What Are Peptides?

Peptides are simply short proteins or chains of amino acids. They can be up to 2 or 3 amino acid lengths of up to 50 amino acids. They generally do not have a significant structure beyond their amino acid sequence (the primary structure).

Some Of The Most Known Healing Peptides:

Most of these healing peptides are either isolated directly from the natural system or are modified versions of naturally occurring peptides.

5-Amino-1MQ – Metabolic stimulation and diabetes fighter
5-Amino-1MQ increases the amount of GLUT-4 (a sugar transporter that helps the movement of sugar from the bloodstream into muscle cells) and helps in lowering blood sugar. This makes it useful in diabetes treatment.

AOD 9604 – Fat loss and cartilage health
AOD 9604, initially developed as an anti-obesity medication, is a fragment of the human growth hormone. Recent research studies have shown its effects in reducing joint pain and improving the structure and health of collagen.

BPC-157 – Widespread healing properties
BPC-157, is probably the most famous of the healing peptides. Isolated originally from the human stomach, helps reduce inflammation and protect the GI tract from damage. BPC-157 has also been shown to be helpful in healing muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, the eyes, the heart, and the brain.

Ipamorelin – Bone health and body composition
Ipamorelin is an analog of growth hormone that secretes hormones. It has strong anti-aging properties and is known to promote muscle growth, bone health, and proper functioning of the digestive tract. It is very specific in its activity, with few, if any, side effects in most studies. Ipamorelin helps build muscle mass while improving fat loss. It also helps regulate sleep and has been shown to improve learning and memory function in animal models.

KPV – Anti-inflammatory
KPV is the smallest derivative of the intrinsically disordered alpha-melanocyte simulation hormone. It has been shown to protect the skin from sun damage, promote energy homeostasis and reduce damage from heart attacks and strokes. KPV has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. It can promote wound healing while reducing scarring.

Larazotide – Intestinal permeability
Larazotide is a modified synthetic version of cholera toxin. Studies show that larazotide helps prevent defecation, a phenomenon thought to contribute to conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.

MOTS-C – Enhanced fat loss and anti-diabetic
MOTS-C is a natural peptide found in mitochondria. When you exercise, your body produces MOTS-C. Studies have shown that it improves glucose absorption from the blood and increases fat burning.

PEG-MGF – Muscle health
PEG-MGF is a modified version of the naturally occurring MGF released by muscle cells after strenuous exercise. When PEG-MGF is administered, muscle cells grow, and muscle tissue is repaired. It is beneficial even in severe muscle-wasting conditions.

Semax – Immune function and brain health
Semax is a derivative of the adrenocorticotropic hormone with established nootropic properties due to its ability to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. Semax effectively treats central nervous system damage caused by degenerative diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Semax is also a potent immune system regulator, altering when and where specific genes that regulate cell proliferation and antibody production are expressed.

Sermorelin – Wound healing, anti-aging, muscle growth, and recovery
Sermorelin is probably the best known of all peptides. Sermorelin is used clinically for diagnostic purposes and is known for its anti-aging, wound healing, and anti-cancer properties. It is a powerful antioxidant and a modulator of the immune system. Animal studies have shown that it has beneficial metabolic effects that improve heart function and muscle growth, and fat burning.

Thymosin Beta-4 – Anti-inflammatory and wound healing
Thymosin Beta 4 (43aa sequence, also known as TB500) is a natural anti-inflammatory agent with excellent anti-fibrotic properties. It has been shown to reduce scarring and is effective against heart, kidney, and brain infections. Thymosin beta 4 is a naturally occurring peptide present in small amounts in almost every cell in the body.

Thymosin alpha-1 – Anti-inflammatory
Thymosin alpha 1 is a thymosin molecule like TB500 and has similar anti-inflammatory properties. It is a powerful immune system modulator naturally produced by the thymus.

VIP – Antioxidant
VIP is another naturally occurring, very short peptide. It has been shown to protect cartilage, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, protect neurons from the effects of stroke and combat free radical damage. VIPs are best known for their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to reduce scarring after illness or injury. VIP is beneficial after lung disease, heart attack, stroke, and even organ transplantation.

What Are Healing Peptides?

Approximately all peptides are healing peptides because they promote optimal cell, tissue, and organ function. However, some have excellent properties that are the focus of research and medication development.

 

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