Below you'll find some common and frequently asked questions about peptides and peptide therapy.
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What are peptides?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are linked together and can be thought of as small proteins. In our bodies, these small proteins act as signaling molecules. They bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do.
Peptides are an integral part of most biologic processes and are present throughout every cell and tissue in the body. Maintenance of appropriate concentration and activity levels of peptides is necessary to achieve homeostasis and maintain health. The function of a peptide is determined by its size and amino acid sequence.
Some peptides act like neurotransmitters, while others act like hormones. Many control and influence how our bodies react to diet and physical exercise. As we age, production of essential amino acids and peptides decreases. As a result, our bodies begin to show signs of aging, and cease to perform at an optimal level. Since peptides can boost our body’s own natural growth hormone production, they are rapidly replacing traditional Human Growth Hormone therapy.
These peptides improve cell efficiency in eliminating waste and mitochondrial function. Loss of both is responsible for cell aging and ultimately, death.
As of 2015, in the US there have been over 60 FDA-approved peptide prescription medications, 140 peptide prescriptions are being considered in clinical trials and 500 in pre-clinical development.
In recent years, the use of peptides in health care has gained much popularity. Peptide treatment is generally considered low risk and can be employed to produce very targeted effects. Several peptides have been approved by the FDA permitting them to get utilized for medical trials and use.
What is peptide therapy?
Peptide therapy is the targeted use of peptides to produce a specific reaction in the body. Some peptides have been shown to reduce inflammation. Some peptides stimulate the production of human growth hormone and are utilized in anti-aging therapies or to increase muscle mass.
Peptide therapies have a variety of applications including: immunity enhancement, acceleration of injury repair to muscles, tendons, ligaments, progressive fat loss, improvement of the bone mineral density, and many more.
Peptide therapy is an excellent way for the individuals to increase their overall health, wellness and vitality.
Why undergo peptide therapy?
Beginning peptide therapy can initiate an immediate and significant cascade of positive health results that can directly improve cognition, muscle mass, fat percentage, restful sleep and metabolism. All of which is achieved by potentiating the body’s own innate mechanisms.
Most of the injectable forms of peptide treatments are administered to increase production of human growth hormone (HGH), which can increase lean body mass, lower body fat percentage, and improve the speed of recovery after workouts. Some peptides are used to increase wound healing, speed up repair of tendon or soft tissue injuries, and others act as an aphrodisiac and sexual performance enhancers.
Who benefits from peptide therapy?
Men and women discouraged by the signs of aging benefit from peptide therapy. Peptides can be used to improve overall wellness in the body as well as limit the effects of aging and restore the vigor of youth.
Since peptides may help regulate processes within the body, patients with Lyme disease, chronic inflammation, autoimmune and other chronic degenerative diseases may benefit from including peptides in their treatment regimen.
Who shouldn't take peptides?
Those who have personal or family history of cancer should avoid using any medication or hormone therapy that encourages the production of Human Growth Hormone, as Human Growth Hormone can stimulate the production of cancer cells.
Women who are pregnant should not take any Human Growth Hormone Therapy.
Why must peptides be injected?
Proteins are essential in our diet and are comprised of various peptide bonds. During digestion and assimilation of proteins, there are numerous enzymes in the intestines and stomach, responsible for the breakdown peptide bonds. As a result, any medication which contains naturally occurring peptides, cannot avert the breakdown that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract.
Modified peptides can avoid breakdown in the intestines and stomach. However, modified peptides still cannot be absorbed into the blood due to cells in the intestinal wall, which inhibit absorption. This is the reason that peptides must be injected for optimal absorption and bioavailability.
What are the key benefits of peptide therapy?
Increased development of lean muscle growth through the development of new muscle cells
Improved workout and recovery
Reduced body fat
Increased energy, strength, and stamina
Increased muscle mass, definition, and endurance
Accelerate healing of wounds
Strengthened the immune system
Improved regulation of other hormones
Increased natural tanning!
Increased natural Human Growth Hormone production
Improved memory and mental functions
Improved skin elasticity and reduced wrinkles
Improved GI function
Just to name a few.
How are peptides different from growth hormone?
Peptides are a safe and effective alternative to exogenous Growth Hormones.
Growth Hormone therapy creates a supra physiologic stimulation of cells. This leads to cell hyperactivity which can in turn lead to edema, joint pain, increased potential for development of diabetes and cancer. Growth Hormone treatment can also shut down natural production of Growth Hormone causing serious health issues when stopped.
Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides do not replace the body’s own growth hormone production, creating a dependence on the therapy. Peptides are secretagogues, which naturally enhance and stimulate our body’s own production of growth hormone.
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