What are the different types of peptide therapy available?
Peptide therapy encompasses a wide range of peptides, each with its unique properties and potential benefits. The following are some examples of different types of peptide therapy, though it's important to note that the field is continually evolving, and new peptides are being studied for various applications:
- Growth Hormone-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs)
Some examples of this form of peptide include GHRP-6 and Ipamorelin. These synthetic peptides stimulate the release of growth hormone and may be used for anti-aging purposes, muscle growth, and improved metabolism.
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-1)
IGF-1 is a peptide that plays a role in growth and development and is a hormone present in the body that oversees the effects of growth hormone. When IGF-1 and growth hormone (GH) come together, they promote healthy growth of bones and tissues. This peptide is often used for muscle growth, repair, and recovery.
A naturally occurring peptide in the brain, Sermorelin releases the growth hormone to promote sleep, increase the body’s endurance levels, and increase muscle mass, to name a few benefits.
BPC-157 is a peptide that has shown potential in promoting healing, weight loss, and reducing inflammation in various tissues, including the gut, muscles, and joints.
One of the most efficient peptides at releasing the growth hormone, CJC-1295 is often compatible with the peptide Ipamorelin to assist in weight loss, muscle growth, and boost the immune system.
Collagen peptides are short chains of amino acids derived from collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen serves as a fundamental building block for various connective tissues, including skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It provides structural support, strength, and elasticity to these tissues. Dr. Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist based out of New York, notes that collagen peptides may also help to “improve skin texture and tone by reducing the appearance of pores and hyperpigmentation” when applied topically.
The process of hydrolysis breaks down collagen into smaller, more easily digestible peptides. These resulting collagen peptides are soluble in water and can be absorbed more efficiently by the body when compared to intact collagen. Collagen peptides are often used in dietary supplements, powders, or functional foods to support various aspects of health. Research on the benefits of collagen peptides is still ongoing, so further exploration is required to understand the full extent of their capabilities.