What are peptides?
Peptides are essentially short proteins that act as signaling molecules for a VAST amount of cellular functions. They attach to receptors on target cells and stimulate how that cell responds to certain stimuli which can range from functions such as muscle repair, hormone production, brain health, libido, weight loss, inflammation responses, DNA repair, and much more.
Peptides have started to gain a huge popularity due to their limited side effects versus traditional hormone therapy.
Why do peptide therapy?
As mentioned above, peptide therapy can treat or improve bodily functions for a WIDE range of reasons. One may wish to use peptides to improve muscle mass while decreasing fat mass, improve the immune system, help with anxiety and depression, reduce inflammation, improve muscle, tendon, and ligament healing from injuries and much more.
How do I know which peptide is right for me?
All of our clients will go through a thorough screening with a physician who will take a history and patient evaluation, learn exactly what YOUR specific goals are, and we will provide a recommendation based upon those goals.
There are currently hundreds of peptides available and we will help you figure out what you need to look, feel, and perform your best.
What are the risks of peptide therapy?
As mentioned above, there are many different peptides and side effects can vary. However, it is important to note that the widespread increase in the use of peptides has stemmed from the fact that they produce relatively few side effects. A physician will explain the risks and benefits to whichever peptide is best for you.
Most peptides are injected subcutaneously (right under the skin) with a very small insulin needle that is relatively painless; however, some peptides can be taken transdermal, orally, and intranasally.
What are some common peptides for use?
Here is a “short list” of common peptides for a variety of functions
BPC-157 – used for muscle, tendon, ligament, neural, and gastrointestinal issues
Originally produced by the body to protect and heal the gut; this peptide has shown incredible healing properties if isolated, extracted, and put in other areas of the body
TB-500 – used for healing effects and reduced inflammation in most tissues
TB-500 is present in low quantities in almost all cells; it is responsible for signaling healing mechanisms when damage occurs. Isolating and injected a concentrated dose helps to heal the body.
Thymosin alpha-1 – used for increased immune function
Naturally produced by the Thymus and this signals T cells to mature and differentiate.
Ipamorelin – used for reducing inflammation, muscle growth and fat loss
Ipamorelin is a ghrelin agonist, this means it stimulates GH production via the ghrelin pathways. It is very specific to growth hormone release which is why it is considered one of the safest growth hormone secretagogues
PTD-DMB – used for treating baldness associated with wounds or age related balding
PTD-DMB is a peptide that blocks the zinc finger proteins that cause hair growth too halt in follicular cells; thus allowing hair growth to continue.
CJC – increases GH release for fat loss and muscle gain
CJC acts as a GHRH that will stimulate GH release using a different pathway than Ipamorelin allowing for enhanced results.
MOTS-C – fat loss and improved insulin sensitivity
MOTS-C is a peptide encoded by our mitochondrial DNA that is produced during times of exercise and glucose restriction. It allows for the improved uptake of glucose into the cell and lipolysis of fat. By isolating and using this peptide; we can improve glucose transport into the cell and cause lipolysis.
AOD 9604 – joint pain and osteoarthritis along with fat loss
Originally discovered to help aid with fat loss AOD stands for Advanced-Obesity Drug; AOD is a fragment of GH that deals primarily with lipolysis. However, recent studies show tremendous effects on healing cartilage when given intra articularly.
PEG-MGF – muscle recovery and growth
MGF is released by muscle cells when they undergo strenuous exercise and need to be repaired. When MGF is given via injection; it acts specifically to cause growth of muscle tissue in response to exercise. It is a fragment of normal IGF; however, it deals less with proliferation and growth of ALL cells and is more specific to muscles.