Description: Comes in 50 cc vials. This product
is a freeze dried white powder that requires refrigeration and
is light sensitive. This powder is supposed to be reconstituted
with bacteriostatic water to equal an amount of 50 cc. IGF-1 or
insulin-like growth factor 1 is a structural homologue of insulin
that exhibits insulin-like activity. IGF-1 is synthesized in the
liver and it is bound to carrier proteins that determine it's
biological actions. IGF-1 is also the peptide through which growth
hormone exerts most of its growth promoting effects. If you raise
GH levels in the body, IGF-1 levels will also rise. IGF-1 does
have an effect on insulin production in the body. It will lead
to a decrease in insulin secretion which at the same time increase
insulin sensitivity. IGF-1 is chemically the same as insulin but
it is also somewhat different. IGF-1 does not seem to regulate
glucose levels in the body like insulin does though.
As far as bodybuilders are concerned, IGF-1 has several good effects.
It enhances nitrogen balance while simultaneously promoting fat
loss. Bodybuilders are claiming a 5% drop in bodyfat per month
and huge increases in strength. It also seems to lower LDL cholesterol.
IGF-1 also normalizes hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. It stimulates
DNA synthesis and cell multiplication. It might stimulate red-blood
cell production thereby increasing endurance. This action would
be similar to what EPO does for the body as well (see EPO description).
It is about 3 times less effective in this process as EPO in that
respect. EPO has bee used for years to increase oxygen utilization
efficiency. Bodybuilders have also found that IGF-1 reacts synergistically
with long duration testosterone's as well. Testosterone enanthate
increases serum IGF-1 levels in the body up to 21%.
When taken on its own, IGF-1 has a short half life. As is, the
active duration is only about 10 minutes in the body. Binding
proteins added to the compound seem to extend the half-life dramatically.
When coupled with IGFBP-3 (IGF binding protein-3), the half-life
is extended to between 6 and 16 hours which is a much more usable
time duration. This product is very hard to get a hold of as well.
Most people will probably never even see a vial of this stuff.
It is only made by three pharmaceutical companies in the world.
To get some of this, you have to be either a research student
or know someone who knows someone, who knows someone....if you
can find it, IGF-1 will cost you between $600-800 per bottle for
Effective Dose: 1/10 - 1/2 cc every other day.
Street Price: $600-800 per 50 cc vial.
Stacking Info: It is commonly stacked with insulin, growth hormone,
and any and all steroids.