Peptide Benefits for Fitness, Muscle Building, and Weight Loss: Peptides are renowned for their fitness advantages. By creating proteins, targeted peptide supplementation, combined with a balanced diet, can accelerate and optimize muscle-building goals.
Moreover, peptides help protect organs and skin as they adapt to increased activity levels. They offer excellent prevention against injuries and stretch marks.
Peptide Benefits for Medical Use: Peptides have even more clinical benefits beyond the fitness realm. Medical professionals prescribe peptides to regulate hormones, optimize organ function, promote gut health, and enhance skin health.
Relief from Brain Fog: Many peptides possess anti-inflammatory properties, making them effective in reducing brain inflammation and relieving brain fog in some patients. Exciting studies show that peptides like Dihexa hold promise as treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Selank, another peptide, may help rewire neurological pathways and alleviate anxiety and mental stress when combined with brain retraining.
Nail, Skin, and Hair Health: Collagen peptides are globally celebrated for their beauty benefits. Many people attest that a daily scoop of collagen has transformed their dull skin and brittle nails.
Improved Gut Health
BP 157, a protein studied for its potential gut health benefits, may promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, improve overall gut health, and support the gut lining’s integrity. This can help reduce the risk of digestive disorders and optimize gut health.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Boosting Peptides
There are several peptides that boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH). They may differ in size or duration but many share similar mechanisms and this group of peptides leads to increased production of human growth hormone (HGH). HGH levels decline as we age and are believed to lead to weaker muscles and bones, loose skin, reduced healing ability, increased body fat, and likely many more issues associated with aging. Taking these peptides may improve healing and exercise recovery, aid in restful sleep, increase energy, reduce body fat, and more.
CJC 1295, Sermorelin, and Tesamorelin
CJC-1295, Sermorelin, and Tesamorelin are synthetic versions of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH). GHRH stimulates Human Growth Hormone (HGH) release. HGH assists in muscle growth, fat loss and sleep improvement. This peptide can also increase energy in adults, quicken metabolism, accelerated healing and aid in anti-aging benefits. These are some of Dr. Aister’s favorite peptides.
Ipamorelin and Ibutamoren
Ipamorelin and Ibutamoren are both selective ghrelin receptor agonists. These medications stimulate the secretion of HGH through a different mechanism than the above Sermorelin, CJC-1295, and Tesamorelin. Ibutamoren can be taken orally, but Ipamorelin is typically injected. Ipamorelin is often combined with Sermorelin or CJC-1295 to improve HGH secretion.
Inflammation and Healing
BPC-157 or “Body Protective Compound” has been shown to improve healing of ulcers and reduce inflammation of stomach and intestines. BPC has also been used to speed healing and recovery of muscles, bone, tendons, ligaments and more.
Found in human gastric juice and stable in this environment. The mechanism is not fully understood but does seem to promote the recruitment of fibroblasts (cells that make extracellular matrix and collagen) and the formation of new blood vessels. Dr. Aister is a big fan of this for improved healing after injury or surgery.
Hormones and Sexual Health
Gonadorelin is a peptide that is used to increase your production of Luteinizing Hormone (LH). In men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone. This peptide is used to boost testosterone in men who are not yet candidates for testosterone replacement therapy and to help maintain your own production of testosterone while on testosterone replacement therapy.
Kisspeptin-10 stimulates Luteinizing Hormone (LH) release. LH is one of the hormone stimulators of testosterone and sperm production. It is often used in men to improve testosterone production.
PT-141 (aka Bremolanotide or Brand name Vyleesi)
Used for premenopausal hypoactive sexual desire disorder for women and to improve erectile function for men. The mechanism is believed to act on melanocortin receptors in the brain, increasing arousal.
Epithalon is an anti-aging peptide that appears to increase the length of telomeres of your cells. One theory of cell aging is that the telomeres on your DNA is shortened slightly with each cell division, eventually leading to the inability for those cells to divide. This is called the Hayflick Limit and basically means that your cells can only divide a finite number of times before the telomeres are too short to replicate. Epithalon has been shown to activate an enzyme called telomerase in order to add length back to the telomeres and, therefore, increase the number of times a cell can divide.
Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Control
Semaglutide (aka Ozempic or Wegovy) is the peptide found in brand name medications Wegovy and Ozempic. These medications are used to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes mellitus and to help patients lose weight. Semaglutide activates the glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptors. Semaglutide can reduce food cravings, increase insulin production in the pancreas and reduce levels of glucagon resulting in lower blood sugar and weight loss.
Tirzapetide (aka Mounjaro) is the peptide used in the brand name medication Mounjaro. This medication is used to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes mellitus as well as for weight loss. Tirzepatide works by activating both the GLP-1 and GIP receptors in your body. This improves insulin release from your pancreas, reduces glucagon, reduces food cravings and helps patients lose weight
AOD 9604 is a small portion of Human Growth Hormone that stimulates the breakdown of fat without the negative effects of taking HGH.
Who should not take peptides?
Those who have active cancer and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take peptides as they have not been studied for safety in these populations.