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.
The word “peptide” might be synonymous with doping in professional sport, but many everyday athletes are turning to them thanks to their fat-burning, muscle-building and performance enhancing promises.
Peptides are now becoming more popular for their Antiaging abilities and keeping the body young to helping with the mind too.
Peptides are known as “small proteins”, peptides can be taken in pill or powder form, or (more controversially) injected. They’re said to increase the production of human growth hormone to increase lean muscle, improve post-workout recovery and reduce people’s body fat percentage.
What Are Peptides?
As a general guideline, a peptide will contain 50 or fewer amino acids
Peptides are known as ‘little proteins’, because they are compounds where two or more amino acids, which are the basic building blocks for tissues, organs, muscles, skin and hair, have joined together. As a general guideline, a peptide will contain 50 or fewer amino acids, though this is not a strict definition. Larger chains of 50 or more amino acids are proteins.
There are 20 naturally-occurring amino acids, though only 10 are produced by the body, the other 10 must be supplied via the food we eat or through supplementation. Just like letters create a range of words, amino acids can be combined to create a range of different of peptides and proteins.
In the human body, peptides are found in virtually every cell of the body and perform a wide range of essential functions. Maintenance of appropriate concentration and activity levels of peptides is necessary to achieve homeostasis and maintain health.
As your body ages, and as it experiences different levels of stress, amino acids and peptide production can drop. This is one reason why the body starts to become weaker as we get older, why we gain fat instead of muscle, and why our skin starts to sag.
Synthetic peptides have been designed to stimulate specific receptors for growth hormone so that you can tailor your results and continue to get results as you age.
￼To begin with, we need to understand how our bodies function. At the base of our brain rests a small gland called the Pituitary Gland. Despite the fact that the Pituitary Gland is small, it is the control unit to other hormonal glands, for example, Adrenals and Thyroid, which are vital to a vast part of controlling your body and general well being.
In order to keep a sustainable balance in your body, the Pituitary Gland sends signals (hormones) into the circulatory system to the other organs and glands in your body to control or create their own hormones as needed.
What Do Peptides Do?
Peptides play a variety of roles throughout the body.
Some peptides act like neurotransmitters and have more of a nootropic affect. While others will change the way your body reacts to diet and physical exercise. We are looking at the peptides that contribute to your body’s natural production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
HGH is naturally produced in the body and affects nearly every part of the body from muscles, to bone, nervous system, skin and even hair. It is often considered the ‘Fountain of Youth’ hormone because when we reach our 30’s our natural HGH production starts to declines.
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