There has been a great deal of discussion in the media around the use of peptides and how they can benefit you. In my clinic and practice I am continually asked whether they’re legal (they are), whether they are as good as people say (I think so) and whether they can be of benefit to your regime (yes).
Most people think that peptides are just the newest fad in the ever-growing market of quick-fix magic potions, in actual fact though they’ve been around for decades, they’ve been used by the best sports-people for years and there is a very good reason why both WADA and ASADA regulate their use as performance enhancers. Professional athletes can’t use these substances as part of their code of conduct. But why can’t you, as an up-to-date over 18 year-old, use a substance that is going to give you in many cases more energy, increased metabolism, decreased fat, better skin and hair so that you can reach your goals faster? The important question you should ask yourself before using any substance is what would you like to achieve and why.
What are peptides?
Put simply, they are small proteins made up of fewer than 50 amino acids. In the world of health and fitness they are used and recommended for increased energy, burning fat, building muscle and improving athletic ability. If you think of a hormone as a tree, made-up of many protein branches and even more peptide twigs it’s easy to see how a hormone can have many side-effects if used wrongly. Peptides on the other hand are much smaller and have been designed to stimulate specific receptors for growth hormone so you can tailor your results. Essentially, they can be used for muscle gain or weight loss and a range of other things. One novel peptide being researched at the moment is BP157. This peptide, apart from the positive effects on various gastrointestinal ulcers, also has beneficial effects on the pancreas, liver injuries, endothelium and heart damage, i.e. dysrhythmias following reoxygenation, and blood pressure, along with effect on experimental acute/chronic inflammation, wound and fracture (pseudoarthrosis) healing are described.
One way in which peptides can help us is that when we eat carbohydrates or sugars our blood sugar levels increase. The pancreas senses this and is stimulated by the rise in blood sugar to release insulin. This insulin then triggers the body to transport the digested sugar into cells from our bloodstream. The bane for many of us with less than an ideal metabolism, is that this sugar is then converted into fat and transported to problem areas such as the stomach, love handles and our butt for storage. Normally our body prefers to use fat for fuel, but with so many of us having a high sugar and carbohydrate intake it becomes very easy for our bodies to simply use this sugar for fuel and keep turning the excess into fat and storing it. This makes it very hard to burn that bootie.
Different peptides work on different areas of the body with some stimulating the pituitary gland to naturally release more hormones, including human Growth Hormone (hGH), to make more of the same. hGH and the peptides that stimulate it help to stop our bodies using the readily available sugar floating around and instead make our bodies burn more stored fat while at the same time limiting more fat being made. The results of this can be great, especially when coupled with good dietary habits and exercise. You will have more energy (gained from using the fat) and also see the results of normal daily activities burning even more off your problem areas.
Compared to steroids and testosterone, with their large potential for fast benefits and potential side effects, these are not magic potions that will turn you into a ripped mega-buff guy overnight. Peptides are more of a medium burn for those of us that know that the body we want is one of lifestyle enhancement and that the hours at the gym are necessary.
Most people, when asked what they think a peptide is, simply don’t care. They’re results-driven, and it doesn’t matter to them that their method might be madness. Like most things in life, in order to be able to achieve what you want, you must be able to articulate it. Simply saying you want to look better is not going to cut it and can have serious harmful consequences if you take a bit of everything without a plan. Peptides are Australian Schedule 4 medications and as such they are doctor prescribed and tightly regulated. Whenever you go to organize and order peptides make sure you speak to a doctor or medical team that can individualise your treatment pack.
Peptides are a great addition to any training regime and the results I have experienced over the past several months whilst trialing Thymosin, CJC1295, Ipamorelin and SARMs (not always as the same time) have been incredible. There is no doubt that if you are wanting more energy, better sleep, increased metabolism, decreased fat, better skin and hair and much more peptides can help you. Always remember to purchase from respected suppliers who use credible accredited doctors and pharmacies so that you can be assured of optimum results.