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There are numerous chemicals and substances in our body that keep us moving and doing the things that we need to do on a daily basis. One of those substances is a peptide known as BPC 157. BPC stands for Body Protection Compound and refers to a specific peptide created naturally by the body inside the gastric juices. Different peptides do different things, and BPC 157 is being heavily studied because of how it helps the body with tissue healing and regeneration.

Although the research on how BPC 157 works and what it can do for overall health in the long term is still in its infancy, BPC-157 is already being used to help treat some medical conditions. Today, we are going to take a more detailed look at how this peptide works, its potential benefits and uses, and how taking supplements may affect you, including any risks or side effects that we know about so far.

What is BPC 157? 

A peptide is a compound that typically occurs naturally in the human body and is made of a string of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of life and are what are used to create our cells, proteins, and, most importantly, DNA.

BPC 157 is considered a pentadecapeptide, a peptide composed of 15 different amino acids.

Each peptide has a method of activation or a specific way that it performs a function within the body. Although the exact mechanism by which BPC 157 works is still uncertain, the peptide acts on the natural regenerative process within the body by activating growth hormone. This hormone then starts the repair and production cycle of cells, accelerating the healing process. This has been most closely observed in muscles and tendons, where tears were recorded to heal more rapidly than without the BPC 157 peptide.

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These initial studies on muscles and tendons and the accelerated tissue regrowth were performed on lab mice. Still, results suggest massive potential for the peptide to be used in the treatment of sports-related injuries.

Benefits of BPC 157 

BPC 157 may promote improvement in cell regeneration and migration, leading researchers to believe that the compound may be able to help repair damage to areas of the body that typically are slow to heal or that do not heal naturally on their own.

Another component of the BPC peptide that is showing promise is that the peptide appears to promote the regrowth of stronger cells in tissue where the peptide is present. Studies show that the tendon cells that were grown as a result of the BPC peptide were more resistant to oxidation stress and actually grew healthier and stronger than the existing tissue.

There is also evidence that BPC 157 could be used to control the immune system’s inflammatory response and to heal damaged tissue without the harmful effects present from the activation of the immune system, such as inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Another potential benefit is the ability of this peptide to help heal digestive system injuries.

BPC 157 could be used to treat disorders that are tied to inflammation and activate the healing response without causing an inflammatory response from the immune system. This peptide shows promise to improve joint health and limit symptoms of joint degeneration caused by inflammation.

BPC 157 may also help speed up the healing process of soft tissues. This was observed in some of the earliest tests on lab mice, where muscle tissue and tendons were damaged and then exposed to the peptide. Results showed a noticeable increase in regrowth and repair speed.

One final potential benefit of the BPC 157 peptide is the treatment of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. There is evidence that BPC 157 works to regulate the nervous system’s response to stress and also helps to improve brain function, which could correlate to better hormone production and a reduction in depressive episodes.

How to Use BPC 157

BPC 157 has yet to be approved for human use by the FDA as more research is needed to determine effectiveness and safety for this purpose. However, it can still be found as part of anti-aging and wellness supplements and as a standalone oral pill, nasal spray, and injection. The most common usages are via daily subcutaneous injection and regular oral supplementation.

At present, the only known side effects are mild. These side effects include pain and inflammation at the injection site, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, hot and cold flashes, and shortness of breath. These are all listed as mild and should dissipate quickly.

If you decide to take BPC 157 supplements on your own, it is important to monitor your health and report any strange reactions to your doctor as soon as possible and discontinue taking the medication if necessary. 

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It is important to note that long-term studies have not been performed, and the peptide has been banned by the US and global anti-doping agencies for its ability to improve athletic performance.

Conclusion

BPC 157 is a naturally occurring substance that is still early in the initial phases of investigation. So far, it has shown potential benefits in the areas of wound healing, anti-inflammatory properties, joint health, intestinal health, and the treatment and management of chronic pain and disease. Within the next few years, doctors and patients could have another tool in their belts to deal with injury and disease that may improve the quality of life for millions of people.

If you plan to take BPC 157, it is important to consult with a medical professional to ensure that this treatment is safe and effective for your health goals.

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, GHK-CU and PT-141.

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. 

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.

Sermorelin is recognized for their potency as peptides that enhance sleep.

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.

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