If you think of hormones as crowbars, peptides are pincers. The big one gets noticed and achieves obvious results. The smaller one is more subtle and can be used with precision.
Researchers realised peptides can be used to get great responses by altering very specific sites in the body that affect chemicals involved in growth. When we're talking growth, that can mean quite a few things. Here's what peptides are involved with:
- Gaining muscle
- Losing body fat
- Reducing inflammation
- Muscle recovery
Most definitely an appealing list of benefits when it comes to bodybuilding. But what exactly are peptides and why should you be cashing in on this 'awesome sauce'?
What are Peptides?
Peptides are made of no more than 50 amino acids and although they're made of similar ingredients, don't technically count as proteins.
The pituitary gland controls the release of a whole variety of hormones in the body. If you think of shoals of fish - the hormones would be the big ones, peptides are smaller and able to get into places where the others can't reach.
The hormones your body releases act as instructions to different parts of your body, such as your thyroid or adrenal. One of those hormones is Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Even though the pituitary produces HGH, the signal it gets to do that comes from HGH released from the hypothalamus. That's what's called a feedback loop.
HGH is interesting because it's involved in the way the body ages. Make more of it and you age slower, thanks to its effect on the way the body regulates itself, including digestion and insulin levels.
The hypothalamus regulates HGH production and will stimulate the creation of more using GHRH, or Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones
Peptides work on GHRH, allowing them to stimulate HGH production using the body's own methods. In other words, it hacks that feedback loop. Smart stuff.
What are the Benefits of Peptides?
There are psychological benefits too. Better energy levels as well as improved sleeping patterns with longer phases of deep (REM) sleep. All of that adds up to less sick days, as well, which is great whether you've got a boss or work for yourself.
Should you use Peptides?
Many people get all the peptides they need in their diet. You'll find them in dairy products and red meat in particular. For fans of gyms and bodybuilding, that's not enough, which is a personal choice. Once you're down the track of using supplements to help create the kind of physique and performance that matters to you, then using peptides just makes sense.
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