As a busy business mom, I’m constantly on the go, working with clients, taking my kids all over, and everything else that’s expected of moms these days. I get to the gym when I can but most of my energy comes in the form of a delicious, brewed miracle bean drink called “coffee”.
So when the opportunity arose to try a supplement that supposedly reduces symptoms of aging and fatigue – and it wasn’t coffee – I was skeptical, but intrigued. GenF20 Plus is supposed to spur the body to create HGH through a mix of herbs, neurotransmitters, and amino acids.
Again, I was skeptical, but I thought it might be worth giving it a shot; my husband has been taking the male version of this product (TestRX) and seems to like it. The increase in HGH is supposed to give you a boost in energy, focus, help with weight loss, and increase your libido. If you follow me on the Thrifty Guardian Facebook page, you may have noticed my husband and I were featured in The Wall Street Journal about how Netflix impacts our love life, so that last benefit made me chuckle…but is also relevant to most married couples and parents.
All of that sounded good so I took the plunge and started my GenF20 Plus experiment.
What is HGH?
HGH stands for human growth hormone, and from the moment you’re born it drives everything in your body from organ development to height. As we age, there’s less and less of it to go around, and this creates tell-tale signs of aging like wrinkles, fatigue, and that sort of general laggy feeling. Weight lifting increases HGH, as does fasting, but this supplement claims to boost them in addition to all that other stuff.
Supplementing with GenF20 Plus supposedly:
- Increases muscle mass, which will boost your metabolism
- Helps burn fat
- Reduces the signs of aging
- Improves mood
- Improves sleep
- Boosts libido
- Provides more energy
There are more supposed benefits but I was certainly interested in sleeping better, burning fat, and having more energy. I decided to try the supplement for 2 weeks and see how I felt.
How does GenF20 stimulate HGH production?
As I said before, it’s cocktail of various things, but essentially there are ingredients that boost metabolism, ones that are directly linked to HGH production, and ones that reduce stress and inflammation. Together these work to fight against some main causes of early aging (obesity, stress, and inflammation).
L-arginine, L-lysine, L-ornithine, and L-glutamine are all amino acids and they work in tandem to boost HGH levels, along with GTF chromium and deer velvet antler. They also throw in GABA, which is a neurotransmitter that helps calm you down and helps with clarity of thought along with colostrum. Finally astralgus root and l-tyrosine help relieve stress, reduce fatigue, and boost your metabolism for better energy and fat burning.
Apparently in addition to the benefits the supplement is directly intended for – increasing HGH basically – the ingredients are also useful for younger looking skin, lowering cholesterol, and improving hair and nails. As a mom I can definitely get behind literally all of that.
How Much to Take
So the pills are normal supplement pills, and the ideal dosage is 4 capsules a day, roughly 2 in the late morning and 2 in the afternoon (about an hour before dinner). That adds up to a whopping 120 pills a month which is kind of intense. There is also an oral spray bottle that you spray under your tongue and then don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes following.
Does GenF20 work?
I’ve been taking it for 3 weeks now, and I do feel like it’s giving me energy. The first few days when I took it I felt especially focused and energized. Now it seems more like a steady ability to stay focused on a project or task, and less mental fatigue. It’s especially nice after I take it in the afternoon as I find I’m less eager to zone out in the evening, so I’m getting more done.
I have seen some weight loss but I think that would be even better if I were dieting or exercising in a focused way. One thing at a time, eh?
My nails are growing better, and I can’t really tell if my hair is different. Heh if you’re new to who I am, my hair is incredibly long and luxurious. (*brag alert!*)
Overall, it does seem to provide better focus and energy, and the rest of the benefits, though potentially coincidental, do seem to be there.
Ah now here’s where I battle frugality vs productivity…
A 1-month supply of GenF20 is $82.99, which I feel is pretty steep given that’s about how much I spend on a week’s worth of groceries for my family of four. While it is possible that taking it for months on end with a super tight workout and dietary plan would reap better results, it’s certainly something I’d have to think about before permanently adding it into our budget.
Now I always go the blunt honesty route when reviewing products and GenF20 is no different. If you’re looking for a mental/physical boost, GenF20 (or TestRX for men) is the seemingly easier way to go, but intermittent fasting can provide nearly the same benefits and it’s free….soooo you can see my dilemma.
Does GenF20 work? For me, it certainly seems to deliver at least some of the results it claims to provide, and it’s probable that those results would compound if I took it longer.
At its $82.99/month price tag, however, it’s hard to justify and if the results didn’t continue to get more impressive, it would be an unfortunate waste of a lot of money.
In the end, this is something that I would really recommend you check out for yourself and (as always) talk to your doctor before starting any new regimen.