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Before discussing peptide therapy, it is important to know what a peptide is in and of itself. A peptide, technically speaking, is a short chain of amino acids that have been linked. They act as tiny proteins that tell other cells and molecules how to behave themselves. Simply put, there are a lot of peptides in the human body – over 7,000 have been discovered.
As peptides can boss cells around, they are useful as a form of treatment for many conditions. Peptides introduced clinically are accepted well by the body and are shown safe for use. Peptide therapy has become very popular for these reasons and even through it is a cutting edge technology, there are many FDA-approved medications containing peptides available today.
Peptide therapy is performed by administering specific peptides via injection, skin creams, nasal sprays, and in pill form.
As mentioned earlier, there are many, many peptides and each has its own individual impact. With that said, with so many peptides, there is also a myriad of conditions treated by peptides. Some peptides can encourage the production of growth hormone in the body. These are beneficial in treatment of many age-related issues and even chronic inflammatory diseases. Some are impactful in the treatment of obesity, as they encourage the death of excess fat cells. One type of peptide is even known to encourage the production of melanin, decreasing the chances of skin cancer. Others can be therapeutic for an array of sexual dysfunctions.
Peptide therapy can be helpful for a vast variety of issues from tissue repair, to fat loss, to improved sex drive. Many patients experience positive results after beginning peptide therapy. Peptide therapy is worth investigating if you suffer from any chronic issue, and our physicians and representatives can help you decide if it is right for your needs. Below are some broad categories, with a little break down of how certain peptides can help in those areas. If you see one that applies to you, feel free and encouraged to contact us to discuss how we can help you further.
This first group of peptides is known to be found lingering in areas of wounded tissues and in cells that help with clotting after injury. This has been scientifically proven, leading us to deduce that they are effective as an anti-inflammatory agents that also promote healing. Patients with Lyme Disease, CFS, and other inflammatory/immune diseases have seen impact from them. They have also been shown to expedite the healing, and recovery process, in soft tissue injuries and wounds.
Another in this group is found in the body in tiny amounts inside gastric juices. This peptide allows for healing and protection of the stomach and GI tract. Obviously, with that said, it can be effective in resolving GI issues. However, research has taken it a step further and discovered it can also help patients with chronic joint pain, muscle tears, sprains, or strains.
Another in this group is in a category, or class, of peptides called Growth Hormone Secretagogues (GHS). These peptides encourage the body to produce its own human growth hormone, which aids in a variety of conditions. It can be effective by encouraging the burning of fat in obese patients. Also notable, when paired with some of the aforementioned group members, this peptide could aid in the regeneration and healing of cartilage in areas where cartilage has been lost or damaged.
Certain peptides have been shown to participate in the process of fat loss in several ways. These are particularly effective at remaining in the body for an extended period, unlike other similar peptides. This allows it to effectively do its work over time. It also encourages the release of IGF-1, a growth hormone that impacts fat loss, lean muscle growth, and better sleep. These are all factors in the process of losing weight.
Another peptide in this group similarly encourages secretion of growth hormone, which encourages burning fat and muscle growth. However, it has been found to do so more effectively as it does not stimulate the appetite, which could be counterintuitive for weight loss.
A third one in this category is another interesting peptide with a variety of benefits. It increases skin pigmentation. Some enjoy the benefit of a better tan, but clinically it can decrease the chances of skin cancer. Additionally, it stimulates fat loss. This is a perfect example of how peptide therapy can be impactful in many ways.
In this group of peptides we find what are called GHRPs, or growth hormone releasing peptides. They do just as their name indicates – encourage release of human growth hormone (hGH). These peptides can optimize appetite as well. This allows for the process of muscle building to occur, increasing the proper nourishment in patients.
There is another one that is derived from GHRPS as well. It also encourages the release of hGH. However, it lacks the appetite inducing effects, allowing for an increase in muscle mass without an increase in hunger. It has also been shown to have impacts on heart health and cartilage regeneration.
Yet another type of peptide inside this group provides benefits very similar to those of anabolic steroids without all the nasty repercussions (liver toxicity namely). Patients have seen an increase in muscle mass, fat loss, bone strength and even sexual libido.
There are also others geared more towards regenerating muscle mass, by encouraging muscle stem cells to produce appropriate proteins. These are commonly used by patients who have experienced muscle loss, maybe from age or an autoimmune disorder.
This powerful group can make a positive impact on the brain. Functioning as a nootropic, the peptides increase cognitive function and even motivation in individuals. They have been found to improve the activity inside brain tissue. This is critically important in preventative measure for Alzheimers Disease or dementias people with a family history or genetic predisposition (ApoE4). They can also play a key role in the treatment of brain injury, Alzheimer’s Disease, and victims of stroke.
There are also peptides that can be utilized to help reduce stress. They control the enkephalin peptides, that play a major role in reducing stress. These could also improve learning and memory in patients, while regulating focus.
Other peptides in this class can be used to enhance cognition and improve circulation to portions of the brain responsible for memory retention. This may also help in stroke prevention.
This group of peptides can treat sexual dysfunction in both men and women as well as erectile dysfunction. By utilizing the central nervous system, these peptides create a far safer option for treatment of ED than medications such as Viagra, which carries increased risk of stoke and heart attack. They have been noted to increase libido, acting as an aphrodisiac. These effects also led to the creation of another peptide. This peptide utilizes the aphrodisiac effects to treat sexual dysfunction, like erectile dysfunction.
Interestingly, this group of peptides can also be used to create a safer, sunless tan.
This peptide category plays a major role in the release of T-cells by the thymus gland. T-cells aid the body by identifying good cells versus bad and creating a response by good cells to an invasion of bad ones. Obviously, a healthy T-cell production results in a lack of infection and the ability to recover from one more quickly. These are utilized in therapies to encourage fighting off infection. They have been invaluable to those suffering from cancer, AIDS, hepatitis, and even Lyme disease.
Inflammation is a major symptom for those suffering from Lyme Disease, and auto-immune disorders. As discussed earlier, the powerful peptides can provide anti-inflammatory benefits to patients. This aspect is precious to those suffering from any chronic inflammatory process caused by infection.