In layman’s terms peptides are just small proteins. They are chemical compounds of amino acids where water molecules have been eliminated allowing peptide bonds to form. Peptides have many roles in the human body, acting as neurotransmitters or enabling the creation of hormones necessary to the body’s primary mechanisms. Because peptides are necessary for the body to produce HGH (human growth hormones) their use is associated with anti-aging products, muscle building products, and organ stimulation. Amino acids have always been used as supplements in these same areas, so peptide use should not be considered some new phenomenon. Creatine and glutamine are two peptide supplements that people use regularly to stimulate muscle creation and to help the body understand that it needs to eliminate stored fats. Newer peptides such as Ipamorelin are synthesized peptide chains whose use is usually confined to the upper echelon of athletes that look for ways to stimulate muscle growth, but will most-likely end up in the consumer markets as more people see their benefits.
Currently, the use of peptides is regulated in Australia and distributed by physicians, although supplements used to encourage production of peptides are sold over the counter. Part of the controversy stimulated by media is based on a lack of understanding about peptides. They are unfairly compared to steroids due to the annabolic factor. Steroids travel to the cell nucleus to create a major effect. Testosterone is an example of a “steroid” that has an immediate cellular impact.
Peptides work on the cell’s receptors to induce an effect similar to cascading. Insulin is a type of peptide with a slow but potent effect on the body. Because of the powerful impact of a steroid these substances are controlled and used to support healing in injuries or specific body inflammation. Peptides are far more gentle on the body and encourage production of positive and necessary hormones.
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