SeroVital HGH

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Jenni Carlson
By Jenni Carlson
February 13, 2013

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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Promised Benefits

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.

Ingredient Profile

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. [1]

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. [2]

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. [3]

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. [4]

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. [5]

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. [6]

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.[7] 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
• Bloating
• Diarrhea
• Gout
• Blood abnormalities
• Allergies
• 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.” [8]

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 cstsrv@basicresearch.org. 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.

References

[1] Isidori A, Lo Monaco A, Cappa M. “A study of growth hormone release in man after oral administration of amino acids.” Curr Med Res Opin. 1981;7(7):475-81. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6790230

[2] Kanaley JA. “Growth hormone, arginine and exercise.” Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2008 Jan;11(1):50-4. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18090659

[3] Wha-Joon Lee, Richard A. Hawkins, Darryl R. Peterson and Juan R. Viña. “Role of Oxoproline in the Regulation of Neutral Amino Acid Transport across the Blood-Brain Barrier.” August 9, 1996 The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271, 19129-19133. Available from: http://www.jbc.org/content/271/32/19129.full

[4] Carolina D Pederzolli, Angela M Sgaravatti, César A Braum, Cristina C Prestes, Giovanni K Zorzi, Mirian B Sgarbi, Angela T S Wyse, Clóvis M D Wannmacher, Moacir Wajner, Carlos S Dutra-Filho. “5-Oxoproline reduces non-enzymatic antioxidant defenses in vitro in rat brain.” Metabolic Brain Disease (impact factor: 2.2). 04/2007; 22(1):51-65. DOI:10.1007/s11011-006-9041-2 Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/6565054_5-Oxoproline_reduces_non-enzymatic_antioxidant_defenses_in_vitro_in_rat_brain

[5] “What is Oxidative Stress?” News Medical. Available from: http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Oxidative-Stress.aspx

[6] Eto B, Le Moel G, Porquet D, Peres G. “Glutamate-arginine salts and hormonal responses to exercise.” Arch Physiol Biochem. 1995 May;103(2):160-4. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9338087

[7] Pontiroli AE, Viberti G, Vicari A, Pozza G. “Effect of the antihistaminic agents meclastine and dexchlorpheniramine on the response of human growth hormone to arginine infusion and insulin hypoglycemia.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1976 Sep;43(3):582-6. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/956343

[8] “Celebrity Makeup Artist Reveals His Anti-Aging Secret.” Radar Online. Feb. 5, 2013. Available from: http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/02/celebrity-makeup-artist-reveals-his-anti-aging-secret/

User Submitted Reviews

14 out of 53 (26 %) Reviewers Recommend This Product

Community Rating:
1.9 / 5.0

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Suzanne | April 2, 2014

I used this product for 4 weeks and I gained weight and was bloated all the time. My skin cleared up and my hair seemed healthier, but that benefit did not outweigh the other side effects.I tried to return the product,but since I was only taking two capsules instead of four a day I was past the 30 day money back guarantee. Serovital was not willing to make an excpetion to return so I’m stuck with the extra 1/2 month supply. They should consider a 60 day money back guarantee and they need to figure out the weight gain/bloating issue as that seems to be the one major problem. I loved the skin and hair benefits.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Judy Capoziello | March 19, 2014

I have called customer several times to cancel my auto shipment of Serovital and have been left on hold for long periods of time and then a message comes on that they cannot take my call at this time. I would be wary of ordering anything again in this manner and will persue other avenues to stop these shipments.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Lin | March 13, 2014

I have been taking the pills for a week now. The first 2 days I felt great however I then I experienced flu like symptoms such as body aches,slight diarrhea, tirednes and depression. I know there is no pill that is a “fix all” but felt these along with my facial products, excercise, eating right would be an added benefit. I am in great health and was feeling awesome…when I took these pills it throw me in a spiral. Wasn’t sure if it was a coincidence or not but after reading the reviews I stopped taking them today. I can tell there are withdrawals so the next couple of days should be fun!

No, I do not recommend this product

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annette | February 27, 2014

I have been taking this for 5 days. I have had terrible diarrhea, abdominal pain and lower back pain. The 2nd day I was running a fever, chills and sweating. Today 5th day still having diarrhea, and some vomiting, mostly dry heaves cause I have eaten very little in past few days. Very hungry but can’t force myself to eat. Bought this for losing weight so not real real concerned but I feel miserable. Don’t know how long I can continue. Will these side effects stop? I am hoping for a miracle. Too soon to recommend or be against.

Yes, I recommend this product

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rh12 | February 17, 2014

I have been taking serovital for about a year. Do I think its the cure for wrinkles? Probably not, but I do think it has decreased my body fat. I exercise regularly and feel like the serovital has kept my body fat% down after menopause. I have never had any of the side effects and have a fairly sensitive digestive system. I’m going to continue to take it. I’m 55 and am not experienceing all the horrors of menopause my friends are so maybe just lucky!

Yes, I recommend this product

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HealthNut45YrOld | January 30, 2014

I have been taking Serovital for 2 months. I LOVE it. It has increased my energy for daily tasks AND work-outs. In the last few weeks I am now able to go 30 minutes on the stair stepper and before I couldn’t make it past 21 minutes as much as I ate well and took supplements. I don’t wake up as exhausted feeling and after a run or hard work out I don’t feel as achy or sore. Also, within the first few weeks of taking it I was able to sprint, FAST 21 minutes straight outside.Before I’d have to stop at about 10 minutes, rest, then start back up with maybe 7 more. I had not been able to do that in about 8 years! I can just go longer with EVERYTHING. I can take a long walk, then do cardio, then spot exercises and I’m not exhausted like I would have been before. I sleep much better overall, wake up less throughout the night. I am not sure about changes in my skin, but I THINK my face looks better somehow, maybe less puffy and healthier overall. I don’t think I have lost much weight but have not gained any either. I was having a problem losing those few extra pesky pounds before Serovital, and that is part of the reason I took it. So no, I have not lost weight on it; however, it is dead of winter and I am eating next to twice the amount of calories to stay warm! So that is also a factor. It could be it is helping me to maintain my weight when otherwise I would be ballooning up like two-ton tussie in this weather. Anyways, with all the other positive effects, this does not bother me. I am not so picky or vain anymore; I aim for HEALTH first before being five or ten pounds overweight. That is what is important! I think my thinking is a bit clearer too. The reason I started taking Serovital was because all of the sudden, everything felt like I was falling apart after turning 45. My thinking was all foggy, memory suddenly bad, I felt achy all the time, working out was hard and took a lot out of me, my face looked tired, my vision was suddenly worse. Just scary sudden stuff, all in a matter of weeks. So I am just ELATED that Serovital helped reverse almost all of this. Now, two other things: my vision is no better and my libido has not improved either. I would like my vision to improve on this. Once again, I’m not picky and I’ll take all the other AWESOME effects. I was getting really depressed about feeling old all of the sudden and Serovital has given me hope and hope for the future. I think this product must work great for some people and not for others depending on your age and your existing hormone levels and probably many other factors. So I don’t think it is fair to say it is trash if it does not work for you! I think older people overall would be more likely to feel the positive effects than younger people. The latter already HAVE high HGH levels! Younger people might do better with another type of product – but definitely keep taking vitamins and supplements when you’re young! I have taken them since early 20′s and believe this has really helped me stay young. But there wasn’t much I could do about declining HGH, until now. I have read that your melatonin and DHEA also decline in similar numbers to HGH as you get older, so fortunately I have taken these two for a long time. Now I am all about getting that HGH back up there :) Blessings to all and great health to you.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Oregon Sunshine | January 8, 2014

I am 64 (almost). Have been taking SV hgh since September. I am sleeping better, have better mood, and my hair is getting thicker. It was naturally thick until going through menopause, then started to thin out after I reached age 60. I quit coloring it and so my hair coming back could be due to other reasons than taking SV. I have not had any gastric upset, aches and pains, or other negative side effects. But cannot report any miracles either. It is too expensive to continue without there being more benefit.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Donna | January 5, 2014

I have been taking for 8 months lost 25 lbs slowly but surely, not really trying very hard, I am 58 years old, I think it is a great product. My muscle tone is much better.
I take my dose before bed at 11 pm don’t eat after 8 pm.

Yes, I recommend this product

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debbie | January 5, 2014

I took the first dose at night; nothing bad on the first day. I took the 2nd dose the following night. The next day around noon I started having diarrhea. It got worse as the day went on with stomach pains and uncontrollable diarrhea. I took no more pills, but for the next 2 nights I was up all night long with frequent trips to the bathroom as well as having to remain VERY close to a bathroom during the day. The 3rd night was not as bad. However, the following day still having stomach cramps and severe diarrhea. This is NOT the flu, virus, or any other illness other than the pills. I am beginning to become concerned if my bowels will ever be normal again. I personally believe the pills are not safe for consumption and the product should be taken off the shelf. I have NEVER written a review but felt so strongly about this product that I felt I should contribute to warning consumers.

No, I do not recommend this product

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S. Renfrow | December 9, 2013

I have been taking SeroVital HGH for 5 months, I feel ssooo CHEATED out of my $$$$. I was taking it to increase energy and hopefully just feel better. I am thin anyway and I was not taking it to lose weight. My face got so bad, it sunk in and my skin changed: it looks older. I am sick I did this to myself. I don’t want to give it any rating, but I guess I had to ,to submit my review.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Cindy | November 25, 2013

I was turning 50 and kept seeing Serovital HGH adds everywhere. I am fit and eat very healthy, but since the add said my body was lacking in hgh i thought i’d give it a try. I took it exactly like it said. First week, i was sleeping like i haven’t slept in a couple years, so far so good. Second week, i could tell my mood was up and stress levels down, this is great. Third week, i lost 5 pounds, didn’t really need to, but who is not happy about losing 5 pounds without trying, this stuff is awesome. I tell my friends they need to get this stuff!! I order three more boxes. Forth month in i get HOT FLASHES FROM HELL!!! Every 15-20 minutes for 24 hours a day, sweating so much i leave pools of sweat everywhere. I figure this is menopause and it sucks, but i just have to live through it. Week later i get this horrible burning on my back that feels like I’m on fire from the inside out, its not heartburn or indigestion, just severe pain like never before. Then the pain moves to front of body also. Then i get a pain in my foot and can barely walk, then my knee joints get horrible pain, then my hips, then my elbows, then my neck and my muscle are so sore. Its like I’ve been hit by a truck, and it last to long to be the flu. It gets where i can’t get out of a chair without help, and i don’t want anyone to touch me. I have to take a leave from work. This is not going away so i finally get to the doctor. He said my nerves are all fried and i might be getting fibromyalgia. I was totally freaked out. How could this be happening, i was so healthy. I took my last pill and I didn’t re order any hgh at
this time because i felt so bad why waste the money. Well a few days later my hot flashes were gone. This was such a relief!! Then a couple days later, the burning feeling was going away. Then i thought, this is weird, i wonder if all this is related to the hgh. Went and researched it and sure enough all the symptoms i was having are side effects. I was so angry at myself for letting this happen, i had no idea what i was doing to my body, i seriously thought i was taking a supplement like taking a vitamin, there are no warnings on their website or on the product. I had serious side
effects that were debilitating for me. I lost thousands of dollars having to take a leave from work, let alone all the pain and suffering i went through. I had no idea that i was poisoning my body and changing my chemistry. I am getting better daily but still have joint pains. Im just praying i haven’t done permanent damage to my body. I believe this product should only be taking with a doctors supervision and with a prescription. Also think the company should put warnings on the website. If i would have know all this before i never would have taken this. So please be careful and don’t be naive like i was. This is serious stuff and you don’t want to mess with your health.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Judy | November 23, 2013

I took the packets in the morning for about 3 days and experienced flu like symptoms such as body aches,slight diarrhea, tiredness and insomnia. Wasn’t sure if it was a coincidence or not but after reading the reviews I’m not taking any more.

No, I do not recommend this product

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