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Can Peptide Therapy Help You?
The benefits of peptides in areas like immune system function have been widely known for many years. Peptides can play a vital role when it comes to building immunity and strengthening the immune system's response.
Peptides are naturally occurring biological molecules, found in all living organisms. They play an essential role in all types of biological activity. Simply put, they’re a smaller version of protein. Peptides have different jobs within the cellular tissue, therefore we are able to pinpoint targeted uses for each type of peptide.
There are 20 naturally-occurring amino acids which we can combine into an immense variety of different molecules – a lot like alphabet letters that then combine into various words. How many of these molecules create a particular chain determine whether it’s a peptide, a polypeptide, or a protein; all of which have their identifying properties.
Peptides are molecules composed of 2-50 amino acids. Polypeptides are made of 50-100 amino acids and proteins are made of more than 100 amino acids. Peptides are signaling agents or hormones, and have very precise, specific functions.
The way we apply those functions to supplement or amplify the body’s internal processes is what makes peptide therapy such an exciting new development throughout the course of optimizing health.
Of the 7000 naturally occurring peptides, over 500 of them have therapeutic benefit. Scientists are identifying and developing more every month. Peptides have a wide range of functions, including:
- Weight loss
- Muscle building
- Immune function
- Wound healing
- Cognitive function and memory
- Gut health
- Sexual performance and libido
- Skin rejuvenation
- Hair growth
- Bone and joint health
With the current Coronavirus pandemic affecting the world, today we’ll focus on peptides that have the greatest effect on immune function.
THYMOSIN ALPHA 1
What is Thymosin Alpha 1? This particular peptide is in the Thymosin family and is an excellent immune modulator. Thymosin is a peptide, or small protein, produced naturally by the thymus gland. It is one of several polypeptide hormones secreted by the thymus that controls the maturation of T-cells, which actively participates in the immune response. The thymus is a critical part of your immune system, where individual T-cells are tailored to respond to the millions of bacteria, fungi, or viruses that could invade your body. It is most often given for chronic viral diseases, but has also been shown to increase innate immunity factors and help fight against harmful autoimmune processes. It is given to help control inflammation associated with chronic diseases, which can cause excess fatigue.
What is LL-37? LL-37 is an anti-microbial peptide. It has been shown to have antimicrobial activity against multiple Gram-positive and Gram-negative human pathogens. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have the potential to serve as an alternative to antibiotics. It's simple, AMPs kill the microbial pathogens (the bugs). AMPs can possibly regulate bacteria/virus invasion and may control infection. It has been reported that AMPs could be used to activate the innate mucosal immune response in order to get rid of the infections. (Mucosal refers to the immune response at mucosal membranes of the intestines, the urogenital tract and the respiratory system, i.e., surfaces that are in contact with the external environment). LL-37 belongs to the cathelicidin family of AMPs. It is released as a mature peptide when neutrophils (type of white blood cell) are stimulated. LL37 is expressed in various cells and tissues such as circulating neutrophils, bone marrow cells, epithelial cells of the skin, cells in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as in the epididymis and lungs. Production of LL-37 in macrophages is stimulated by vitamin D released by sunlight through the skin. LL-37 plays an important role in the first line of defense against infection and systemic invasion of pathogens at sites of inflammation and wounds. It is toxic to both bacterial and normal cells and is very resistant to proteolytic degradation. LL-37
What is Selank Nasal Spray? According to one preliminary clinical trial on 62 people, those given Selank reported fewer anxiety symptoms, with a greater decrease being observed in those suffering from pre-existing anxiety disorders. In another trial, similar benefits were reported in 60 patients suffering from anxiety and phobias, with these effects lasting up to a week after the final dose. Selank reportedly increased IL-6 in blood cells collected from patients suffering from depression. IL-6 is an inflammatory protein that is believed to help fight off infections. Additionally, according to one cell-based study, Selank was reported to stimulate the release of interferons, which are anti-viral molecules. Selank has also been proposed to potentially protect cells against some viral infections.
How to Start Peptides
You may be wondering if you can just purchase peptides from a store or the internet.
You can, but it’s really important to remember that there can be some questionable manufacturers that make it tough to sort out which are good and which are not.
The purity of products is a critical aspect to peptide therapy – and that means that without knowing for sure, you could run the risk of sub-par or ineffective compounds.
Quality control can be an issue for the every day buyer, therefore you could potentially purchase contaminated or dangerous compounds manufacturers have created without regulation.
In the United States, only a few compound pharmacies actually create these peptide supplements due to state restrictions. The FDA does not currently regulate supplements in the same way as with traditional medications, so it’s important that you apply awareness to that and exercise caution by running it past your doctor in advance.
My recommendation is to find a doctor who prescribes peptide therapy and can create a well-balanced treatment plan for you. Remember, peptides are not a fix-all. They don’t replace good nutrition, sleep, stress management, fitness, etc.. In a sense, peptides are the icing on the cake.
If you’re interested in radically upgrading your health, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the power of peptides and consider adding these therapies to your immune boosting regimen. After all, when it comes to living a better life for a longer span of time, we’re looking at brand new ways to do just that – and the sky’s the limit.
Dr. Tracy Gapin is currently accepting new clients for peptide therapy to boost immunity and improve other aspects of men's health. Schedule your consultation right now by calling 941-431-2540 or clicking the link.