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Peptides are small chains of amino acids that are produced naturally by our bodies. They are used to communicate information between cells. Peptide therapy is a treatment approach in which peptides are administered through injections to help treat dental problems.
A peptide is a molecule consisting of two or more linked amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, where proteins are found throughout the body. Peptides are also found in bacteria, plants, fungi, viruses, and other organisms.
Peptides have numerous therapeutic uses, including treatments for cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal illnesses, and more. In addition, peptides are used in anti-aging skin care products to prevent and reverse skin damage. They are used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as increase hydration and improve elasticity. They are also used in hair treatments to increase shine and boost volume.
Peptides also play an important role in the endocrine system, immune modulation, mood support, and brain function. Peptides stimulate the production of growth hormones to address issues such as decreased energy and accelerated aging. They also help modulate the immune system to treat autoimmune disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and others. They can also be used to enhance libido and treat erectile dysfunction. Peptides are used in brain supplement formulas to boost cognitive function and memory retention. Peptides for stress reduction are also used to decrease anxiety and elevate mental clarity. Peptides are often used to treat digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, and more. Peptides can be ingested or applied topically in the form of creams. Peptides are safe and well tolerated by the body. Most side effects are mild and include headaches, nausea, and fatigue. More serious reactions can occur if taken with medications that are processed by the liver, such as birth control drugs, beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, antibiotics, blood thinners, chemotherapy drugs, and antifungals.
Some of the most common peptides used today include interferons, interleukins, and growth factors.
Human growth hormone is a well-known peptide that is responsible for a number of functions in the human body, including regulation of metabolism, respiration, growth, cardiac function, and bone maintenance. It is also an anabolic agent that promotes the growth of lean muscle mass in the body. They have also been used in the treatment of anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments through stimulation of collagen production and cell regeneration in the skin.
Peptides play a large role in immune modulation. They control the proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, migration, and production of antibodies by the T and B lymphocytes. They also regulate the CD4+ and CD8+ cells of the immune response, and they regulate inflammation. The peptide chain is the carrier of antigenic determinants (epitopes) that the body recognizes as being foreign or harmful. These epitopes stimulate the immune system to respond with regulatory T cells and natural killer cells that downregulate the immune response to prevent autoimmunity. Antigen-presenting cells also use these epitopes to stimulate the creation of B cells that produce specialized antibody molecules called immunoglobulins.
Many types of hair loss can be caused by an imbalance in the autoimmune system. One potential way to combat this is to use peptides that are similar to the proteins that stimulate the follicles to grow. Peptides also play a role in the promotion of the growth phase of hair follicles by increasing protein synthesis in the hair follicle cells and stimulating blood flow to the follicle.
Metabolic peptides are amino acids that stimulate cell metabolism and energy production. These are often used to treat gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and obesity. Examples of these include glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and ghrelin. GLP-1 receptors have been found in the hypothalamus and brainstem, which control appetite, glucose homeostasis, and satiety. This means that increasing the number of GLP-1 receptors in the brain results in a decrease in appetite. Studies have shown that obese patients who take these drugs have mild weight loss and better blood sugar regulation. They have also been shown to be effective in the treatment of type II diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, which are both caused by elevated blood glucose levels. However, research is still being done to determine the exact mechanism of action of many of these peptides.
There are over 100 known neuropeptides that are classified based on their amino acid sequences. Many of these peptides have very important neurological functions in the human body, including those that are involved in the regulation of emotions and natural sleep cycles, as well as those that play a role in cognition and memory. Certain peptides can also affect the way that the body feels pleasure and pain, while others can stimulate the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Many brain-affecting peptides are also commonly known for their psychoactive properties, meaning that they can have mild to severe side effects when taken over long periods of time or even at high dosages. These medications are frequently used for the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, and other mental health concerns. More research needs to be done to better understand the power of these hormones and their role in our overall wellness. Brain/neuro peptides include Cerbrolsyin/P21, Thymosin Beta 4, BPC-157, Dihexa, Semax, Selank, and DSIP.
To learn more about peptide therapy, please schedule a consultation with us. Together, we can evaluate your symptoms and decide whether EvexiPel is right for you. Call us at (503) 828-9265 or schedule an online consultation.