Peptide Therapy

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For those who may not be familiar with peptides, they are found in every cell and tissue in the human body and play a key role in skin health, muscle health, weight management, and much more. In essence, peptides are essential when it comes to achieving homeostasis and overall good health.

Of course, we can only reap the benefits of peptides when we have a healthy and adequate supply of them in our body. Fortunately, peptides are found in many of the products we already use like skin creams and many of the foods we consume like almonds, eggs, fish, and meat. Peptides are also commonly used in dietary supplements like BCAAs and whey protein.

Peptides perform a role very similar to that of hormones in that they function as messengers, carrying information from one tissue to another. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at peptide-based therapy and how it can be used to lose weight, treat hair loss, resolve pain, and even combat cancer.

What is Peptide Therapy?

Peptide therapy is generally aimed at those with low peptide levels that cannot be restored by consuming whole foods that contain them or by taking supplements. In short, peptide therapy is the deliberate and targeted use of peptides as a means of triggering a specific reaction in the human body.

The approach to peptide therapy can vary depending on the needs of the patient. Some peptides, for example, are used to help reduce pain and inflammation while others might be used to break down visceral fat for those who are overweight. Also, growth hormone-releasing peptides can be used to help patients build long, lean muscles.

They can also be administered via injection, creams, or taken orally to reverse signs of premature aging. All in all, peptide therapy can be used to treat a myriad of health problems. And regardless of the methodology or the condition that precipitates the need for them, peptides function as short linear chains of amino acids that help facilitate the signaling of molecules for biological pathways.

Benefits of Peptide Therapy

Using Peptide Therapy for Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, growth hormone releasing peptides like Ipamorelin, for example, can help you in your journey. Usually taken for 3 to 6 months, Ipamorelin is a form of peptide therapy for weight loss that is administered either as an injection or rapid dissolve tablet and works by increasing fat metabolism.

It can also boost weight loss potential for those who are already physically active by further enhancing the body’s ability to burn fat. It is also important to note that growth hormone releasing peptides have been shown to increase strength, reduce recovery time, and speed up healing if you are injured, which can be highly beneficial for those who enjoy strength training.

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How Peptide Therapy Can Help With Hair Loss

Peptide therapy for hair loss may also be an effective way to combat hair loss as well as decreased stamina by targeting cells that are damaged but still metabolically active, according to a study published by Science Alert, an online resource covering scientific research and developments.

It is important to note, however, that research is still ongoing and more testing will be needed to confirm safety and efficacy. The study, which was conducted on mice at the Scripps Research Institute in 2015, involved the use of a new type of peptide therapy that targets senescent cells, the cells that become damaged and contribute to hair loss, inflammation, and loss of stamina.

Researchers concluded that the new peptide was effective in reversing all of these symptoms and are hopeful that similar results can be achieved once human trials begin.

Peptide Therapy Can Be Used To Manage Pain

When it comes to pain management, there is a growing interest in non-opioid treatments for chronic pain. As such, there have been some significant breakthroughs when it comes to peptide-based therapy.

Nociceptin, for example, contains 17 amino acids that are designed to work as an agonist of the ORL1 (Opioid Receptor-Like 1) receptor in the nervous system, which, in turn, helps block pain sensations that would otherwise travel to the brain. Additional peptides that are effective in resolving pain include tachykinins, Neurokinin, and Substance P.

Unlike opioid pain relievers, peptide therapy for pain does not pose a significant risk for addiction and can be just as effective when it comes to pain management.

How Peptide Therapy Can Help for Sexual Issues

Peptide therapy treatments can also be helpful for improving sexual drive and other sexual issues such as low libido, erectile difficulty. These issues can come about due to hormonal body changes due to the normal aging process or due to injuries or illnesses affecting the nervous system. Sexotropin is a useful medication used to increase libido and it was created using peptide hormones. It has primarily been used for women who suffer from female sexual dysfunction, but it has also been shown to be effective helping men with erections and sexual issues. 

medications such as Viagra were created to target the vascular system to increase blood flow to the male organ, while Sexotropin will target the nervous system to directly stimulate the sex drive. Studies show that over 50 million men and women suffer from various sexual disorders, and the Sexotropin peptide therapy can be a useful solution if other methods such as Viagra and Cialis are not effective.

Bremelanotide is another peptide therapy that has proven as effective in increasing libido and sex drive in both men and women. 

Peptide use for sexual issues usually involves self-administered injections of the medication, which patients are usually able to do safely at home.

How Peptide Therapy Can Help Treat Cancer

When it comes to treating cancer, peptide-based therapy should not be overlooked as these treatments can be used in multiple ways. For example, BC71, a cyclic peptide developed by researchers and biologists at the National University of Singapore, has proven to be effective in suppressing tumor growth when administered intravenously.

According to study data, BC71 peptides work by attaching to the GRP78 proteins that exist on the surface of cancer cells and destroying them. Because cancer cells have an abundance of GRP78 proteins that BC71 peptides can easily attach themselves to, this particular form of peptide therapy for cancer is gaining a considerable amount to attention.

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Peptide Therapy Possible Side Effects

Despite their many health benefits, there are some side effects associated with peptides worth noting, including:

  • Possible high blood pressure
  • Kidney pain
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Fertility problems
  • Paresthesia (tingling, pricking, chilling, burning, or numb sensation on the skin)
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fluid retention
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)

Peptide Therapy Side Effects

It is also important to note that peptide therapy side effects can vary in intensity depending on the type of peptides being used, how they are administered, and the health condition they were prescribed to treat. All in all, peptide-based therapy is proving to be an effective alternative to traditional medicine in the treatment of a host of health problems.

That said, peptides should always be taken as prescribed by a physician. Lastly, those who are taking peptides should advise their physician of any significant changes to their health while taking them.

If you would like to learn more about how peptide therapy can help you live a better life, you can contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our experts.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10373343

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-reversed-hair-loss-and-other-signs-of-ageing-in-mice

https://www.scripps.edu/news/press/2015/20151207lerner-mcdonald.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/nociceptin

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6085501/