Welcome to the exciting world of peptide therapy! Peptide theory is hot right now, and for good reason. Magazines from Parade to Town and Country have gushed about how revolutionary these treatments are and how they hold hope for anti-aging, weight loss, building muscle mass, reducing inflammation, controlling blood sugar, improving skin quality, contributing to cardiac health, and increasing sex drive. Why The sudden interest in peptide therapy? Well, it turns out it isn’t so sudden. Professional athletes, bodybuilders, and exercise gurus have known about peptide therapy for years, and it was the accumulating testimonials of these professionals and many happy customers that caused a growing recognition in the wider research and medical community about the promise of peptides. In fact, hundreds of peptides are being researched right now by the scientific community for human use. The problem is, they have been a little behind the curve as peptide use took off in the exercise and sports communities and it is the widespread evidence of the benefits provided to those users that much of our data is based on. Clearly, these peptides have contributed to athletic performance, shortened recovery times, heightened stamina, and accelerated injury healing. Not only is this evidenced by the rave reviews of professional trainers and athletes, but by the fact that some peptides have since been banned by international sporting federations because of the performance-enhancing edge they gave to athletes. This may have limited the use of some of these peptides by athletes, but luckily if you’re reading this you may not be as likely to be bound by international sports federations and the benefits are yours to be had.
So what are peptides and why do they work so well?
You might remember having studied peptides in your high school or college biology classes. Peptides are chains of amino acids that act as messengers in the body to trigger certain events, usually the release of the body’s own hormones. Rather than taking a drug that directly interacts with a body’s systems, peptides trigger the body’s own natural hormones and cells to behave a certain way, and rather than injecting the hormone itself into the body, peptide therapy can allow a more stable, natural release of hormones. Peptides, even synthetic ones, are recognized by the body’s cells since they are used to a variety of peptides sending messages throughout the human system. It’s not like peptide therapy is all that new either, the first peptide isolated and produced outside the body for injectable use was Insulin, and many modern peptide therapies, particularly those for weight loss and involving the in-body release of human growth hormones, have been built using insulin-like peptides. Some peptides, like insulin, are hormones in their own right, while others might just stimulate the release of certain other hormones from the pituitary or other glands.
How do you take advantage of peptide therapy?
Most peptides are given by injection. How frequently depends upon the half-life of the peptide. Some peptides have a half-life of just a few hours, while others can last in the body for more than a week. Weekly injections are common in peptide therapy, and sometimes those with a shorter half-life are combined with a longer one to achieve more stable results. Since some peptides have a shorter half-life, and some have some difficulty in penetrating certain barriers in the body, injections are almost always the best path for therapy. Most peptides have very few if any side effects, but a couple can have risks for some people. If this is the case, it’s usually a result of long-term therapy using that particular peptide, which shouldn’t usually be the case. Some peptides can be switched out with others, and an initial plan of peptide therapy is usually not a long-term project. Repeating therapy in the future is not the same thing as staying with injections continuously for a long period of time. There are peptides available as supplements, or available through the mail for self-injection, but the path is not recommended. You should consult with a trusted integrative medical clinic for consultation on which peptide therapy plan is right for you, have professionals deliver injections, and be guaranteed high-quality products.
What kind of benefits can you expect?
Along with increasing performance, endurance, immunity, recovery, and healing, athletes and others discovered other effects of peptides. Some of those same performance-enhancing peptides acted in such a way as to combat aging and improve performance even for older adults. The anti-aging properties of some peptide therapies is what makes them so appealing to a lot of people. If you begin a course of anti-aging peptides, you might find yourself with more energy, fewer wrinkles and age spots, performing more robustly and with more desire in the bedroom, and able to build muscle and keep off fat like you haven’t been able to for a long time. Other peptides can help those who have trouble controlling their blood sugar, help those with coronary artery or heart disease, act as therapy for those with gut issues, aid with immunity, and possibly decrease the debilitating effects of some autoimmune diseases. More and more benefits are being discovered all of the time. Here are some popular injectable peptides and the type of benefits that might be accrued from each:
Semaglutide for long-term weight control
CJC-1295 for anti-aging
Ipamorelin for anti-aging, quality sleep, and rejuvenated skin
BPC-157 for healing and reducing inflammation
IGF-1 for your workout
Sermorelin for anti-aging and as a substitute for hormone replacement
PT-141 Bremelanotide for revitalizing and enhancing sexual function
GHRP2 for anti-aging, muscle production, and general well being
TB500 for injury recovery, cardio health, and anti-aging