What are peptides?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that improve cell signaling in the body (basically small proteins). There are currently dozens of peptides approved for use in the U.S., Japan and Europe. In fact, insulin was the first peptide approved in the US.
What can peptides do for me?
Peptides have dozens of uses from cancer therapies, anemia, autoimmune disorders, diabetes and many other diseases.
We most commonly use peptides to:
- Slow aging – by improving skin texture and firmness and improving the appearance of muscles, peptides can possibly slow the appearance and effects of aging
- build muscle
- reduce fat
- increase energy
- improve sleep
- speed healing and recovery from injury or surgery
- reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestines
- enhance recovery from exercise
- improve sexual function
- strengthen bones
Can peptides increase Human Growth Hormone?
Yes, they can! We commonly use Sermorelin, Ipamorelin, & CJC-1295 to stimulate the production and release of HGH. These peptides all function to boost growth hormone production in your body. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) peaks at about age 20 and steadily declines as we age. Some people even use HGH as a powerful anti-aging tool. Unfortunately, HGH is extremely expensive and has significant risks with long-term use. As an alternative, we prefer peptide therapy to increase your own production and release of Human Growth Hormone. This is a less expensive and much safer option.
How will I know it’s working? How long does it take to work?
Typically, within a few weeks, you should see improved sleep and energy. Full effects such as decreased fat and improved muscle mass can take 3-6 months.
Do I need to take them forever?
Dr. Gentry typically recommends a minimum of 90-120 days to see full benefits, but peptides can safely be stopped at any time.
How do I get started?
The starting place for any hormonal optimization or peptide program is a thorough evaluation including seeing a physician and blood draw to see if you are a candidate for therapy.
Is it safe?
Unlike illegal human growth hormone, our peptides are manufactured in the U.S., in FDA approved pharmacies. Be certain that your doctor thinks you are a good candidate for peptide treatment.
Peptide Therapy vs. Human Growth Hormone Therapy
So, if all of these medical issues are the result of Human Growth Hormone, why take Sermorelin instead of HGH? One advantage of peptides is that, unlike HGH, it does not suppress your own HGH production. This also greatly reduces the risk of overdose and side effects such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and other complications that can occur with HGH therapy (also it is often illegal to use HGH).
BPC or “Body Protective Compound” has been shown to improve healing of ulcers and reduce inflammation of stomach and intestines. BPC has also been used to speed healing and recovery of muscles, bone, tendons, ligaments and more.
PT-141 (aka Bremelanotide)
PT-1242 is a peptide that is used to enhance sexual function of men and women. This peptide stimulates regions of the brain to increase sexual arousal in men and women and can improve erectile function in men.
Gonadorelin is a peptide that is used to increase your production of Luteinizing Hormone (LH). In men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone. This peptide is used to boost testosterone in men who are not yet candidates for testosterone replacement therapy and to help maintain your own production of testosterone while on testosterone replacement therapy.
AOD 9604 is a small portion of Human Growth Hormone that stimulates the breakdown of fat without the negative effects of taking HGH.
Who should not take peptides?
Those who have active cancer and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take peptides as they have not been studied for safety in these populations.
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