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Benefits of Peptides
Peptides are short stretches of amino acids popularly consumed for the growth and development of muscles. Professional bodybuilders and athletes often use them to achieve their physical goals rapidly. Interestingly, these products have various other benefits ranging from skincare to anti-aging.
Go Back in Time with the Fountain of Youth
Many peptides improve the rejuvenation of cells and delay the onset of aging. Peptides include growth factors, antibodies, vitamins, SOD, cytokines, amino acids, and minerals. These molecules help increase collagen production, decrease UV damage, and enhance skin regeneration in a collective manner. Peptides can be either sourced from plants or animals. They increase blood flow into cells and tissues, make the skin more elastic, and reduce the onset of wrinkles. Hence the anti-aging peptides are often called a fountain of youth. The most common anti-aging molecules include palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, acetyl hexapeptide-3, palmitoyl oligopeptide, and copper gluconate and are active ingredients in different skincare products.
Increase Pigment in Eyes, Skin, and Hair
Peptides help to enhance melanin production in skin, hair, and eyes. Melanotan-2 is similar to the melanocyte-stimulating hormone produced in our body. MT-2 enhances melanin formation, just like the hormone without the requirement of suntan or UV exposure. The pigment protects the skin, enhancing its texture as well as maintaining the health and appearance of hair, thereby enhancing the appearance of a person.
Delivers Relief from Pain
These peptides often are beneficial for inflammation and nerve pain. They boost the general immunity of the body and help to combat pain and inflammatory side effects. Prednisone, methotrexate, CBD3, and leflunomide are some of the reputed peptides used to treat acute pain and injury.
Increased Production of Human Growth Hormone
Certain peptides act as Human Growth Hormone (HGH) secretagogues. HGH improves metabolism, promotes collagen growth, and stimulates general growth of the body as well as muscle development. Other diverse impacts of HGH include enhanced bone development and repair, improved cardiac condition, and treatment of erectile dysfunction. GHRP-6, GHRP-2, and Ipamorelin are some well-known peptides that promote GH production in the body.
Contribute to Weight Loss
Peptides promote weight loss through an increase in HGH. HGH triggers lipolysis or metabolism of stored fat, leading to weight reduction. As per studies, patients who consume lipids lose weight and develop a lean muscle mass, thereby looking fit. Peptides like Fragment 176-191, CJC 1295 no DAC, GHRP-2, GHRP-6, and Ipamorelin are being analyzed for their role in the regulation of metabolism.
More Restful Nights
Elevated HGH (caused due to peptide administration) often improves sleep patterns. The body produces HGH a few hours after we fall asleep. Hence, insufficient sleep due to long working hours or insomnia affects HGH levels, thus leading to various physiological side effects. Peptides like DSIP, Epitalon, and Selank thereby help to improve sleep through the production of HGH.
Be a Happier You
Studies have shown that HGH production leads to an improvement in mood. Certain peptides act as mood elevators through the improved synthesis of HGH. Thus, they help alleviate conditions such as chronic anxiety, stress, and depression and help to control mood swings. Research works have highlighted the improvement of cognitive function along with mental health. Selank is a popular peptide used for improving both mental and emotional health.
Treat your Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can adversely affect every part of a man’s life, such as mental health, mood, and confidence. Ipamorelin and Melanotan can be used to improve erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues in men. The peptide has shown positive results as opposed to the use of chemical drugs, which adversely affect cardiac functions upon long-term use. PT-141 is another such molecule that is studied for improving libido in both women and men. It has been observed to improve sexual desires and sex drive in both genders.
Many Benefits of Peptides
People are often unaware of the diverse benefits peptides can offer to us. Peptides, a short stretch of amino acids and often structural analogs of biological proteins and hormones, can be easily absorbed by the body. Hence our immune system does not trigger a response towards them. They mediate the beneficial effects of biological hormones but do not show any adverse effects. Apart from stimulating the release of HGH, they can improve overall metabolism and physiological functioning. Peptides help to reduce fat, promote muscle growth, and the development of lean muscle mass. Mood elevation, cardiac well-being, and sexual health are also some of the diverse effects of peptides. Hence they are often used by athletes and bodybuilders for a better fitness regimen.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned are not for human or animal consumption. All the information shared in this article is for educational purposes only.
Dr. Usman (BSc, MBBS, MaRCP) completed his studies in medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is an avid researcher with more than 30 publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Usman has worked as a researcher and a medical consultant for reputable pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi.