WHAT ARE PEPTIDES?
Peptides are made from amino acids and have many functions in the body. Some act like neurotransmitters, while others act like hormones. Many control and influence how our bodies react to diet and physical exercise. As we age, production of essential amino acids and peptides decreases. As a result, our bodies begin to show signs of aging, and cease to perform at an optimal level. Because peptides have the ability to boost your body’s own natural growth hormone production, they are rapidly replacing traditional Human Growth Hormone therapy.
THE KEY BENEFITS
– Increases development of lean muscle growth through the development of new muscle cells
– Improvements in workout and recovery
– Reduced body fat through lipolysis (fat breakdown)
– Increased energy, strength, and stamina
– Increase muscle mass, definition, and endurance
– Accelerates healing from wounds or surgery
– Strengthening of the immune system
– Improved regulation of other hormones
– Improved libido
– Increased natural tanning!
– Increased natural Human Growth Hormone production
TYPES OF PEPTIDES
The Fountain of Youth . . .
Tesamorelin: Our most popular peptide, this is structurally similar to growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). This peptide is the gold standard when it comes to making meaningful changes in body composition. Even in people who typically have a difficult time improving body composition (for example, post-menopausal women), our patients have been getting dramatic benefits from Tesamorelin.
Who: For those looking for that extra edge in anti-aging remedies in addition to a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise. GHRH analogues stimulate the natural production of growth hormone; improving energy, muscle mass, decreasing signs of coronary artery disease, and improving visceral fat mass (mid abdominal fat). May also improve cognitive function.
How: This injectable peptide is used once a day (usually at night) for five days, and often prescribed on and off throughout the year to wellness patients.
When: For patients looking to achieve that next level of health and wellness.
Side Effects: mild tingling at site of injection
The Sprinkle of Youth . . .
CJC 1295/IPAMORELIN: Similar to Tesamorelin, this peptide also stimulates growth hormone release.
Who: Younger patients who aren’t yet candidates for Tesamorelin.
How: By injection only, this is used 5 times a week usually at night.
When: Most patients use this on and off throughout the year.
Side Effects: mild tingling at site of injection
The Healing Peptide . . .
THYMOSIN BETA-4: Our second most popular peptide, it’s structurally the same as a hormone released from our immune organ called the Thymus gland, to help with healing and recovery. It helps wound healing at a faster and more effective rate through stimulating a potent cascade of immune cells. This causes regeneration and protection of injured tissues.
Who: Recommended for patients who have undergone orthopedic, plastic or reconstructive surgery. Any patient with an acute injury. Also can assist athletic patients with muscle recovery.
How: This injectable peptide is used for 20 days at a time. It can also be used a at a higher dose as an IV for acute exercise recovery.
When: It’s used during an acute injury, after surgery, and throughout the year in athletes.
The "Beauty Bronzer" Peptide . . .
MELANOTAN II: Related to the hormone Melanin, which stimulates the cells in your skin to darken into a natural tan. This in turn protects your skin from UV rays.
Who: For those looking to get an even and safe glow through a naturally occurring hormone your body emits, without the damages of natural sunlight, topical tanning chemicals or a tanning bed! We still strongly recommend sunscreen, but minimal amounts of sun exposure will create a natural looking, even tan. At a much lower dose, it’s also been shown to help heal the body after a mold exposure and bring down inflammation.
How: This injectable peptide is injected daily for a short time throughout the year.
When: For best results, it’s recommended to be used 1-2 weeks prior to a vacation, or during the summer for fair skin. Darker skinned patients can also use it during the winter months with low sun exposure.
Side Effects: Increased libido, possible darkening of all the moles and freckles.
The "Viagra" peptide . . .
BREMELANOTIDE: This peptide stimulates libido. Unlike Viagra, Bremelanotide works through pathways in your brain and does not affect blood flow.
Who: People looking for a boost in libido.
How: Like all of the other injectable peptides, it is injected using a very small needle, into the skin over your stomach or hip.
When: About five hours before intimacy.
Side Effects: Bremelanotide is effective, but needs to be used only in low doses, because higher doses can cause nausea.
The Gut Health peptide . . .
BPC-157: This peptide is similar in structure to a compound found in gastric secretions that has been shown have protective qualities.
Who: In the oral form it can be used for stomach ulcers, IBS, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease and other GI tract problems. In the injectable form it’s also been shown to repair tendons and ligaments.
How: Oral capsules or an injectable form, depending on what it’s being used for.
When: For anyone with stomach issues looking for an alternative to antacids and other harsh medications. It can be used as a post-surgical healing adjuvant along with Thymosin Beta-4.
The "zen" peptide . . .
Epithalon: Designed to mimic a protein secreted from the pineal gland in the brain, this peptide helps regulate the brain and body’s response to emotional stress.
Who: Anyone feeling stressed or having difficulty with sleep, or anyone looking for a science based anti-aging treatment that is extremely cutting edge. Some studies have shown telomere lengthening, which are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes. Telomeres are being studied as a key to aging. It’s also been shown to have some antioxidant properties.
How: This peptide is administered as an IV in office.
When: During stressful times in life or moments of increased emotional pressure or distress. Twice a year for anti-aging doses.
The "Natural Ambien” Peptide. . .
DSIP: This peptide is only used together with a lower dose of Epitalon, to promote healthy sleep regulation, especially for jet-lag. It increases deep sleep delta waves in the brain, and can also be used for pain conditions, drugs and alcohol withdrawal, and stress syndromes.
Who: Anyone who travels a lot and is subject to disruption of the circadian rhythm, patients struggling with insomnia.
How: This peptide is administered as an IV in the office.
When: Before or after a flight, during times of worsening sleep disturbance.
The “Brain On” Peptide . . .
Cerebrolysin: Considered a nootropic (a compound that improves brain function).
Who: It has been used to improve cognition, especially patients at risk of Parkinson’s, dementia, and/or Alzheimer’s. Studies also used it in acute strokes or other brain health crises.
How: This peptide is injected 5 days per week x 4 weeks.
When: Safe to take on-and-off throughout the year for cognitive enhancement.
THE ANTI-STRESS SPRAY Peptide. . .
Selank: This peptide is similar to hormones in the body that can help with anxiety and depression.
Who? It has also been used for PTSD, ADHD and side effects of benzodiazepine dependence.
How: An intra-nasal spray daily.
When: During times of increased anxiety or depression.
The Appetite Buster Peptide. . .
Tesofensine: Our newest addition to the peptide family has been shown to suppress appetite and increase weight loss.
Who? Those looking to shed some extra weight in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
How: This oral peptide is taken daily as needed.
When: After periods of diet and exercise for patients looking to meet their weight loss goals.
Side Effects: Mild GI upset, mildly fast heart rate.
The "Immunity" Peptide. . .
Thymosin Alpha-1: A specific thymus hormone that is reserved for autoimmune, Lyme, and cancer patients.
Who? Patients who need an adjunct for autoimmune disease and cancer treatments, or during an acute infections (like the flu).
How: As either a self-administered injection or high dose IV to boost the immune system.
When: Flu season, during times of autoimmune flare or extended cancer treatment.