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HCG FAQs: Part 1

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by admin No Comments

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1.What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It’s often referred to as the pregnancy hormone, but it’s actually not a hormone at all. It’s actually a grouping of 244 amino acids that help to increase the amount of sex hormones in the body. It’s a trigger of sorts  that encourages the body to produce more estrogen if you’re a woman or testosterone if you’re a man.

2. What are the origins of its study?

HCG was first discovered in 1926. It was found in the placenta of pregnant women and could actually be collected and extracted from the urine. When a woman is pregnant, the amount of these collected amino acids double every two days. It helps to use fat more proactively and efficiently for the mother and the fetus. It’s an automatic energy reserve.

3. What is its role in medicine?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin was first used as a medical treatment in 1954 as a weight loss supplement. HCG was administered to people via injection in very small amounts to promote weight loss, specifically from the abdominal area. This came to be known as The HCG Diet. In combination with a low-fat and low-calorie diet, the body can use abdominal fat for energy and help to burn it away more efficiently.

4. Is it safe to use HCG?

Yes. It is absolutely safe. Extremely high levels of it are found in pregnant women and they are no ill effects because of it. Only a small fraction of it is used in the diet, so side effects are not in any way anticipated. In fact, only positive effects have been reported, with many people on the diet showing a significant amount of weight loss in fairly short periods of time. This diet works for many people who haven’t found success with other programs.

That’s all for now. Be sure to check back in again next week to learn more about this hormone that’s not a hormone and why it’s so effective at helping people to lose weight. Until then, we hope you have a lovely week!




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