Ibutamoren is a growth hormone secretagogue
, which means it stimulates the natural release stored growth hormone to the body for use. By stimulating the pituitary gland, the body increases production of its own growth hormone. As a result, the body has an improved ability to repair and rejuvenate, which slows down the aging process, decreases body fat, and increases muscle density. Peptide therapy has a “loading” period of 3-6 months before full effects are noticed and can be used indefinitely with little to no side-effects.
Ibutamoren is orally administered, which makes it unique from other secretagoues prescribed by Ikon Wellness providers, such as Sermorelin and Ipamorelin
, which are all administered by injection and cannot be absorbed orally.
Ibutamoren produces a longer growth hormone release than other injectable secretagogues such as GHRP 2 or GHRP 6. Ibutamoren is genreally taken once per day, at bedtime, and remains active for roughly 24 hours. Other secretagugue peptides often last only about 90 minutes.
One study showed that ibutamoren is more effective if taken for a longer period of time. The study measured IGF-1 levels in the blood, which is the most effective way to measure growth hormone levels in the body indirectly. The study results showed the following increases in IGF-1 levels:
At 2 weeks, subjects had an increase of 30% in IGF-1 levels
At 6 months, subjects had an increase of 60% in IGF-1 levels
At 12 months, subjects had an increase of 72% in IGF-1 levels
Like some of its injectable secretagouge counterparts, GHRP2 and GHRP6, ibutamoren also causes an increase in the hormone that stimulates hunger, ghrelin. Although ibutamoren can cause an increase in hunger, typically the anabolic effect will utilize additional calories for muscle instead of fat deposits. This hunger side effect tends to lessen when ibutamoren is taken at bedtime or with a large meal. Ikon Health Recommends following a protocol where Ibutamoren is used in conjunction with either intermittent fasting or using Ibutamoren with one of the larger meals toward the end of the day.
Ibutamoren can also help people who have difficulty sleeping. It has been shown to increase the amount of time spent in stage 4 deep sleep by 50%, as well as REM sleep by 20%. The more time spent in the deep sleep the more recovery and repair the body can accomplish. Many scientists believe REM sleep plays an important role in cognitive functioning and our overall mental health and wellbeing, hence more time spent in the REM cycle can also be beneficial.
Other health benefits of increasing growth hormone include: increased bone density, improved completion, increased energy, lower cholesterol, increased strength, increased lean muscle and decreased body fat.
Ibutamoren can be used in conjunction with other injectable secretagogues such as cjc-1295
, or sermorelin
for an even greater effect.