Bodies get older. It’s an inescapable truth. As the aging process progresses, the human body simply cannot operate like it did in its 20s and 30s.
Power H-Max promises customers a chance to regain some of the vitality and stamina they’ve lost to their advancing years. This all-natural supplement contains amino acids and other ingredients targeted at increasing human growth hormone (HGH) production. Power H-Max even claims these ingredients are clinically proven for this purpose.
If stopping the aging process is impossible, slowing it down might be the next best thing. Let’s see if Power H-Max has the power to boost HGH levels and deliver results.
Power H-Max’s Ingredients
The Power H-Max formula contains seven active ingredients. The product website describes a range of health benefits these ingredients can provide, but the focus here is whether they increase HGH production.
L-arginine is an amino acid with many functions, including being a factor in hormone release. Arginine supplements trigger HGH release, but usually only in dangerously high doses. 
L-ornithine is also believed to simulate human growth hormone release. Supplemental ornithine may cause side effects, such as nausea or joint swelling. 
Several studies indicate that taking lysine together with arginine may increase production of HGH. But both of these amino acids use the same metabolic pathway, so lysine may not absorb well when taken with arginine. 
This amino acid is also traditionally linked to improved vitality and increased HGH levels. The body usually produces plenty of glutamine on its own, but 2 grams or more may boost HGH. 
Colostrum is a special form of milk with high levels of antibodies. When humans take colostrum from cows, it might increase IGF-1 absorption. Scientists agree that low levels of IGF-1 coincide with aging.
Ornithine alphaketoglutarate is a compound of two molecules that occur naturally in the human body. A study of this compound in 1991 made some tentative claims about its hormone benefits, but science has yet to back those up. 
Glycine is the last of Power H-Max’s amino acids. Doses as small as 250 mg of glycine might stimulate HGH secretion.  However, the only study I found proving this effect comes from 1978. 
All of these ingredients have been studied as potential HGH stimulators. But most of them require high doses or combination with other ingredients before they significantly affect HGH levels. I need more definitive evidence before I’ll trust any one of these ingredients as a natural HGH booster.
Power H-Max’s Consumer Reviews
Consumer reviews of Power H-Max are one way to get that definitive evidence. If large numbers of Power H-Max customers report satisfaction with the product, I’d be inclined to believe it works.
But I couldn’t find any consumers saying anything about this product. This surprised me, especially since Power H-Max brags about being one of the most popular HGH stimulating supplements available. Once again, I find no proof that Power H-Max lives up to its claims.
Power H-Max’s Usage Directions
Even on something as simple as how to use this product I found conflicting information. The FAQ page on Power H-Max’s website recommends two possible ways to take this supplement. Both methods recommend taking two pills every day. But one recommends doing this at meal times, and the other recommends taking them at the beginning and end of the day with a glass of water.
This mix-up may seem minor, but the credibility of a website and its product goes down a lot when it cannot even provide simple instructions without contradicting itself.
Power H-Max’s Price
The only place to buy Power H-Max is the official website, PowerHMax.com.
All bottles of Power H-Max contain 60 capsules, a one-month supply. Customers can choose to pay for 1, 2, or 3 bottles, but only purchases of two or more come with complementary bottles.
Buying one bottle costs $64.20, or $1.07 per pill. Buying two bottles costs $119.20, but comes with one free bottle. This makes the cost per pill 66 cents.
Finally, buying three bottles gets customers three free bottles. If customers buy this six-month supply, they only pay 48 cents per pill. That price is less than half the cost of the one bottle price. This might look like a bargain, but for a product with unproven ingredients, any price is too high.
Power H-Max also offers a 120-day money-back guarantee. But after looking over the terms and conditions, I’m not sure this nearly four-month return period is all that impressive. Customers don’t get a refund on shipping, despite claims elsewhere on the site that they will. And the refund may only apply to unused products rather than a refund of the full purchase price. Power H-Max also reserves the right to reject returns.
Should You Buy Power H-Max?
The only answer I can come up with is no. With unproven ingredients, a total lack of consumer feedback, a hazy return policy, and unclear usage directions, Power H-Max fails on all counts to earn my confidence. Stimulating HGH might be a great way to slow down the aging process, but Power H-Max is not the product to do it.
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