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“The reason dietary supplements are regulated as foods, not drugs, is that their ingredients are naturally present as components of what people eat,” says Collins. “Amino acids, for example, are present in our foods. Supplement products made of these amino acids are very different from prescription drug products like testosterone and HGH. The supplement products help spur the body to naturally produce more hormones, while the prescription drugs are synthetic versions of the hormones themselves.”
Indeed, there’s ample proof that amino acids can naturally—not synthetically—boost both testosterone and HGH, increasing muscle mass and boosting athletic performance. A 2009 study in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology showed that the amino acid D-aspartic acid (also called D-asparaginic acid), one of the main ingredients in TestroVax, enhanced the release of testosterone in the body. A study—first presented at the prestigious Obesity Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Meeting and later featured on The Dr. Oz Show—revealed that the specialized, patented (U.S. Pat. No. 8,551,542) oral amino acid complex contained in GF-9 is actually capable of increasing mean, serum HGH levels by 682% in both men and women of a wide age range.
“Dietary supplements don’t have active pharmaceutical ingredients in them,” says Dave Ellis, R.D., of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. “There are lots of regulations that the supplement industry has to follow. They’re made of common ingredients that are out there on the market and then assembling them together under good manufacturing practices.”