During the aging process, many of us experience new, uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms that we haven’t had to deal with before in our younger years. From symptoms like depression, anxiety and memory loss, to weight gain, muscle loss, vulnerable immunity and more, there are many ways aging takes form on our bodies — many that can put a significant strain on your quality of life.
What are Peptides?
Peptide therapy is the future of regenerative medicine and has been changing the lives of patients for the better. Peptides occur naturally in the human body and are considered the building blocks of proteins. With more than 7,000 known peptides in humans alone, these chains of amino acids are known to regulate a wide range of biological functions and processes in our bodies and also provide a wide range of therapeutic applications.
Some of the many functions peptides are involved in include:
Immune system function
What are Peptides Used For?
People with different health and performance goals often consider therapeutic peptides, as they may be used for hormone replacement, medical weight loss, pain relief, and even anti-aging purposes. Are you struggling with hormone balances, weight loss, sexual health or pain? Now that you have more insights about the variety of peptide treatments available, learn more about what they can do for you.
Some peptides for weight loss induce lipolysis, or the breakdown of fat cells, while also boosting metabolic functions and muscle building capabilities. CJC 1295 is a synthetically produced peptide (unlike other peptides), and yields significant results for boosting protein synthesis, thus promoting metabolic function. AOD 9604, a peptide that helps combats obesity, burns fat by stimulating the pituitary gland and regulating metabolism. It can even inhibit the formation of fat in the body, while simultaneously benefiting bone health. Semaglutide, a peptide that was initially developed for diabetes but is found to significantly reduce appetite.
Anti-Aging and Aesthetics
Peptides help improve memory and energy, while boosting the body’s metabolic function. Aesthetic advantages include improved skin quality and tightness and reduction of frown lines, crow’s feet, hair regrowth, under-eye bags, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Another peptide, called Glutathione, is one of the most potent natural antioxidants existing in nature and combats oxidative stress from everyday environmental factors. When the body is protected from the “wear and tear” of oxidative stress, it is simultaneously protected from premature aging.
PT-141, also known as Bremelanotide, is used as a safe and effective treatment to combat male and female sexual dysfunction without the need for prescription medications. Sexual benefits derived from this peptide includes increased sexual desire in men and women without an adverse effect on the vascular system, boosted sex drive, and increased energy. Results depend on the individual, however many women reportedly felt effects in as little as a few minutes, and lasting up to 72 hours following injection. As of June 21, 2019, Bremelanotide PT-141 received approval by the FDA for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women under the brand name Vyleesi.
We have had great success using peptides when it comes to pain management. They naturally decrease inflammation and assist with improvements in joints and help with muscle recovery. As the production of hormones has become better understood, the field of peptide therapy has been able to uncover various functions and applications. Replacing regulatory peptides treats injuries and other health conditions:
Regulate hormones: largely managed by peptides, hormone production regulates many functions, especially healing capacity.
Increase amino acid concentrations: By delivering peptides to a targeted area, the concentration of amino acids increases in areas of concern.
Heal damaged cells: By introducing the regenerative peptides to damaged tissue can stimulate cell healing/migration, muscle generation, and hair regeneration.