2 weeks without seeing any changes at all; skin, weight, energy, and sleep quality have not changed a bit. I can’t find anything on how long it is supposed to take before results can be seen so I’m going to keep taking it for now. I just wanted to let people know that if it works, it takes time.” – Robin
Although SeroVital may be able to give your HGH levels a boost, it may take weeks or even months before you can enjoy the benefits. This is far too long, especially when dieters have to pay close to $100 a month.
Pricing Options and Guarantee
Despite the fact that SeroVital only contains a few amino acids for boosting HGH, this supplement is extremely pricey.
If you order from SeroVital.com, it costs $99 a bottle plus shipping expenses. Even the autoship program averages $80 a bottle with the discount when you buy it on Serovital.com.
Distributors such as Ulta.com sell SeroVital for $99 as well, which doesn’t leave you a lot of wiggle room if your budget is tight.
Furthermore, there are no details provided on the money-back guarantee. While there’s a rather convincing image posted at the top of the page, manufacturers fail to specify the terms and conditions that apply.
Is Customer Service Reliable?
Customer service is “iffy” at best. Sometimes customer service agents respond promptly to questions and comments posted on Facebook. However, other times they fail to answer a simply inquiry posted through the provided email form on their site.
According to Randy-Jane Scott at Facebook.com:
“What is going on with the customer service number? I have called several times, waited over 30 minutes and then got hung up on three times?! I have seen numerous customer service numbers listed when doing a google search…seems a bit odd if you ask me. I placed an order, got no email confirmation and when I submitted a email message to the company thru the website it does not say if it went thru or anything.”
To which agents replied within a few hours:
“Hi Randy! Thank you so much for your support I apologize for the inconvienence. I have just informed our Customer Specialist of your situation. Here are the correct numbers and e-mail 1800.898.5153 email@example.com. Please let me know if you have any questions or have trouble getting in touch with anyone!”
This makes me wonder if cancelling their autoship program or asking for a money-back guarantee will be a breeze or a hassle.
If you have additional information on SeroVital’s customer service, please share your experience by leaving a comment below.
Does It Deliver Results?
SeroVital contains arginine which may increase HGH levels when combined with exercise and a healthy diet. A few users have successfully used SeroVital to improve skin and overall health.
However, this seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
Many of the ingredients lack valid clinical research. The ingredient concentrations are hidden in a proprietary blend. The customer feedback leans more toward the negative than the positive. The price is high and the money-back guarantee questionable.
With so many disadvantages against SeroVital, I think this product isn’t worth the investment. While it may work, there are more reliable supplements that deliver better results without the hassle or the risk.
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