Some Peptides Benefits and Side Effects You Should Know About
- Collagen Peptides for Aging and Beauty
The body produces collagen which keeps our skin, bones, nails, hair, and connective tissues healthy. As we grow older, however, the rate of collagen production slows down resulting in aging and weakening of the joints.
The body requires three amino acids—proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine—to produce collagen, and they’re pretty hard to get from diet. Unless you’re up to the challenge of eating tons of chicken skin or connective tissue, you simply won’t get enough collagen.
Enter collagen supplements—they bring your body the raw materials needed to make its own collagen. As a result, your skin may look smoother and younger, and your joints more flexible as you age.
The best collagen supplements are those hydrolyzed since the body struggles to absorb whole collagen proteins. This means collagen is broken down into collagen peptides for easier absorption.
When buying collagen supplements, look for collagen peptides from grass-fed cows raised organically without hormones and antibiotics.
- CreatinePeptides for Strength and Muscle Growth
Creatine is a popular fitness supplement that helps with muscle growth and strength improvement.
When lifting weights or running, our strength and endurance eventually drop off a level making the next sets of exercise harder. This is the point where our muscles max out their stored energy (ATP) or the anaerobic threshold.
Creatine can increase the ATP reserve in your muscles and replenish it while you rest. The results include improved strength, endurance, and performance allowing you to finish a few more reps when weight training or last longer in your cardio routine.
Additionally, creatine can also help with muscle building since it can increase protein synthesis and act as a nootropic, improving memory and decreasing mental fatigue.
To enjoy such benefits, you need to first undergo a loading phase where you consume higher amounts of creatine for a week then drop to a maintenance dose. During this loading week, as your body is still adjusting, it’s common to experience short-term side effects like dehydration, nausea, stomachaches, and headaches.
Taking creatine peptides instead can help shorten this loading phase (hence the duration of the annoying side effects, too) because they’re more bioavailable. With creatine peptides, you can cut the loading phase to as short as two to three days.
- BPC-157 for Fast Recovery
BPC or Body Protecting Compound 157 is also referred to as the Wolverine supplement. Animal research and anecdotal reports on this peptide show its potential capability to heal soft tissue injuries.
Follistatin for Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
Follistatin is a peptide that naturally mimics what these cows have. It also suppresses myostatin which may lead to impressive muscle gains.
The body produces its own follistatin, but as a supplement, it is fairly new. A study showed that healthy subjects taking follistatin for eight weeks on top of a resistance training program experience tripled muscle growth.
like BPC-157, this peptide is still experimental. While there’s yet to be an official dose, the usual range is at 100 to 300 micrograms, injected into the area you want to grow and lose fat.
- Milk Peptides for Blood Pressure
Casein is the main protein in milk that solidifies when it curdles. Our bodies break it down into casein peptides after drinking milk.
Laboratories also create this kind of peptides and market them as dietary supplements for various conditions like hypertension.
How Do You Take Peptides?
Most peptides are injected into the body, but experts are now working on other means of taking peptides into the body. Some of the methods include the use of topical creams and patches.
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