Peptides are short-chain amino acids that occur naturally in the human body. Over 7000 known peptides play crucial roles in hormonal balance, immunity, cognitive function, digestion, and numerous other body processes. The body uses some peptides to signal protein production and others to transport nutrients between different body parts. There are yet other peptides whose function is to regulate enzyme action, thereby regulating various biological processes.
Peptides comprise 50 or fewer amino acid chains. While the body produces them naturally, factors such as age, lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking, stress, and poor diet can slow down their production. In turn, this jeopardizes their function, leading to faster aging, accumulation of body fat, lack of energy, and a decrease in muscle mass.
What is peptide therapy?
Peptide therapy is a new form of regenerative medicine that is taking the wellness industry by storm. It involves the use of targeted peptides to augment, regulate and rejuvenate various body functions. Specifically, peptide therapy uses a particular peptide naturally occurring in the body to enhance its function. For instance, Sermorelin is a peptide responsible for increasing the growth hormone. Sermorelin peptide therapy, therefore, results in muscle growth and fat loss.
Currently, the FDA has approved over 60 peptides. These are useful in gut health, sexual function, brain health, immunity, skin care, hormonal balance, and many other functions. Because peptides are naturally occurring in the body, they are safe and well-tolerated. Peptides are mostly administered via subcutaneous injection, but oral and topical applications are also available.
What can Peptides do for me?
As mentioned, peptides have numerous health benefits. These include:
- Improved hormonal balance
- Enhanced sexual function and libido
- An increase in muscle mass
- Accelerated fat loss
- An increase in strength and stamina
- A strengthened immune system
- Accelerated wound healing
- Better pain relief
- A slowdown in aging symptoms
- Better sleep
What are some of the most commonly used peptides?
Some of the most commonly used peptides are:
CJC 1295 is a growth hormone-releasing peptide that is mostly used in anti-aging therapy. It is not a hormone in itself, but it triggers the secretion of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland. Although our bodies produce the growth hormone naturally, this process slows down from the age of 30. This causes us to experience weight gain, fatigue, compromised immunity, lack of energy, and other aging symptoms.
Some people may result to taking growth hormone injections which comes with fairly severe side effects. For those looking to avoid such problems, CJC 1295 is a safe alternative that will jumpstart growth hormone production safely.
CJC 1295 Benefits
As mentioned, CJC 1295 is an anti-aging peptide. It will, therefore:
- Increase growth hormone production in the body
- Boost metabolism and weight loss
- Increase energy and fight fatigue
- Accelerate wound healing by improving cell regeneration
- Increase muscle growth
CJC 1295 Side Effects
This peptide occurs naturally in the body. Because the peptide injection you will get does not contain any actual hormone, it is relatively safe. That said, everyone is unique, and some people may experience some side effects from using CJC 1295. The most common side effects are:
- Swelling or soreness at the injection site
- Flu-related symptoms
CJC 1295 Protocols, Dosages and Administration
CJC 1295 is a legal drug approved by the FDA and is only available through prescription. Once your naturopathic doctor determines that you will benefit from this peptide, he/she will give you a prescription. This peptide is administered subcutaneously (under the skin) in the stomach or abdomen. The dosage will vary with your needs, and the doctor may prescribe a daily or days on days off dose. The best time to take CJC 1295 is in the evening to allow it to mimic the body’s natural production of the growth hormone, which mainly takes place at night.
Tesamorelin is a growth hormone-releasing peptide. It works by stimulating the pituitary gland to produce the growth hormone, which has numerous benefits to the body. Initially, Tesamorelin was approved to aid people with HIV in fighting excess body fat. Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts now use it to decrease body fat and accelerate lean muscle mass growth.
- Decreases visceral body fat
- Increases metabolism
- Improves cognitive function
- Promotes muscle growth
- Increases strength and stamina
- Promotes faster muscle recovery after a workout
- Boosts endurance
Tesamorelin Side Effects
Peptides are relatively safe to use, and Tesamorelin is not any different. It is, however, important that you consult a doctor before you start taking this peptide. Some people, however, may experience some side effects that include:
- Swelling or redness at the injection site
- Muscle pain
- Night sweats
Tesamorelin Protocols, Dosages and Administration
Tesamorelin is approved by the FDA and comes in powder form that must be mixed with water before administration. Like other peptides, you need a prescription from your doctor to purchase Tesamorelin. It is administered subcutaneously under the skin in the stomach or abdomen. The best time to take this peptide is in the evening, or as advised by your doctor. Dosage may vary from person to person, but the most common dose is 2mg in a day.
BPC 157 (body-protecting compound) is a 15-chain amino acid produced by a protein in the stomach. It protects the gut from inflammation, treats conditions such as ulcers, and heals damaged organs. Although research on this peptide is ongoing, scientists believe that it promotes new blood cells, hence its healing qualities. It also contributes to collagen production, improving the healing of skin, joints, and tendons.
BPC 157 Benefits
Some of the benefits you will get from this peptide are:
- Improved wound, joint, and tendon healing
- Better joint mobility
- Improved gut health
- Better digestion
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased collagen production
- Better skin health
- Effective management of Crohn’s disease
BPC 157 Side Effects
BPC 157 is not a steroid and will not cause any adverse side effects. Like any medication, some people may experience some effects such as
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Increased hunger
BPC 157 Protocols, Dosage, and Treatments
This peptide is available in different forms, including oral tablets, sublingual applications, injections, and skin patches. Oral tablets and intramuscular injections are the most common. The injections come in powder form and require reconstitution. BPC 157 cannot be bought off the counter, and you must have a doctor’s prescription. Most physicians will recommend 200-300mcg per day, but this will vary among patients. Results will start appearing within two weeks of BPC 157 peptide therapy.
Thymosin Beta- 4
Thymosin Beta is a 43-chain amino acid peptide that promotes systematic healing throughout the body. This peptide is found in higher concentration in wounded or injured sites, accelerating healing and recovery. In particular, it boosts healing in joints, ligaments, tendons, skin, muscle, and eyes.
Being water-soluble, TB4 quickly moves around the body, which speeds up healing. For this reason, it is mostly used by athletes who are looking to recover from injuries faster. It is also useful in patients with arthritis and soft tissue damage.
- Thymosin Beta-4 Benefits
- It accelerates wound healing
- It boosts the immune system
- Enhances muscle growth and stamina
- It promotes collagen production
- It reduces the formation of scar tissue
- It acts as an anti-inflammatory
Thymosin Beta-4 Side Effects
Like other peptides discussed here, Thymosin Beta-4 is abundantly found in the body, so TB4 therapy is unlikely to cause adverse side effects. Some people, however, may experience:
- Pain, swelling, and reddening on the injection site
Thymosin Beta-4 Protocols, Dosage, and Treatments
This peptide is most commonly delivered via subcutaneous or intramuscular injection. The dosage depends on the type and severity of the injury, and treatment could last anywhere from one to three months.
You require a prescription to purchase TB4, which you can get from your physician after a thorough consultation. You can also combine it with other peptides to accelerate results and healing.
If you are looking to infuse peptide therapy into your daily routine to boost your health or achieve your fitness goals, our specialists at LIVV Natural Health are here to consult with you. We have worked with thousands of patients who have posted remarkable results. Here are some of their testimonials: