About SeroVital-hgh

SeroVital-hgh is an oral anti-aging liquid concentrate that’s claimed to contain a special blend of amino acids that can naturally increase human growth hormone (HGH) levels within your body by 682%, resulting in an anti-aging effect (reduced appearance of wrinkles, tightened skin, etc.), as well as increased lean muscle mass, reduced body fat, increased energy, improved mood, and heightened sex drive. According to the SeroVital-hgh website, this is accomplished using 6 primary ingredients:

  • L-lysine HCl
  • L-arginine HCl
  • Oxo-proline
  • N-acetyl-l-cysteine
  • L-glutamine
  • Schizonepeta (aerial parts) powder

Until now, SeroVital-hgh’s manufacturer claims that the only way to boost your human growth hormone levels was through injections at your physician’s office. However, the company claims after more than 30 years of time-consuming and detailed research, they have finally produced an oral compound that can boost your HGH levels at a much lower price.

But let’s get real: Can you expect SeroVital-hgh to work as well as injections? Here’s what we learned:

What is Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?

According to WebMD, human growth hormone (HGH) is released naturally by the body’s pituitary gland, and is responsible for a wide variety of functions, including growth during childhood and the regulation of “body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function,” in addition to muscle growth (even as adults) and the firmness of skin. However, as we age, we produce less and less HGH, resulting in increased signs of aging from multiple perspectives.

In order to counteract these unwanted effects, an increasing number of men and women have turned to their physicians and undergone HGH injections, which introduce synthetic growth hormone directly into the body. This is in contrast to SeroVital-hgh, which does not contain any HGH whatsoever, but instead claims to feature key amino acids that are administered orally and are claimed to cause your body to release more HGH.

Will SeroVital-hgh Cause Any Side Effects?

Although SeroVital-hgh’s ingredients probably won’t cause anything worse than mild digestive upset (if anything at all), there are a few important considerations.

For example, WebMD notes that L-arginine can sometimes cause “allergies, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure.” They also note that in rare instances, n-acetyl-l-cysteine “can cause rashes, fever, headache, drowsiness, low blood pressure, and liver problems,” and in high doses, schizonepeta can damage the liver.

Finally, we’ll talk more about this in a moment, but oxoproline is considered an “uncommon and little studied” amino acid, so potential side effects are largely unknown.

What about HGH supplementation in general? HGH therapy has many legitimate medical uses, including treating chronic kidney insufficiency, Prader-Willi syndrome, short bowel syndrome, muscle-wasting disease, and more. When monitored by a physician, any long-term or severe side effects can be minimized.

However, for individuals who supplement (i.e. inject) HGH for long periods of time, such as bodybuilders, a whole slew of nasty side effects can manifest, including nerve, muscle, or joint pain, edema (swelling caused by fluid), carpal tunnel syndrome, skin numbness and tingling, high cholesterol levels, an increased risk of cancer, and more.

Here’s the thing though: based on existing research and evidence, we don’t think you’ll have to worry about any of HGH’s side effects with SeroVital. Why? Let’s learn more.

Does SeroVital Really Increase Your HGH Levels?

The SeroVital-hgh website provides a copy of their study claiming to show the product’s efficacy, although it’s interesting to note that the conclusion states: “Our results show that a single oral dose of these amino acids can significantly increase GH [growth hormone] Levels after 120 minutes in healthy men and women. Whether these GH changes persist over a longer duration or have other positive effects is being further examined.” In other words, although these amino acids were shown to increase growth hormone within the context of the study, there was no direct correlation between this GH increase and any of the benefits claimed by the company.

In layman’s terms, based on their own study, even if SeroVital-hgh does actually increase HGH levels, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll feel younger, have more energy, increase muscle mass, or anything else claimed by the company. The manufacturer appears to circumvent this problem by undermining the medical community when saying on their website, “the “established” medical community (and of course, they know everything) would say [SeroVital-hgh’s] benefits are largely anecdotal.”

But what does the medical community have to say about boosting HGH levels using amino acids? As it turns out, there doesn’t appear to have been a lot written about the link between the two, although we did locate a very in-depth article by QuackWatch (hint: the short answer is no). WebMD also wrote an informative article about HGH supplementation, claiming that “the Federal Trade Commission has seen no reliable evidence to support the claim that these [natural supplement-based] products have the same effects as prescription HGH, which is always given by injection.”

Even when looking at each ingredient Independently, according to WebMD, there is insufficient evidence showing that l-lysine, l-arginine, oxoproline (also known as pyroglutamic acid), n-acetyl-l-cysteine, l-glutamine, or schizonepeta can have any impact on HGH production.

Important note: Although the manufacturer claims that the research behind SeroVital-hgh was featured on Dr. Oz’s 10/28/2012 episode named “Supercharge Your Body with Human Growth Hormone,” after watching the episode ourselves, we didn’t find anything mentioned that would identify the company or the supplement. In fact, Dr. Oz mentioned that you only need 4 amino acids in order to boost HGH production (glycine, ornithine, arginine, and lysine), two of which aren’t included in SeroVital-hgh.

Are HGH Supplements Safe?

As noted previously, it’s important to make a very clear distinction between treatments that actually contain HGH (such as injections at your doctor’s office) and supplements that contain no HGH, but use different ingredients that are claimed to boost HGH production within your body (similar to SeroVital-hgh).

With this distinction in mind, the repeated use of treatments containing human growth hormone can lead to “joint swelling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and an increased risk of diabetes.” However, since SeroVital-hgh doesn’t contain any HGH, the possibility of experiencing these types of side effects might be extraordinarily rare.

On the other hand, when taken in the recommend dosages, the amino acids contained in SeroVital-hgh appear to result in very few side effects (we’ll talk about this more next). For additional information on the SeroVital side effects, you can learn more here.

What are Consumers Saying About SeroVital?

Although there were no testimonials listed on the SeroVital website at the time of our research, taking a look at consumer reviews on sites such as Ulta.com and GNC.com, the supplement appears to have an average rating of 3.7 stars. While some users appear to have experienced positive benefits from using SeroVital-hgh, some of the most common complaints cited failure to work, high price/low value, and side effects such as bloating, trouble sleeping, skin redness/blotchiness, and joint pain.

Since writing our original review, 12 HighYa readers have chimed in on their experiences as well, and have given SeroVital-hgh an average rating of 2.5 stars. According to these reviews, some of the most common complaints also cited failure to work as advertised and high price.

From a company perspective, SeroVital-hgh is manufactured by Sanmedica International based out of Salt Lake City, UT. The company has a C- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on just 3 closed complaints (as of 1/9/15), the majority of which appeared to reference difficulty obtaining a refund.

What Does Serovital Cost?

A 30-day supply of SeroVital-hgh is priced at $99, plus $6.95 Standard shipping (faster options are available for additional money).

Looking to spend less? According to Dr. Oz, the 4 key amino acids he spoke about on his original show can be purchased in pill form from your local health foods store for under $20.

With this said, after placing your SeroVital-hgh order, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the company’s Preferred Customer Plan, which means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply of SeroVital-hgh once every 30 days, and your credit card will be billed $80 each time (20% discount)

Important note: Although autoship programs like this are advertised as a way of providing convenience, there are several pitfalls you should be aware of before signing up. As such, we’d strongly recommend reading through our All About Autoship Programs article beforehand.

SeroVital-hgh comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges (you will be required to return the empty container to the company). In order to request a refund or to cancel you autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-435-1409.

Is SeroVital-hgh Your “Magic Bullet” for a Rejuvenated Body?

Chopping to the Point: Although the amino acids found in SeroVital-hgh may have been found to boost mean HGH levels more than six-fold in the manufacturer’s clinical study, there is essentially zero clinical evidence (whether through the manufacturer’s trial or elsewhere online) showing that this translates into any kind of real-world benefits. Considering this, along with the supplement’s very high price, we might recommend speaking with your physician about more effective methods of turning back the hands of time than with SeroVital-hgh.

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72 Customer Reviews for SeroVital-hgh

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 19 4 stars: 7 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 10 1 stars: 35
Bottom Line: 36% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 60 out 61 people found this review helpful

    Why I am quitting SeroVital

    I will be 68 years old in January of 2017. I am not sure how long I have been taking this product (probably between two to three years), but it did help me get a good night’s sleep. That being said, I look back at photographs, and I can see that it also made me look like a puffy football player on steroids. I asked four doctors about it, and all four said, “I wouldn’t take that.”

    Last year my Urologist said I had tiny kidney stones in my left kidney. I was also sent to an Endocrinologist in January of 2016 because my lab work indicated that I had become “Insulin Resistant.” I was put on Metformin and treated as if I had diabetes. I tapered off the SeroVital gradually from January of 2016 and by August of 2016, I was totally off it. My Insulin Resistance was re-tested, and it had dropped from something like 27 to 9. I was lucky.

    SeroVital had helped me move less stiffly, and when I was off it, it felt like the bones were poking thru my palms and feet with arthritis. I started back again, taking two instead of four a day, to make my hands and feet feel better. But last week, during a colonoscopy, (my third in 18 years) a growth was found for the first time ever. Today I found out the biopsy was negative, but I wonder if I would have even had that growth if I hadn’t been taking this growth hormone. I also wonder about the development of tiny kidney stones.

    So I am mailing my boxes back. It has benefits, but it also scares me. I even began to wonder if my teeth were separating, like in some sport steroid users.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Results Right Away

    • Virginia,
    • Jan 3, 2017

    Started taking this product for vanity reasons (63 and the clock keeps ticking), and saw a difference in my facial skin the next day after the 1st pill.

    The really amazing result for me though is what it has done for the chronic back pain issues I have suffered with for approximately four years. The pain in my back has reduced so much that I am about to reduce my chiropractic visits to once a week and possibly even less.

    My chiropractor is so impressed with the progress my back has made over the last six months that he and his wife began taking the supplement. He is a body builder and is excited to see his results.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 172 out 175 people found this review helpful

    Did Not Work For Me

    • WV,
    • Dec 16, 2016

    I subscribed to the monthly Auto-Ship for SeroVital-HGH and took them religiously for 3 months. So far I have noticed no difference in the way I feel, nor have I noticed any change in my skin, hair, nails, vision, etc. according to their claims. I can only deduce that I have been taking what amounts to a Placebo, but I understand results vary with each individual.

    The worst part of my experience with SeroVital-HGH was when I repeatedly tried calling their 800 number to cancel the Auto-Ship and all I got was a recording that states, "This number is temporarily unavailable". So I had to get online and Google them to find their website, and was able to send a message on their "Contact Us" page stating that I wanted to cancel my subscription. I am praying they cancel my order before another month's supply is sent and charged to my credit card. The initial charge was $99 for the first box, then $79.20 per month per box. A lot of money for a product that didn't work.

    My overall impression of this company is they have very poor customer service for making a person go an extra mile to contact them, and for not making it an easy process to cancel orders.

    Although some of the reviews here are positive, I think there are enough poor ratings and reviews to discourage a possible new customer from trying this product. The inflated price is hardly worth the hassle.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 227 out 232 people found this review helpful

    Uncertain equals stop ingesting unknown

    I have not noticed any of the improvements and benefits claimed by Serovital. I am not feeling better or worse. I've used the product for a year. My initial feelings; if a placebo works OK with me. I think I came to my senses. I will no longer ingest an unknown substance. I'm sending my recent order back. Anyone disagree? Please let me know.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 58 out 105 people found this review helpful

    Wonderful sleep, wake up refreshed!

    I bought this for myself for my 51st birthday. I took it the night before and yesterday. So in 2 days I've slept wonderfully, woke up refreshed and felt more alive. A few months ago my period stopped. I thought I was going through menopause and they were stopping. After one day of SeroVital, my period started. This seemed like it was making my body work more efficiently. I am impressed with this product and will update my review as I take more.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 138 out 141 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Pleasant Prairie, WI,
    • Sep 30, 2016

    I tried this product for two months. I took it every morning as instructions stated and did not experience any of the claims made by the advertisements.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 189 out 194 people found this review helpful

    Other ingredient in Serovital

    • Seattle,
    • Sep 28, 2016

    Listed in the "other ingredients" is Titanium Dioxide. Known to cause inflammation of the lungs, inflammation of the small intestine, kidney damage, and DNA damage. How could any respectable "Doctor" endorse such a product? Shame on her.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 161 out 162 people found this review helpful

    Bad return policy

    • Utah,
    • Sep 27, 2016

    Do not purchase this item. They claim they will give you your money back within 30 days if you do not like the item. Not true, I returned mine and they only gave me a credit of $6.95, but no credit of $99.00. How nice to provide the shipping credit. Here I am stuck with a product that did not work and gave me super bad headaches and made my skin super itchy. Stupid corporations always screwing the middleman for more money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 61 out 95 people found this review helpful

    So far so good, an honest review

    I have been taking this product for about 3 months now. I was already on track for losing some weight, but having concerns about loose skin after weight loss made me do some research.

    I came across ads for SeraVital and one of the benefits was skin firmness which I assumed would also mean skin tightening, Well, you should note that this is my 3rd major attempt at losing weight and I am very familiar with loose sagging skin which I have experienced in the past.

    After taking this for 3 months, I have 1/2 the loose skin in which I normally experienced, I am a skeptic, but desperate measures needed to be taken.

    I also noticed that my skin is incredibly softer/smoother and not sure if it's related or not, but scar tissue around where I had a serious break and surgery on my leg has almost gone away entirely (was a lump and unsightly and is now mostly gone).

    I am 43 and since my health has been improving, living longer and beating the aging clock has been quite the priority for me and I would recommend this product for what I have seen so far. I've tried the powder drink mix and pills and don't have a preference.

    As far as numbness in my fingers, well, I addressed this with my doctor who is assessing that my nerves may be "over stimulated" but he sees no reason to worry, I was given a clean bill of health. Oh, and did I mention I used to be considered diabetic? And he said my levels are in the NON-DIABETIC range now.

    I was very pleased with my recent doctor's visit. He is aware of the SeraVital that I am taking and says he has no advice on the product but said that whatever I am doing, it seems to be working great for me.

    I will continue to take the product and will re-post with my experience after a few more months. One more note – I have lost about 40 lbs with this and combination of this along with healthy diet and moderate exercise of 1 to 2 days a week. It's pricey, but so far worth it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 171 out 175 people found this review helpful

    SeroVital

    Bought three boxes, used it for three months & nothing! Absolutely no difference. Waste of money. Just another scam.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 148 out 154 people found this review helpful

    Bad Product and Bad Customer service

    My wife started getting stomach aches and other negative symptoms. I called to get the RMA We are in Canada and item was shipped from Canada. I was told it had to be shipped back to the USA.

    When I said that it was ridiculous I was told, “You Canadians are all the same.” Do not buy this junk of an item.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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