What are peptides? If you are up to date, you already know. if you aren't, you will soon be hearing a lot about these life changing molecules. Peptides are amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, they are smaller than proteins, but have big impacts on what goes on inside the cells in our bodies. There are thousands of peptides undergoing clinical research and hundreds of ongoing clinical trials. Although they are certainly nothing new, they are on the cutting edge of medical treatment. Billions of dollars are being invested into the peptide market. Insulin is a peptide first studied over a hundred years ago. So why all the buzz? The answer is that science and technology have advanced to the point where we now understand at the cellular level and recognize specific intracellular pathways, helping cells to do amazing things.
WHAT CAN PEPTIDES BE USED FOR:
Improved energy and libido
Injury treatment and prevention
Neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke and cognitive impairment
Metabolic enhancement for athletes or those wishing to improve performance
Many people out there read about peptides and get excited to try them. Anyone can get on an internet site and purchase peptides. Laws are fuzzy regarding the sale of peptides. they are not legal in the US without a prescription. There are hundreds of sites selling them, and chances are, they are probably made in China and probably say "for research only, not for human consumption". Why oh why would you put that into your body? A recent study showed that of the 200 sites tested, less than twenty contained the active ingredient. If you are lucky enough to get the real thing, be careful, they are nothing to play around with and should only be given under the direction of a physician with expertise and knowledge on how to use and dose them. Unfortunately not all docs are familiar with Peptide therapy. Sometimes its hard to teach an old doc new tricks. If your physician doesn't know or feel comfortable prescribing them, its best to find one who does. The International Peptide society has a list of physician in the US with the knowledge to get you started with peptide therapy safely. At Invigorate med spa, our doctors are members of the international peptide society (IPS) and are well trained in the latest of peptide therapy use. We obtain our peptides through American pharmacies with the highest standards and safeguards. They are independently verified. Yes, they may be a little more expensive, but you are getting what you paid for with purities at 99% guaranteed. Trust us, your health and safety are worth it. Not all peptides have been FDA approved in the US. Exercise due diligence in researching any peptides before using.
GROWTH HORMONE ENHANCING PEPTIDES
A lot of friends and clients frequently ask me about Human Growth Hormone (Hgh). Maybe its because they have heard its the fountain of youth drug or maybe its because it is so sought after by elite athletes and Hollywood movie stars. Whatever the reason, most of us, can not afford it. It is cost prohibitive. Depending on the dosing, most treatments will be well over a thousand dollars a month. And if you get it cheaper, its likely not real. That was the answer we gave most friends and clients before Growth hormone enhancing peptides became available. These peptides can do what Hgh does at a fraction of the cost and with less side effects. Growth Hormone Enhancing Peptides focus on fat loss, improved sleep, increase muscle mass, faster workout recovery, accelerated healing, mood enhancement, improved cardiovascular function, healthier skin and bones, improved organ function, better immune function, increased libido and sexual performance, and improved memory. Some of the more better known peptides are as follows;
CJC-1295 – This Peptide stimulates natural growth hormone secretion. CJC-1295is a second generation GHRH (Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone) analog. Main benefits include improves sleep, mental clarity, fat loss and increase protein synthesis. We add Ipamorlelin to CJC -1295, which acts synergistic increasing natural growth hormone production, 3 fold, leading to naturally longer and stronger growth hormone pulses. Because of this, CJC-1295 and other GHRH analogs may be a safer (and cheaper) than using HGH,
Ipamorelin – Selective GH-Secretagogue and ghrelin receptor agonist. Works best in combination with the CJC-1295 (the and Ipamorelin is our most popular GH enhancing peptide therapy). Ipamorelin is especially effective because the benefits come without an increase in appetite the happens with GHRP6, and MK-677.
MK-677 - Non peptide. Taken orally in pill form. Potent muscle mass builder. Good for bulking phase. Increases Ghrelin, an appetite stimulant. Increases both lean muscle and fat. May not be suitable for women due to weight gain.
Tesofensine - is serotonin-noradrenaline-dopamine reuptake inhibitor which was originally studied for its effect on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, its exploration for these indications were limited because the patients starting losing too much weight. Since then, the tesofensine has been studied as a way to treat obesity via its ability to reduce appetite. This medication indirectly stimulates the cholinergicsystem and showed to be more successful thanaverage weight loss medication.
Liraglutide - This is a GLP-1 agonist. It is FDA approved for weight loss, under the name Saxenda. This is quickly becoming a favorite amongst prescribers due to it's efficacy. Most patients lose, on average, about 20 lbs after only several weeks of treatment.
5-amino1-MQ - This is one of the newer peptides we have been using for weight loss. As the white fat cells start to grow it overproduces an enzyme called nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) This enzyme acts to slow down fat burning causing the accumulating fat. As fat tissue grow, more NNMT is produced. 5-amino1-MQblocks this enzyme, and in experimental studies, was shown to cause significant weight loss, on average of 30%.
IMMUNE BOOSTING/HEALING PEPTIDES
BPC157 (Pentadecapeptide) – This is a very popular peptide. BPC157 is a partial peptide derived from a natural occurring peptide in your gastric juices called Body Protection Compound. The name of this peptide gives you a hint of what it can do in the body. Most of the research is being done in Croatia, and they are having amazing results. Mostly the animal studies have been released, but this peptide has been shown to decrease pain in damaged areas, as well as stimulating healing. Studies show increased healing speed in ligament and tendon injuries. We also use this peptide for digestive issues, including one of the few therapies that are effective for intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
Thymosin Alpha 1 – This peptide is an important stimulator of the immune system. As you age your thymus (a major gland in your immune system) shrinks and loses function. TA1 can help restore the immune function, particularly cell-mediated immune function (augmenting T-cell production) and immune regulation. Currently TA1 has promise for chronic fatigue, Lyme, viral disease and potentially cancer and other chronic immune (even auto-immune) related diseases.
Thymosin Beta 4 – Thymosin is another peptide released from the thymus. TB4 assists in the development of B cell and anti-body production. TB4 also has a role in tissue repair providing protection, regeneration and remodeling for damaged tissues.
Epithalon (Epitalon) – This very unique peptide developed in Russia is a synthetic version of a natural pineal peptide, Epithalamin. There are major benefits and this peptide should be included in every anti-aging protocol. The studies fit into the “too good to be true” status. It can act as a major total endocrine system regulator re-balancing and optimizing the whole system. As well as one of the few things known to increase telomerase (the enzyme responsible for protecting your DNA). The multiple too good to be true studies mentioned show significantly lower mortality rates in geriatric populations (most studies done with participants that are 70+ years old) in long term studies of even 12 or 15 years. One of the great things is this doesn’t need to be taken regularly to reap the benefits of this peptide therapy. I
LIBIDO ENHANCING PEPTIDES
PT141 (Bremlanotide) – This peptide was developed from another peptide therapy, Melanotan II. One of the side effects of Melanotan was excessive tanning. PT141 works to increase arousal and sexual response in both men (ED and impotence) and women (sexual arousal disorder). PT141 doesn’t do this by addressing the vascular system (like most ED meds) but rather the nervous system allowing it to work for men who don’t respond (or don’t want to use) the pills and women as well. One draw back is most patients experience slight to moderate nausea, which usually resolves with subsequent doses
Melanotan II - It belongs to the group of melanocortins in the body which play an essential role in skin and hair pigmentation. They also may increase libido and sexual appetite.
Oxytocin - is a hormone and a neurotransmitter that is involved in childbirth and breast-feeding. It is also associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. It is sometimes referred to as the "love hormone,
Sexual activity has been found to stimulate the release of oxytocin, and it appears to have a role in erection and orgasm.
ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE/MUSCLE BUILDING PEPTIDES
PEG-MGF – MGF (Mechano Growth Factor) is derived from IGF-1 but they were able to isolate just the section of IGF-1 responsible for muscle growth and repair. MGF is used in a natural pathway in the body. This message pathway is involved in turning on the dormant stem cells in your muscle tissue to encourage growth and healing. The PEG’ylation increase the stability of the MGF to make it usable in the body.
MOTS-c - can translocate into the nucleus in response to metabolic stress and regulation of adaptive nuclear gene expression. This allows the peptide to promote resistance of metabolic stress by upregulating the mitochondrial genome. Upregulating these genes encourages mitochondrial biogenesis. MOTS-c inhibits the methionine-folate cycle resulting in purine synthesis, increase in PCG-1α (a key regulator of energy metabolism),
LGD-4033 SARM's - Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) provide the benefits of traditional anabolic/androgenic agents, such as testosterone including increased muscle mass, fat loss, and bone density, while having lower unwanted side effects characteristic of oral anabolics aromatization / increased DHT).
MEMORY ENHANCING/NOOTROPIC PEPTIDES
Cerebrolysin – Also called FPE1070, this nootropic peptide is being used in parts of Europe to help Alzheimer’s patients. This peptide can cross the blood-brain barrier and work to stimulate the brain’s protection and repair pathways. It improves the brain’s aerobic metabolic response and can shield the nerves of the brain from free radicals and neurotoxins. Of the available nootropic peptides (including Selak and Semax) Cerebrolysin has its limits but also has the most promise.
ELITE AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES
For the Elite and professional athletes, we have "stacks"of performance peptides that will elevate your game to the next level. We promise you your personal best with our protocols. We also understand that whether you are an elite athlete, ultra competitive amateur or just a 'weekend warrior", injuries happen, and you want to get back into the game as quickly as possible. We are here to help. We use a multidiscipline approach, consisting of physical therapy, peptide injection and red lite therapy beds and handheld red-light treatment. We are well versed in all WADA rules and guidlines. Call us at 412-248-7777.