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Peptides Revisited

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By Paul H. Kim, MD, Medical Institute of Healthy Aging

As mentioned in a previous article, peptides are chains of amino acids. Amino acids are the building block of proteins, which are one of the main classes of nutrients we ingest, and also form the foundation of many of our body parts. The difference is that proteins are comprised of thousands of amino acids, whereas peptides are composed of tens to hundreds of amino acids. The main function of the peptides seems to be as signaling molecules, meaning they represent a class of hormones. There are estimated to be over 250,000 peptides active in our body.

The peptides that were included in the previous article include:

Ipamorelin – a peptide that helps with Human Growth Hormone modulation and may have other cytoprotective effects. It may actually be safer and have more effects that Human Growth Hormone therapy itself. It actually works through a different receptor than Growth Hormone Release Hormone that is related to Ghrelin.

BPC 157 -- a peptide found in the gastric juices of humans. It has shown positive effects on both soft tissue such as tendons and also with gastric ulcers and may have a benefit in inflammatory bowel disorders, like Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

Thymosan Alpha -1 – a peptide found to be very important in regulating inflammatory and immune responses.

These are among the peptides that can be compounded presently and used to help patients with various ailments.

To these peptides, the following other peptides are noted:

CJC 1295 – a Growth Hormone Receptor agonist that is often used in combination with Ipamorelin to create a powerful product that stimulates natural Human Growth Hormone release and has other pleiotropic effects such as improved sleep

Epithalon – a unique peptide studied in Russia that is related to the Pineal Gland. It is known for its possible longevity effects which may be mediated through its effects on telomerase enzyme to increase the length of telomeres up to 33 percent.

Thymosan Beta 4 – another thymus related peptide that helps modulate immune issues and has the added benefit of improving hair growth.

Please come to Medical Institute of Healthy Aging to consult and explore these therapies for improved health.

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