What is Peptide Therapy? Your Guide to Peptides

By: Patty DiBlasio, MD, MPH

At Physio Logic in New York City, we’re helping clients understand the truth about peptide therapy. From supporting metabolism to enhancing your immune function.

Peptide therapy is one of the newest options for health and wellness that we know at our Physio Logic location in Brooklyn. Being so new, a lot of people may not know about peptide treatments. We’re here to answer all of your questions and uncover the truth about peptide therapy.

What Are Peptides?

In short, peptides are amino acid chains that directly link to signals sent between cells in your body. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Their real job is to help your body use its own innate healing abilities to move toward optimal health.

These strings of amino acids can contain anywhere from 2-40 individual amino acids. These are quite a bit smaller than many regular proteins in the body, making them easy for your system to process and utilize.

Each peptide has its own unique function. For example: some might act as hormones, while others work as neurotransmitters. Some may even have direct interactions with the body as a response to activities you perform or even something you eat.

Peptides play a major role in how your body responds to diet and exercise. If issues of fatigue, endurance, poor recovery, or injury and healing are concerns, peptides can accelerate improvements. Adequate peptide levels are imperative for performing at optimal levels.

What is Peptide Therapy?

Researchers and clinicians are looking at peptides as a breakthrough in medicine due to their rejuvenating actions for our physical and mental functions. There are currently over 80 US FDA-approved peptide medications.

Peptide therapy has low toxicity, high potency and specificity, high chemical and biological diversity, and has been a proven enhancement in cell growth. Many peptides that have been developed and formulated show promising safety, efficacy, and tolerability profiles.

What can Peptide Therapy be used for:

  • Enhancing immune function
  • Cyto-protection and neuro-protection
  • Tissue repair
  • Decrease in adipose tissue
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Post-workout recovery
  • Improvements to skin tone and skin integrity
  • Improvements to hair growth
  • Pain reduction
  • Wound healing
  • Cognitive focus
  • Anxiety or Depression

One of the great benefits of therapeutic peptides is that they can be customized to any cellular processes, and studies have shown they may be easier for the body to absorb because of their elemental nature.

How are the peptides applied?

When it comes to peptide therapy, subcutaneous injections tend to be the most popular form. This is because the injection allows the peptide to get into the bloodstream faster, and can be utilized by the body more efficiently. However, some peptides are available in other forms such as oral capsules, topical lotions/creams, or even nasal sprays. Each type of peptide may have its own unique way to be applied depending on its intended use.

How quickly might you see results?

When it comes to peptide therapy, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s not an instant cure-all. Instead, look at peptide therapy as a supportive treatment that can augment your body’s innate healing. Some might see a difference right away in how they feel after starting peptide therapy treatment, while others may find it takes several weeks to even a few months to notice the desired effects.

Is peptide therapy right for you?

With targeted nutrition and the latest in peptide therapies, our team can help you meet your optimal health goals. Research has shown that there are peptides formulated to address conditions such as obesity, joint pain, and loss of muscle mass. There are peptides that have been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases and wound healing. Specific peptides are also being used for neurocognitive support, such as anxiety, depression, brain injury, and stroke. There are peptides to help regulate hormones and peptides to increase melanin, thus improving skin integrity and skin tone as well as stimulating hair growth.

Here are some of the most common peptides we know at Physio Logic:

CJC 1295 – Used to help improve strength, support weight loss, and encourage gains in lean muscle mass.

IGF-1 LR3 – Encourages the growth of new muscles and cells through a cellular process referred to as hyperplasia.

Ipamorelin – A growth hormone-releasing peptide that may help improve energy levels, lower body fat, and fuel a faster workout recovery and more.

BPC-157 – Derived from a protein in the stomach, it acts systemically in the digestive tract to help heal and combat stomach and intestinal conditions, including gastric ulcers, fistulas, leaky gut, IBS, gastrointestinal cramps, and Crohn’s disease.

DHH-B – A natural peptide made from the bark of a magnolia tree. Its bioactive compounds have been shown to address conditions ranging from inflammation to weight management, brain health, improved sleep, stress reduction, and anxiolytic effects.

GHK-Cu – A human copper-binding peptide that functions as a potent protector of tissue, working as an anti-inflammatory agent that controls oxidative damage that occurs post-tissue injury.

Thymosin Alpha-1 – Responsible for restoring and modulating immune function; particularly used in patients with chronic fatigue and autoimmune function, specifically Lyme disease treatment.

Thymosin Beta-4 – Secreted from the thymus and used as a potential therapy for HIV, AIDS, and influenza; most often prescribed for acute injury, surgical repair, and for senior athletes.

Semax – A peptide that supports patients recovering from a stroke, cognitive disorders, peptic ulcers, optic nerve disease, and transient ischemic attack; may enhance memory and boost the immune system.

Selank – A nasal peptide that works to improve cognitive function by helping to combat stress and anxiety.

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