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The Truth about IGF-1 for Better Health

Have you ever heard anything about IGF-1? That is not a problem, because it is never too late to learn something new and have more attention to your body.

What is IGF-1?

In short, a protein and hormone help to build muscles and strengthens the body’s health. The full name of this protein is “Insulin-like Growth Factor 1”.[1]

  • Lowers the risk to have cancer
  • Helps to heal 
  • Helps with chronic inflammation

 

You need to know if your IGF-1 levels are optimal. It is possible with a special lab test. Don’t worry if they are not, because with an appropriate diet, supplements, lifestyle changes and other changes you can get there.

Reference:

[1] Surprising Truth About IGF-1 + Foods, Side effects, Cancer. Accessed from: https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/the-truth-about-igf-1-top-10-benefits-and-potential-drawbacks/rel=”nofollow”

  • Support good levels of oxidative stress markers
  • Contributes to antioxidant activity
  • Supports cellular metabolic activity
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free (read here more about the negative effects of soy)
  • vegan

If your lifestyle is not that healthy (it is not hard to evaluate that), IGF-1 test might help to monitor your lifestyle and chronic health issues. About inflammation that is also a chronic problem, you can read here.

The IGF-1 hormone helps to reproduce and regenerate cells. It works together with growth hormone. This hormone stimulates the liver to make IGF-1 that later leads to the growth and development of the body at any age.

IGF-1 function
  • improving bone density
  • building muscle
  • Healing skin, bones, gut lining, etc.
  • tackling other body needs
  • decreasing inflammation and autoimmunity
  • improving the brain function
How to boost IGF-1?
  • Red meat
  • Dietary protein
  • Dairy products
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Leveling cortisol, etc.

There are also special IGF-1 supplements that can help with different imbalances as additional support for other changes that a person should be willing to contribute. The good news is that science has come a long way. The same also applies to functional medicine. People can also be genetically predisposed to certain health issues such as autoimmunity or inflammation, but that doesn’t mean that it is not possible to find a certain approach that will help to deal with it and minimize the risk. Perhaps certain aspects have nothing to do with genetics, but there are also many other traits that can have an inheritance problem along the way as a part of bad decisions or shift in focus. It is never too late to think about your health and wants to improve it.

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