Peptides are currently the new rock and roll as far as the bodybuilding world is concerned, but why the sudden interest and what do they do?

Good questions... here's what we know...

Peptides although currently at the peak of their popularity have been around for ages. The reason they have sprung to prominence is probably down to the fact that anabolic steroids have fallen from grace a little recently and peptides have flooded in to fill the gap.

Are Peptides the same as Steroids?

Well, not quite. They are related and often have incredibly similar effects but as a rule, they have fewer of the downsides associated with steroids.

How do Peptides Work?

Peptides are in their basic make-up little chains of mini acids or if you prefer microproteins. They have different properties and are designed and developed to trigger a certain effect. Some peptides, for example, help the skin produce darker tones while others increase nitrogen levels.

It is these mini commands that make them so efficient and effective for specific bodily functions and since the art of bodybuilding is anchored to improving specific bodily functions, it's easy to see why they have caught on.

Are Peptides Safe?

That's a big question the easy answer is yes, but some peptides are safer than others. Like all chemical compounds and drugs how safe they are will depend on why they are taken, what they consist of and how they administered.

So, if you are taking a prescribed peptide to control a thyroid condition and it's a drug that's been thoroughly tested and you've been given medical advice on how to take it then it's likely to be a whole truck-load safer than something you've picked up in a dirty vial from a friend of a friend in your local gym.

Are Peptides Legal?

Most peptides are legal on prescription and there are also a number of grey areas where the rules can be bent or broken. There aren't many which are outright illegal, however, that doesn't mean there aren't some which are banned in competitive sports and events, because there are a number of those.

As a rule, always do your research. It doesn't matter if they sell them behind the counter at the gym, that particular peptide could see you banned from competitive events... so always check, double check and then check again.

How do I take Peptides?

Most peptides are taken as a SUBQ (subcutaneous) or intramuscular injection - see our injection guide on how to do those.

Although some can be taken intravenously we'd only recommend this option for experienced users or administration by a medical professional. There are also some peptides which can be taken orally and there are also a few available in nasal sprays and the like.

Do I need to Cycle Peptides?

The only peptide that needs to be cycled is Mod GRF 1-29 (also known as CJC1295 with DAC). Other peptides do not need to be cycled and can be used safely long-term.