You might have heard of Novex Biotech’s GF9 supplement, which claims to boost growth hormone levels by a whopping 682%. Now, we know that sounds too good to be true, and we wanted to do some digging to see if there’s any research that supports this claim.
So, we did some research on the product formulation and medical studies on the ingredients, and we’re here to share our findings with you. We’ll also take a look at the team behind Novex Biotech and their credentials (or lack thereof).
In the end, we’ll let you know whether we think GF9 lives up to the hype and whether you can expect such a massive increase in growth hormone levels by taking this supplement regularly. So, let’s get started!
Table of Contents
- Missing Team Page Raises Questions About Novex Biotech’s Credentials
- Why You Should Be Wary of Supplements with Proprietary Blends
- Novex Biotech’s GF9 Supplement: Questionable Claims and Potential Economic Bias
- Insights on GF9’s Amino Acid Ingredients and Their Effects on GH
- YouTube Review of GF9
- Final Verdict
Missing Team Page Raises Questions About Novex Biotech’s Credentials
Have you ever visited the Novex Biotech website and noticed they don’t have a team page? Well, that’s the first red flag we noticed. We were left wondering, where are all of the brilliant scientists working on these supplements? And what about the founders, who are they?
Normally, when a supplement company has a team of experts on their staff, they proudly display this information on their website. It’s a smart move, as it helps increase consumer trust. So, it’s fair to assume that a supplement brand without a public team page has no scientists or medical experts on their team.
We believe it’s more important for a team of experts to back up a medical claim, like a 600% GH increase, rather than seeing photos of a celebrity brand ambassador like Shaq, who’s a great marketer but has no medical background.
In short, Novex Biotech’s missing team page raises some serious questions about their credentials.
Why You Should Be Wary of Supplements with Proprietary Blends
Supplements are a popular way to enhance your health and fitness, but not all supplements are created equal. One of the things to watch out for is the use of proprietary blends on the Supplement Facts panel, like in GF-9. This means that instead of listing the exact dose of each active ingredient, the blend only lists the total amount. As a consumer, this lack of transparency can make it difficult to know what you’re actually getting and whether the ingredients are effectively and safely dosed.
Sometimes, companies use this lack of transparency to their advantage by including minuscule amounts of exotic ingredients to make their supplement look more impressive. For example, a pre-workout supplement may contain an effective dose of creatine and caffeine, but also include significantly underdosed ingredients like saffron extract and blueberry powder extract. Without the individual doses listed, consumers may be misled into thinking that these secondary ingredients are important to the overall formulation when in reality, the creatine and caffeine are responsible for all the performance benefits.
Schizonepeta powder is another example of an exotic herbal ingredient included in GF-9 that may not actually have any impact on human GH levels. While the manufacturer doesn’t link to any medical studies suggesting that this compound improves GH levels, they may include it to justify a higher price point for the product.
As researchers, we recommend that consumers avoid products with proprietary blends. Without transparency around the dose of each active ingredient, it’s difficult to know what you’re actually getting and whether the ingredients are effectively and safely dosed. Instead, look for supplements that list the exact dose of each active ingredient in their formulation, so you can make an informed decision about what you’re putting in your body.
Novex Biotech’s GF9 Supplement: Questionable Claims and Potential Economic Bias
We wanted to chat with you about Novex Biotech’s GF9 supplement and some of the claims they make about its ability to increase growth hormone by upwards of 700%. It turns out that the source of this claim is a single study referenced on their website, which was published in the American Journal of Therapeutics.
Now, here’s where things get a bit fishy. The study was funded by a company called Sierra Research Group LLC, which is also based in Salt Lake City, Utah – just like Novex Biotech. We did some digging and found that Sierra Research Group doesn’t seem to have a public website, and is presumably a for-profit corporation. This raises some questions about the potential for economic bias, which we consider to be significant.
To make matters worse, the study itself only included 16 participants, which is a pretty small sample size. And while the results may seem impressive, they haven’t been replicated in other clinical trials that weren’t funded by Sierra Research Group.
Now, we’re not saying that Novex Biotech’s GF9 supplement is completely worthless. It’s definitely a good sign that they have some research backing from a study published in a legitimate medical journal. However, we don’t consider the quality of the data to be very high, and we wouldn’t recommend the supplement based solely on this research.
So, if you’re thinking about trying out GF9, we suggest you proceed with caution and do your own research to make an informed decision.
Insights on GF9’s Amino Acid Ingredients and Their Effects on GH
Let’s chat about GF9 and its amino acid ingredients. So, a lot of the ingredients in GF9 are amino acids or amino acid derivatives. Medical studies have looked into how amino acid supplementation affects GH, but the results have been mixed.
One study found that amino acid supplementation had no effect on GH during exercise, but did increase GH by about 50% in resting subjects. Meanwhile, another study showed that l-arginine supplementation increased GH levels by around 100% at rest, but actually decreased GH levels during exercise. It’s worth noting that the arginine dosage in this study was almost 300% higher than the entire GF9 prop blend dosage, of which arginine is only a small part.
A clinical trial also found that arginine supplementation at a dosage many multiples higher than the entire GF9 prop blend dosage led to an average increase in GH of 60% during sleep. So, it seems that amino acids can increase GH levels at rest, but may decrease GH levels during exercise.
However, none of the studies we looked at found GH increases as high as what Novex Biotech claims for GF9. So, we’re sorry to say that we consider this supplement underdosed and ineffective.
YouTube Review of GF9
If you’re curious about GF9, you might want to watch this popular review from a channel called “More Plates More Dates.” The creator of the video doesn’t have any medical credentials, but they seem to know their stuff and they cite their sources well. Plus, they agree with us on a lot of points!
When it comes to Novex Biotech supplements, specifically GF9, we don’t recommend them. While it’s true that amino acid supplementation can lead to a short-term increase in growth hormone (GH) at rest, there’s no concrete evidence to support that this increase is sustained.
Interestingly, Novex Biotech themselves acknowledge this fact on the Science page of their website. They state that it’s still unclear whether GH changes persist over a longer period and if there are any other benefits associated with it.
To us, it doesn’t make sense to spend money on a dietary supplement that only briefly and slightly increases GH levels. But, for those who are interested, taking a single amino acid like l-arginine at an effective dose may be a more cost-effective option than GF9.
Most research on amino acids for exercise performance focuses on their ability to increase nitric oxide production. In our opinion, this performance benefit has more reliable research backing than the GH benefit touted by GF9.
Lastly, we don’t put much trust in GF9’s claim of a 682% increase in GH levels based on a single study. Since this claim hasn’t been replicated in other studies, we’re skeptical about the validity of this data and the supplement’s actual ability to increase GH levels even temporarily.