Drug addicts that abuse opiates such as methadone, morphine, and heroin destroy brain cells, which leads to memory issues and a reduction in their attention span. New research shows that HGH may benefit drug addicts, because it has the potential to reverse that brain damage. HGH reverses brain damage.
Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that brain cells targeted for early death by the continuous opiate use may be saved by using injections of synthetic HGH (human growth hormone). HGH is a chemical that is naturally secreted by the pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain stimulating cell reproduction and growth. Scientists say that these findings are significant and open the door to new treatment options in preventing damage as a result of the abuse of opiates. This research may could help addicts and patients undergoing chronic pain management.
Previous studies have shown that the chronic use of opiates results in the disruption of new cell growth, neurogenesis in the hippocampus. This mid brain region is responsible for short term and episodic memory, which includes people, places and emotions linked to events. Chronic opiate use results in damage to the area. HGH seems to keep neurogenesis moving smoothly right through until old age when levels drop, which leads to less cell production and a decline in general memory. Elderly patients who are treated with synthetic growth hormones have seen an improvement in memory, says study co-author Fred Nyberg, a professor of pharmaceutical biosciences at Uppsala.
The scientists believe that opiates affect the brain the same way aging does, by blocking the formation of new nerve cells. HGH has the power to clear the pathways and get the process of new nerve cell development starting again. It works with drug addicts the same way it works when used in the elderly.
The research team was able to isolate the developing nerve cells of a mouse fetus in petri dishes. They bathed those nerve cells in morphine for a week. They then proceeded to add a synthetic growth hormone to some of the cultures. The research team found that the cells exposed only to morphine began to die off, but those that were infused with HGH persisted and increased in some cases.
“If this works in humans as it works on these cells, we will be able to correct the impairment in hippocampus function due to opiate use,” Nyberg says.
The team is currently studying the HGH effects on patients who are undergoing chronic pain management who are experiencing impaired memory.
“We have seen improvement at least during the treatment regimen,” he says. “From the pilot study, it seems like this will work also in humans.”
Nyberg feels strongly that treating memory function is the beginning of the development of new therapies that will combat drug addiction, because memory is such a key component of the brain’s reward system, and it is an underlying component of dependency.
Frank Vocci of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md. says, “I would like to see research extended to include the potential of HGH to stave off drug dependence, although this memory component may not be related to the addiction.”
Research relating to HGH and the brain isn’t new. Over the years there has been numerous examples of how HGH has improved brain function.
Research linking HGH benefits to the brain
Human growth hormone. This may prove to be another valuable weapon in your arsenal of brain longevity medications. Several of my patients report that it has helped them to feel better, to lose weight, and to think more clearly. Synthetic HGH is, however, considerably more expensive than the other pharmaceutical drugs that help rejuvenate the body and brain. Brain Longevity by Dharma Singh Khalsa M.D. with Cameron Stauth, page 414
Memory and brain function are one of the most noticed aspects of our lives. Brain function impacts our ability in dealing with other people and it significantly affects our personal life. It is considered the most important aspect of aging.
For many centuries, researchers believed that once a brain cell had died there was no other brain cell that would replace it. Up until recently this belief remained. However, more recent studies have proven that HGH can rejuvenate and repair damaged tissue in the brain. Research has also shown that HGH plays an important role in the ability of our brain to produce proteins, which are used to store our memories memories. HGH stimulates the necessary proteins in order to maintain both long term, and short term memory retention.
The physical ability to feel, physical pain, touch, cold and heat, are transmitted by nerve electrons to your brain. HGH plays a huge role in keeping your nervous system in top condition so that it can quickly transmit the correct information.
HGH research shows promise for drug addicts and chronic pain sufferers in benefit in reversing brain damage.