What Are Peptides?

Peptides are small building blocks of proteins, less than 50 amino acids in size, that naturally occur in our body and act as modulatory signaling molecules regulating a wide range of metabolic functions such as hormone release, gastrointestinal digestion, hunger, blood sugar control, bone health, sleep regulation, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurological, and immune system function. 

As signaling molecules, peptides ensure proper chemical communication, action and function between the hypothalamus, anterior pituitary gland, liver, stomach, and other tissues in the body. They modulate appropriate inflammatory response, protect cellular efficiency and optimize mitochondrial function, maintain cellular metabolic flexibility, upregulate beta oxidation of fatty acids, monitor and influence timing of cellular senescence (anti-aging effect), promote collagen formation, muscle healing and regeneration, and so much more.

Diet, stress, injury-induced inflammation, even normal aging can disrupt the production of our endogenous peptides. Growth Hormone (GH) and Insulin-Like-Growth-Factor-1 (IGF-1), for example, naturally help increase bone mineral density, increase muscle mass and energy levels, decrease adipose tissue mass by improving ability to burn fat via upregulation of beta oxidation of fatty acids, increase sex drive, memory and neurocognition. With all these given benefits, why not just supplement with exogenous Growth Hormone? Because Growth Hormone itself is not a physiologic stimulator of GH release, and when taken in exogenous form it eliminates the negative feedback loop, creating supraphysiologic levels of GH and leading to increased reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction, and premature cellular senescence (cell aging), quite opposite than the effects intended to create.

What Are Peptides?

Peptides are small building blocks of proteins, less than 50 amino acids in size, that naturally occur in our body and act as modulatory signaling molecules regulating a wide range of metabolic functions such as hormone release, gastrointestinal digestion, hunger, blood sugar control, bone health, sleep regulation, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurological, and immune system function. 

As signaling molecules, peptides ensure proper chemical communication, action and function between the hypothalamus, anterior pituitary gland, liver, stomach, and other tissues in the body. They modulate appropriate inflammatory response, protect cellular efficiency and optimize mitochondrial function, maintain cellular metabolic flexibility, upregulate beta oxidation of fatty acids, monitor and influence timing of cellular senescence (anti-aging effect), promote collagen formation, muscle healing and regeneration, and so much more.

Diet, stress, injury-induced inflammation, even normal aging can disrupt the production of our endogenous peptides. Growth Hormone (GH) and Insulin-Like-Growth-Factor-1 (IGF-1), for example, naturally help increase bone mineral density, increase muscle mass and energy levels, decrease adipose tissue mass by improving ability to burn fat via upregulation of beta oxidation of fatty acids, increase sex drive, memory and neurocognition. With all these given benefits, why not just supplement with exogenous Growth Hormone? Because Growth Hormone itself is not a physiologic stimulator of GH release, and when taken in exogenous form it eliminates the negative feedback loop, creating supraphysiologic levels of GH and leading to increased reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction, and premature cellular senescence (cell aging), quite opposite than the effects intended to create.

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Peptide Therapy

Peptide therapy, instead, restores physiologic endogenous release of GH and transcription of IGF-1, by mimicking the pulsing and amplitude of the Growth Hormone release with the intended optimal benefits mentioned above. In other words, peptide therapy acts directly on the pituitary gland stimulating its cells to produce and release Growth Hormone. This is just one example of how Peptide Therapy helps stimulate and promote natural, endogenous production and secretion of our peptides. 

Peptide Uses

Peptides can also be used for sexual health. Bremelanotide PT-141 helps increase energy, sexual desire and drive in women and men, and has been FDA approved for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women. 

Epithalon peptide is a potent antioxidant, reduces lipid oxidation, increases one’s resistance to emotional stress, normalizes melatonin levels to induce calmness and sleep, improves cortisol secretion consistent with circadian rhythm, improves insulin sensitivity, suppresses tumor development.

BPC-157 is used to promote tissue repair and regeneration and it focuses on the gut-brain axis. It accelerates wound healing, bone-ligament-tendon repair, acts systemically in the gastrointestinal tract to combat gastric ulcers, GERD, IBS, and intestinal permeability by helping improve the gastrointestinal mucosal integrity. It has neurological protective effects, influences the neurotransmitters, improving nerve regeneration and decreasing neuro-inflammation and depression. 

Thymosin-Beta-4 provides pain relief at injury sites, promotes, and regulates wound healing with little or no scarring formation, by supporting tissue stem cells regeneration and collage deposition. 

These and many other peptides are available in oral, subcutaneous, or intranasal forms of administration, and require careful and close monitoring under physician supervision.

To inquire further on Peptide Therapy, please sign up for a Free 15-minute discovery call to find out how Peptide Therapy can benefit you.

 

Peptide Uses

Peptides can also be used for sexual health. Bremelanotide PT-141 helps increase energy, sexual desire and drive in women and men, and has been FDA approved for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women. 

Epithalon peptide is a potent antioxidant, reduces lipid oxidation, increases one’s resistance to emotional stress, normalizes melatonin levels to induce calmness and sleep, improves cortisol secretion consistent with circadian rhythm, improves insulin sensitivity, suppresses tumor development.

BPC-157 is used to promote tissue repair and regeneration and it focuses on the gut-brain axis. It accelerates wound healing, bone-ligament-tendon repair, acts systemically in the gastrointestinal tract to combat gastric ulcers, GERD, IBS, and intestinal permeability by helping improve the gastrointestinal mucosal integrity. It has neurological protective effects, influences the neurotransmitters, improving nerve regeneration and decreasing neuro-inflammation and depression. 

Thymosin-Beta-4 provides pain relief at injury sites, promotes, and regulates wound healing with little or no scarring formation, by supporting tissue stem cells regeneration and collage deposition. 

These and many other peptides are available in oral, subcutaneous, or intranasal forms of administration, and require careful and close monitoring under physician supervision.

To inquire further on Peptide Therapy, please sign up for a Free 15-minute discovery call to find out how Peptide Therapy can benefit you.