How Do Peptides Work?

By Andrew Wax | Longevity

Mar 02

Peptides are seeing a surge in popularity.

It is a well-deserved recognition as a properly designed and administered peptide therapy can have some astounding results.

Peptides are used to modulate naturally occurring processes in your body to improve many aspects including health, wellness, fitness, and more.

Some of these processes include healing or recovery, sleep, cognitive strength, and libido.

Peptides are being used with positive results to treat issues like immune disorders, obesity, and to improve post-surgical outcomes.

Simply put, peptides are a novel way to fix a variety of things in your body.

What Is a Peptide?

There are 7,000 known types of peptides moving around in your body so it may be beneficial to be aware of what they are.

Peptides are small chains of amino acids, 2-50 of them in a chain, that tell cells what to do.

The small size of these signaling chains allows them to have very specific functions.

One well-known peptide is a great example of how specific the mechanism of actions can be.

A Peptide In Action

Almost everyone has heard of insulin.

Insulin has a specific mechanism that tells the body what to do with glucose – use it for energy now and store the extra for later energy production.

When someone diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes does not produce insulin properly, the glucose gains control resulting in a high-glucose scenario which can cause myriad problems for the patient.

When insulin is artificially introduced, it reproduces the typical process and allows the glucose to be handled properly.

Deficiencies like diabetes are not the only precursor to opportunities for introducing peptides.

Peptides known as collagen hydrolysates are now known to have positive impacts on cartilage loss.

Others are being used as novel approaches to treating autoimmune diseases.

Age plays a major role in our loss of homeostasis over time.

Healing is slower, cognition is not as sharp, and hormone production drops – all caused by the natural degradation called life.

The introduction of peptides can help slow or reverse some of these processes associated with aging.

Peptides are popular amongst those looking to improve athletic performance and get better results in the gym.

Certain peptides encourage the natural release of growth hormone and aid in muscle growth, endurance, and recovery.

The Peptide Safety Profile

One of the hallmarks of peptides is their relatively short half-life.

Peptides all act in the same manner – go to work eliciting a specific response from cells and then dissipating from the body within an hour.

This behavior makes peptides safe and reliable.

Unlike some other synthetics used to manipulate hormones in the body, peptides are naturally occurring and can be introduced to encourage the release of growth hormone with the understanding that their work will stop within a short timeframe.

Peptide therapies are complicated.

They, like all outside influences introduced to your body, can be dangerous if not treated appropriately.

However, with proper guidance from professionals like those at the Boulder Longevity Institute, peptides can be very safe and effective.

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Questions About Peptides?

Boulder Longevity Institute is home to the nation's 1st Medically Managed Peptide Program for Human Optimization. If you're interested in learning more, give us a call today. (303)443-0848

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