It may seem odd, but some of us use peptides without even realizing it. Insulin is probably the best example we can give. Insulin is the most commonly know peptide that is used to regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein by promoting the absorption of glucose from the blood into liver, fat and skeletal muscle cells.
In recent years, medical research has found many ways in which the power of peptides can be harnessed to speed up and improve healing, and to address a number of other health concerns, including everything from maximizing physical performance, assist with weight loss, reduce inflammation, memory loss and anti-aging therapies or to increase muscle mass.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, what are peptides, and how can we use them?
What are peptides?
If you already know proteins, peptides are basically the same thing, just smaller in size. Proteins are very large structures composed of many amino acids. They have a very complex role, and some of them make up complete body structures. For example, the muscle tissue is filled with millions of protein filaments. Each one of these filaments is impressively large on a molecular scale.
In contrast, peptides are very small. They are also made up of amino acids, but only a handful of them. Their role is also simple compared to large proteins. Most peptides work as messenger molecules. They travel long distances in the bloodstream to communicate with distant cells and help your body function in unison. Some may act like neurotransmitters, while others may act like hormones. They bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do. Peptides are very specific which makes them safe, well tolerated and more importantly allow them to control and influence how our bodies react to physical exercise and diet. As of January 2015, there were over 60 US FDA-approved peptide medications, 140 peptide drugs being evaluated in clinical trials, and 500 in pre-clinical development.
& peptide therapy?
As we age, production of essential amino acids and peptides decreases. As a result, our bodies begin to show signs of aging and cease to perform at an optimal level.
Peptide therapy is the targeted use of peptides to produce a specific reaction in the body. Peptides have a wide range of therapeutic applications.
People with different health and performance goals often consider therapeutic peptides. Since peptides are small and straightforward, they can be developed quite easily and go directly to where they are needed. They go directly to stimulate a specific receptor or trigger a particular function, making them practical, selective, and very safe to use.
When people suffer from issues like chronic back, major joint pain or generalized pain from injuries, inflammation, immune deficiencies, decreased natural HGH levels and decreased libido, doctors typically focus on simply covering up the issue. Peptide therapy treats the root cause of these issues and helps you find ways to maintain a healthier, more energized, pain-free lifestyle.
Stop letting age or injury hold you back!
Health benefits of peptides
Insulin was first used as a treatment for diabetes back in 1920. Since then, we have used this and other peptides as a part of medical treatments. But nowadays, we have many different peptides, and even healthy patients can benefit from their health properties. They mimic normal body functions and trigger a healthy and natural response in the body. For instance:
- CJC 1295/Ipamorelin: This is a growth hormone secretagogue. Simply put, it stimulates the pituitary gland to synthesize and release the growth hormone. While exogenous growth hormone can correct growth deficiencies, this peptide promotes muscle growth, weight loss, increase cellular repair, regeneration, collagen production, bone mineralization, promotes healthier sleep and improves energy levels.
- BPC 157: Not all peptides need to be injected, and this is a suitable example. It is a Body Protection Compound that accelerates wound healing (muscle, ligament, tendon, nerve) and prevents tissue damage and has been shown to decrease pain in damaged areas. It is also helpful to treat gastrointestinal inflammatory problems such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Protects and heals inflamed intestinal epithelium (leaky gut). Protects liver from toxic insults (alcohol, antibiotics, etc) and promotes healing. There is even evidence of neuroprotection and nerve regeneration (improves memory & focus)
- GHK-Cu: Peptide benefits are also useful for the cosmetic industry, and this is an example. GHK-Cu has a variety of roles in the human body including promoting healthier skin (tightens loose skin and reverse thinning of aged skin) Repairs protective skin barrier proteins, Improves skin firmness, elasticity, and clarity. Reduces fine lines, depth of wrinkles, and improves structure of aged skin.
How do they work?
All of these peptides are made up of amino acids. They are organic compounds that feature an amine and a carboxyl group. Peptides contain somewhere between 2 and 50 amino acids. If they have more than 50, they will be called polypeptides and proteins if they have more than 100.
Once the peptide is assembled, it falls into different categories depending on its functions. Some of them are enzymatic peptides, which bind a target substance and modify its chemical structure. In contrast, hormonal peptides will stimulate a cell receptor and bring messages to different parts of the body.
There are many types and benefits, and the best part is that peptides can be combined in many different ways to treat ailments, prevent health problems, and help you achieve your wellness goals. At Fitat60 we are now working on developing a range of products for our customers. We are finding and developing the best products and programs for people over 60. No corners cut.