What Are Peptides?
This article will broadly introduce the subject of peptides, briefly discuss the prevalent types, and explain the ways they may be able to support health targets. Peptides may also help to improve immune function, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.
What are peptides?
Peptides are strings of amino acids manufactured by your body. Amino acids have long been considered the quintessential “building blocks” of proteins. However, peptides do not contain as numerous amino acids as proteins do.
Although your body produces peptides naturally, peptides can also be obtained from certain foods or created in a lab. Lab-created peptides are designed to mimic your body’s natural peptides, and they are often used in medications to treat conditions like diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Various peptides are also available in over-the-counter skin products and dietary supplements.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States does not regulate cosmetics and nutritional supplements the same way they regulate prescription medications, so you should exercise caution when using certain peptide products.
Where can you find peptides?
Your body naturally creates peptides, but they can also be found in specific plant and animal protein sources, protein powders, sports drinks, and supplements.
More than sixty peptide drugs are currently available in the United States alone.
- Fish and shellfish
- Hemp seeds
Types of peptides
Peptides that have a beneficial effect on your body and may positively impact your health are called bioactive peptides1.
Different bioactive peptides have other properties, and their effects on the body also differ depending on the sequence of amino acids they contain.
For example, two of the most popular bioactive peptides used in supplements are collagen and creatine.
- Collagen peptides may benefit skin health, including by reversing signs of aging. Collagen is one of the substances that makes up bones, cartilage, and skin.
- Creatine peptides may build muscle mass and strength. For example, growth hormone secretagogues (GHS) are used by some bodybuilders because they can stimulate the production and release of human growth hormone (HGH).
Benefits of peptides
In this section, we will discuss the anti-aging benefits of peptides, how peptides promote weight loss, and how peptides enhance tissue repair or healing.
As you age, the production and quality of collagen and elastin fibers decline, weakening your skin. With less collagen and elastin, your skin loses its firmness, forming fine lines and wrinkles.
Peptides increase collagen and improve the elasticity of your skin.
A 2020 study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences revealed that using peptides on the face and neck for two weeks helped 2reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for those aged forty or older.
Peptides may also protect your skin against premature aging caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV damage can also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.
Supports weight loss
Peptides for weight loss promote the metabolism of nutrients, 3increasing lean muscle mass and helping support overall health and wellness. Peptides for weight loss work best when combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight training.
Some of the primary peptides for weight loss are:
Ipamorelin is a highly-potent ghrelin-receptor agonist that mimics ghrelin’s effects on growth hormone regulation and increased metabolism, causing the pituitary gland to release growth hormone, resulting in fat breakdown and energy release in your body.
Ipamorelin and CJC 1295 often combine to increase lean muscle mass and weight loss.
It will take about a month to start noticing results, with results peaking after 3 to 6 months of daily use.
Tesamorelin is a modified synthetic form of GHRH that regulates growth hormone release. It has anabolic and lipolytic effects that can help reduce body fat, and it comes with fewer potential side effects than GHRH. Tesamorelin can be used to treat lipodystrophy in HIV patients, which is a metabolic condition that causes increased body fat in certain areas. A clinical trial done by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a 26-week course of tesamorelin injections into the abdomen could reduce visceral fat by up to 15 percent.
CJC 1295 is a growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) receptor agonist that prolongs the stimulation of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in your body.
In adults, CJC 1295 works by increasing metabolism and energy and assisting in the burning of fat. If you take CJC 1295, it will likely take a few months to start noticing results.
MOTS-c is a natural peptide from mitochondria that regulates muscle function and physical decline.
Your body produces it during exercise, which promotes weight loss, prevents weight gain, and increases energy levels by regulating glucose metabolism in your muscles and your liver’s breakdown of fatty acids.
Enhances tissue repair or healing
Taking collagen peptide supplements has been shown to help 4repair connective tissues in tendons and ligaments and may even help prevent soft tissue injuries.
It will take at least four weeks of daily collagen supplementation before you notice any significant benefits.
Taking vitamin C supplements along with collagen supplements will help activate the collagen.
Some of the best peptides for healing include:
- Mechano Growth factor (MGF)
- Thymosin Beta 4
MGF can help you heal from muscle loss by activating muscle stem cells.
Thymosin Beta 4 is commonly used for healing wounds and treating arthritis, specific allergies, infections, and general inflammation because it forms new blood vessels.
Collagen provides benefits for your hair, nails, and skin and also helps maintain the proper function of your joints and cartilage. Collagen is often available as an unflavored powder added to beverages.
Glutamine improves gut health, immune function, muscle repair, and recovery by increasing cellular activity.
BPC-157 is found in your stomach and can reduce the symptoms of several inflammatory diseases, including arthritis.
Role of peptides in medicine
In this section, we will discuss the role of peptides in the treatment of wounds, the treatment of diabetes, and the treatment of obesity.
Treatment of wounds
Some peptides may help manage chronic diabetic ulcers and other infected skin injuries. Collagen-based wound dressings are administered to 5treat skin burns and diabetic ulcers.
Instead of replacing or promoting the formation of human collagen, animal collagens from cows, pigs, and horses act as biocompatible wound/environment barriers.
Many antimicrobial peptides (AMP) can also be wound-healing peptides (WHP), and they are constantly in demand in developing new treatments across a variety of fields.
Treatment of diabetes
In addition to using collagen peptides, antimicrobial peptides, and wound-healing peptides to treat diabetic foot ulcers, there are other ways that peptides can be used to treat diabetes.
Peptide immunotherapy may help treat type 1 diabetes by 6restoring immune homeostasis by affecting T cells.
Many with type 2 diabetes do not have normal levels of GLP-1, which is responsible for slowing digestion, preventing your liver from making too much sugar, and helping your pancreas produce more insulin when needed.
Taking semaglutide can help type 2 diabetes patients 7significantly reduce blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar spikes.
The lab-created peptide GEP44 and other peptides can help users reduce their blood sugar levels by sending glucose into muscle tissue and converting some cells in your pancreas into insulin-producing cells.
Treatment of obesity
A new class of peptides could be used as an alternative to gastric bypass surgery in obese patients. GLP-1 and peptide YY can promote weight loss by instilling a feeling of fullness, reducing your appetite, and helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
A lab-created peptide called GEP44 activates one receptor for GLP-1 and two receptors for peptide YY. In a study, obese rats given GEP44 ate up to 80 percent less and lost an average of 12 percent of their weight in 16 days. The rats did not regain their lost weight even after the treatment ended, setting it apart from current obesity drug treatments.
However, the study also indicates that GEP44 causes weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing energy expenditure. Increased energy expenditure can come from higher physical activity levels or increased heart rate or body temperature.
The same study compared GEP44 to liraglutide. Rats that received GEP44 lost more weight than those given liraglutide. Unlike liraglutide, GEP44 did not cause nausea or vomiting in rats or shrews.
Researchers believe that GEP44 does not cause nausea and vomiting because it activates multiple receptors, which may prevent the intracellular signaling pathway that leads to nausea and vomiting.
Peptides are strings of amino acids similar to proteins but smaller and more accessible for your body to absorb than proteins. Your body naturally makes peptides, and you also get them from plant and animal proteins you eat, such as meat, wheat, beans, fish, and shellfish. Additionally, many cosmetic products and dietary supplements also contain peptides.
Peptides are popular for reversing signs of aging, repairing damaged or injured soft tissue, and treating conditions such as wounds, diabetes, and obesity. It is essential to understand that many peptide-containing dietary supplements and skin care products are available over the counter without a prescription. The FDA does not regulate these products the same way as they regulate prescription medications. For this reason, it is vital for you only to get peptide
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Peptide Shots - Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in our peptides injections?
There are many different peptide injections that we offer as part of a peptide therapy including sermorelin, DSIP, GHK-CU, BPC 157, PT-141 and CJC-1295 + Ipamorelin.
What is SERMORELIN? .
Sermorelin is a synthetic form of GHRH (growth hormone-releasing hormone) which controls the hGH (human growth hormone) and it’s recommended to people who have low levels of hGH.
What is DSIP?
DSIP stands for Delta sleep-inducing peptide and it’s a peptide that has an impact on the neuromodulation and it’s typically found in the brain. It’s a nonapeptide that promotes healthy sleep.
What is GHK-CU?
The GHK-CU peptide is used for stimulating blood vessels and nerve outgrowth but it also increases collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan synthesis as well as supports the proper function of dermal fibroblasts.
What is BPC 157?
BPC 157 is a peptide that can help you if you have joint pain or problems with joint mobility but it can also improve muscle recovery after an injury. It’s a peptide that can improve the vascular flow to the ligaments and tendons which helps with healing.
What is PT-141?
PT-141 also referred to as bremelanotide, is a cutting-edge peptide hormone therapy that enhances sexual function in both men and women. In addition to treating female sexual arousal problem in women, PT-141 is an effective and efficient treatment for erectile dysfunction and enhanced libido in males.
What is IPAMORELIN?
Ipamorelin is a GHRP (growth hormone releasing peptide) and it incites the release of growth hormones from the pituitary gland. It’s used to improve the production of growth hormones which can help you grow muscle tissue.
Why is a Telemedicine Consultation included?
A telemedicine consultation is included because it’s very important to consult with a medical professional before you decide on which peptide therapy is the right one for you.
How do peptides improve your sleep?
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter present in the brain that releases chemicals as messages to your brain and body that it is time to go to sleep. Some peptides can interact with serotonin. Serotonin regulation issues can definitely interfere with a person's ability to have a good night's sleep.
Both Sermorelin and CJC1295 are recognized for their potency as peptides that enhance sleep. Another technique for raising sleep quality is the administration of the peptide DSIP, or delta sleep inducing peptide.
How do peptides improve immune health?
The immune response can be either blocked or stimulated to produce tolerance using peptides and peptidomimetics as immunomodulating agents.
How do peptides speed up muscle and joint recovery?
They speed up muscle and joint recovery by stimulating the production of growth hormone which helps grow new cells and muscle fiber which ultimately speeds up recovery.
How do peptides help with sexual performance?
Peptides are able to affect your nervous system directly and improve your sexual desire, arousal as well as increase the blood flow to your penis and prevent erectile dysfunction.
How do peptides help with muscle growth?
Certain peptides are able to stimulate the production of the human growth hormone (HGH) which helps enhance muscle growth.
What is the peptide therapy cost?
Do peptides help with weight loss?
Yes. By increasing the breakdown of fat cells, certain peptides may even aid in the reduction of body fat. Numerous avenues exist for peptides to help in weight loss. For instance, some peptides can increase HGH synthesis. When that happens you get more energy and power, which can enhance your exercises and aid in calorie burning. Additionally, it could hasten your recovery.
What are the benefits from Peptide Therapy?
There are many benefits from getting peptide therapy and the most significant ones are:
- Build muscle and lose fat
- Slow down aging
- Wound healing and joint recover
- Improved skin health
- Prevent COVID symptoms
- Improve immune function in general