What Is Peptide Therapy?

Before getting into what peptide therapy is, let’s first define what peptides are: peptides are natural signaling molecules in the human body that have varied functions and decrease as we age. The FDA defines a peptide as a molecule made from 50 or less amino acids that have a specific function in the body.

To date, over 7,000 naturally occurring peptides have been identified. Insulin, a commonly used substance, is actually 2 peptide chains that are linked together. Because peptides naturally exist in the body, they are typically well-tolerated and very safe when given with peptide therapy.

Peptide therapy incorporates specifically designed molecules that can be used to support muscle function, help with weight loss, balance hormones, heal from injuries, boost immunity, and assist with many other functions. Peptides communicate with different parts of the body, potentially enhancing the function of the entire body by binding to receptors on the cell surface and signaling optimal messages for health improvement.

Peptide Therapy

Who Can Benefit from Peptide Therapy?

Peptide therapy helps with a diverse range of conditions. Just a few examples include:

  • Anti-aging

  • Weight management

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Balancing hormones

  • Tissue repair, including joints, tendons and ligaments, and bone

  • Enhancing growth hormone production

  • Muscle building/definition

  • Cellular energy production

  • Protect cells/decrease oxidative stress

  • Depression/anxiety

  • Hair growth

  • Inflammatory diseases

  • Infections

  • Insomnia and stress disorders

  • Improving sexual disorders and erectile dysfunction

  • Osteoporosis

  • Alzheimer’s Disease/improve cognition

  • Skincare

Peptides Commonly Used in Peptide Therapy

This is a very small sampling of some of the therapies that are available and used:

Peptide formulated from thymus gland to help modulate the immune system and boost its function to combat infections.

Some signs of low thymosin alpha 1 levels include: fatigue, chronic infections, persistent illness and slow healing.

Benefits for thymosin alpha 1 therapy include: combatting infections (viral or bacterial), boosting immune cell activity, improving tissue repair and healing, and reducing inflammation.

BPC (Body Protective Compound) is a potent anti-inflammatory and repair peptide which can be used to help with muscle and tendon injury, healing infections/wounds, and improving digestive function by protecting and healing inflamed intestinal epithelium (leaky gut).

Specific target conditions of BCP 157 include muscle injury, allergies, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, diabetes, IBD (ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s), IBS.

These are all peptide hormones that mimic the abilities and effects of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH), responsible for stimulating the release of human growth hormone (HGH).

The peptides do not produce a spike in HGH levels, but rather enhance the overall daily production.

Benefits include:

  • Anti-aging effects

  • Improved exercise performance
  • Reduction in fat and faster weight loss

  • Improved metabolism

  • Higher libido levels

  • Increased muscle mass and strength

  • Improved joint and connective tissue health

  • Healthy skin, nails, and hair growth

This peptide was originally designed as a sunless tanning agent because it is a melanocyte stimulating hormone, but it actually is more beneficial for enhancing libido and sexual arousal in both women and men.

Benefits include:

  • Increased libido in women and men

  • Improved erections

  • Improved sexual desire and gratification

Sarcotropin® IPA is a medical food that is indicated for management of age-related changes in body composition especially the loss of muscle mass AKA sarcopenia.

Factors that contribute to altered body composition during aging include the following:

  1. Functional decline of neuroendocrine activity
  2. Decreased growth hormone production and sex hormones
  3. Diminished dietary intake of amino acids, protein, and vitamins

Sarcotropin® IPA was specifically formulated to oppose these deficiencies by combining 2 peptides into one product–8mg of Pralmorelin (GHRP2) and 2mg of Ipamorelin (GHRP).

Benefits include:

In a 90-day Phase III clinical trial showed that not only was sarcotropin safe, but treatment also showed the following:

  • Loss in total body fat-especially visceral fat

  • Gain in lean muscle mass

  • Increased serum IGF-1-which means improved growth hormone levels

There are also benefits to sleep quality, digestion, and energy

To find out more about this cutting edge therapy, and to see if it’s right for you, please contact us.

What is a Medical Food?

It is a food specifically formulated for oral administration to individuals who are under the supervision of a physician for the specific dietary and nutritional management of a disease or condition based on recognized scientific principles. They are foods that are specially formulated and processed rather than being naturally occurring and intended to provide unique or distinctive medical therapy that complements good diet, exercise and lifestyle. Sarcopenia or loss of muscle associated with aging is one example of a condition for which a medical food may be effective and safe therapy. As defined by Congress in the Orphan Drug Act and Amendments of 1988, a medical food is to be used only in patients receiving active and ongoing medical supervision including instructions on its use as it may change over time.