Peptides and the Future of Medicine

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What are Peptides?

Peptides are naturally occurring biological molecules. Peptides are found in all living organisms and play a key role in all manner of biological activity. Like proteins, peptides are formed (synthesized) naturally from transcription of a sequence of the genetic code, DNA. Transcription is the biological process of copying a specific DNA gene sequence into a messenger molecule, mRNA, which then carries the code for a given peptide or protein. Reading from the mRNA, a chain of amino acids is joined together by peptide bonds to form a single molecule.

There are 20 naturally-occurring amino acids and, like letters into words, they can be combined into an immense variety of different molecules. When a molecule consists of 2-50 amino acids it is called a peptide, whereas a larger chain of > 50 amino acids generally is referred to as a protein.

Peptide Benefits

  • Can increase and help maintain muscle mass and definition
  • Can strengthen the immune system
  • Can improve regulation of other hormones
  • Can increase natural HGH (growth hormone) and IGF-1 production
  • Can boost healthy levels of growth hormone
  • Can increase libido and sexual arousal in both men and women
  • Can increase levels of concentration and memory retention
  • Can increase development of lean muscle growth through the development of new muscle cells
  • Can improve workouts, stamina, and recovery
  • Can promote your body’s natural ability to process fat
  • Can reduce body fat through lipolysis
  • Can increase levels of energy, strength, and endurance
  • Can accelerate healing from wounds or surgery

How do peptides work?

To fully realize why peptides are among the fastest growing areas of medicine, you must understand how they work with our physiology, why they are superior to pharmaceuticals, and why they have the potential positively affect almost every disease-state imaginable. Peptides are small proteins or short chains of amino acids.  They are biological molecules that are found in every cell and tissue in our body.  They perform essential functions that keep our bodies performing to optimal levels, by linking together.  They have many functions in the body including signaling and messaging. 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. Biochemically speaking, they are biological molecules that once attached to a specific receptor, illicit a response at the cellular and potentially systemic level.  Basically, they act as signaling molecules with a specific task and purpose.  Since our bodies are already accustomed to peptides and recognize them, we are able to compound them, extending the half-life in the bloodstream so they do exactly what we want them to do.  This allows for targeted utilization for conditions such as increased performance, weight loss, speeding up the process of healing injuries, expediting fat loss, preventing chronic disease, supporting the immune function and increasing muscle growth.  Essentially, peptide therapy helps the body mimic the functions of naturally occurring peptides to emulate certain abilities on targeted areas.

Why Are Peptides becoming so popular?

Peptides represent the future of personalized medicine, where side-effects are minimized and where healthy living can be achieved by our bodies own innate mechanisms. They are capable of a multitude of functions as they are very specific in their action. Peptides can help us lose unwanted weight, restore our youth, enhance muscle growth, repair tissues, tears, injuries and wounds, optimize cellular function, as well as promote an overall sense of well-being.
Their unique mechanism of action is how peptides are able to work with our physiology, not against it like most traditional pharmaceutical therapies. They play a monumental role in the maintenance of normal bodily functions, their nutritional value as well as their influence on one’s mood, hormonal function and growth. Peptides are the basic building blocks of proteins, which are one of the three core nutritional elements of a healthy diet – the other two being carbohydrates (sugar) and lipids (fats). Of these 3 elements, proteins are the most vital determinants of health and quality of life. With the compounding of peptides, we identify the key that sets into motion a series of biochemical responses, extending the half life in the blood stream, allowing the peptide to do exactly what it is intended to do with our body’s own natural responses.

What Role Do Peptides Play?

Peptides are vital for 3 main reasons. First, they are essential for the synthesis of DNA – this is the “code” of our cells, which determines everything from the color of our eyes and skin, our height, our body type and even our risk for developing certain diseases as we age. Second, peptides determine our mood and psychosocial wellbeing; they are required for producing dopamine and serotonin which are the “happy chemicals”, a lack of which can cause depression and anxiety.

Third, peptides are essential in the synthesis of enzymes. Enzymes are like biological scissors; they metabolize large molecules which we consume as part of our daily diet and also speed up biochemical reactions in the body to ensure that the inner workings of our cells (the basic building blocks of life) work properly.The beauty of peptides is that they are organic and naturally occurring compounds. They are not drugs per se, as they are solely comprised of proteins and therefore have virtually no side-effects when prescribed by a medical doctor and used properly.

what are the best peptides

There is not really “one best peptide”, however there are many peptides that are commonly prescribed as a result of their benefits and the results they can produce.  

Here are some Peptides that can help with:

Peptides

  • CJC-1295/Ipamorelin
  • Ipamorelin
  • Sermorelin
  • IGF-1
  • 5-Amino
  • AOD-9604
  • IGF1-LR3
  • Tesamorelin
  • CJC-1295/Ipamorelin
  • Ipamorelin
  • Ibutamoren(MK-677)
  • Sermorelin
  • LGD-4033
  • IGF1-LR3
  • CJC-1295/Ipamorelin
  • Ipamorelin
  • Ibutamoren(MK-677)
  • Sermorelin
  • LGD-4033
  • Tesamorelin
  • Melanotan II
  • Bremalanotide/PT-141
  • DSIP
  • Selank
  • Semax
  • Dihexa
  • Kisspeptin-10
  • Thymosin Alpha-1
  • Thymosin Beta-4
  • BPC-157
  • GHK-Cu
  • Thymosin Beta-4
  • Thymosin Alpha-1
  • IGF1-LR3
  • BPC-157
  • Thymosin Alpha-1
  • IGF1-LR3
  • Bremelanotide/PT-141
  • Kisspeptin-10
  • Testosterone

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Peptides Online

Although peptides are available for sale online, neither the purity nor the potency of such products can be ensured. In short, peptide hormones—sold as dietary supplements or in any other form—are not safe for any use other than as prescribed under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.

Peptides are becoming more popular, however  they are still new enough that they have not reached the main stream of social media and therefore much of the information found on-line may not be clinically supported. Furthermore, you should be cautious of the window of underground online sources where you can buy peptides. Beware of online sources and dispensing from non-medical professionals as these products are likely fraudulent and potentially dangerous. Along the same lines, be sure to work with a medical team that understands how peptides work, how to prescribe them and supervise your results. All programs should include blood tests as well, to determine your baseline results, medically supervise your progress and results.

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Peptide Therapy

One of the most relevant and applicable therapies in Integrative Medicine today, is the cutting-edge, rapidly expanding, Peptide Therapeutics market. We believe that Peptide therapy represents the future of Integrative Medicine, for those striving to optimize overall health, due to the fact that peptides are highly specific (i.e. they only do what you want them to do) while also being well-tolerated and safe.

Although peptide therapy is fairly new, as of 2015, there were over 60 US FDA-approved peptide medications, 140 peptide drugs being evaluated in clinical trials and 500 in pre-clinical development. This is a science society has been waiting a long time for.

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How are peptides administered?

Most peptide medications are administered subcutaneously but can also come in the form of transdermal creams, nasal sprays, and oral capsules, tablets and troches.

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Disclaimer

Individual results vary. Best results promoted by a healthy lifestyle! These peptides are not approved or regulated by the FDA. Some of them have GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) status with the FDA. These are compounded for human use by a U.S. 503A compounding pharmacy that provides these on a patient-specific basis.