What Are Peptides?
Peptides are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Many of our naturally occurring hormones are actually peptide molecules, and peptides also play an enormous role in the cellular signaling pathways involved in immunity, tissue repair, and neurologic processes. As we get older however, our production of amino acids and peptides decreases and this leads to many of the typical signs of aging. Benefits of our peptide therapies start within the first few weeks and they increase with continued therapy.
An Alternative to Testosterone Replacement
If you are having problems with your energy level, libido, sleep cycle, tissue healing, or with your overall sense of well-being, we recommend that you first undergo a comprehensive physical and laboratory evaluation. For patients that are not candidates for testosterone replacement therapy, or for patients who are on TRT and are “dialed in” to their appropriate dose, peptide therapy can help further optimize your health and provide anti-aging benefits even beyond those of testosterone replacement therapy.
Results of Peptide Therapy
Growth Hormone Optimization
Growth Hormone plays a critical role in our physical growth and development during childhood and adolescence, but in adulthood it continues to be vital for building muscle mass and burning fat. It is also important for many aspects of overall well-being like sleep quality, cognitive ability, and recovery from exercise and muscle injuries. Natural production of Growth Hormone decreases with age, so many of us miss out on its potential benefits. Peptide therapies act on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to stimulate your body’s natural production of Growth Hormone. This can help accelerate weight loss, increase muscle mass, improve sleep quality, eliminate “brain fog”, and decrease exercise recovery times.
Peptide therapy with Thymosin Alpha-1 helps to stimulate the body’s natural immune system to prevent or to decrease recovery times from common illnesses like colds and bacterial infections. We recommend 2 yearly cycles of therapy to optimize your immune system so you are not sidelined with nagging illnesses.
Healing and Recovery
Peptide therapy with Thymosin B-4 stimulates wound healing and muscle recovery through enhanced angiogenesis (improving blood flow to the injured area) along with recruiting new cells to the area and neutralizing inflammatory molecules. Patients see significant improvements in their recovery between workouts as well as faster and more lasting resolution of nagging muscle and joint injuries.
There are many factors that play a role in our level of sexual desire (libido) as well as our physical ability to perform sexually. For men, if you have found that your libido or physical performance are not where you would like them to be, the first step may very likely be correcting low testosterone. Medications like Viagra and Cialis work by increasing blood flow to the penis, which obviously is designed to improve physical performance. But if the desire isn’t there, these medications may not help. Peptide therapy with PT-141 works at the brain level, stimulating the actual neurologic pathways that lead to sexual arousal. This therapy is a subcutaneous injection that you administer on an “as needed” basis 30 minutes to 2 hours prior to anticipated sexual activity, or as a regular dose every 3 days.
GHK-Cu is a topical therapy that uses a cellular signaling peptide that increases your skin’s firmness, elasticity, and clarity. Studies have shown this therapy to increase collagen by up to 70%, improving the structure of aging skin while reducing fine lines and reducing the depth of wrinkles. This treatment is applied daily to affected areas of the skin.
Melatonan 1 is an analog of the naturally occurring peptide hormone, alpha-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (alpha-MSH). By stimulating melanocyte production in the skin without the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays, patients can achieve a natural tan without skin damage. This treatment is a subcutaneous injection once a day for 1-2 weeks, and then twice weekly thereafter for maintenance.
KPV is a series of three amino acids mimicking a fragment of alpha-MSH that demonstrates powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It exhibits these effects not just in the skin but in the gut and immune system as well. KPV is available in topical, oral, and subcutaneous injectable form and is an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and general systemic inflammation
Pentosan Polysulfate, while not technically a peptide molecule, is a semi-synthetic polysaccharaide molecule designed to reduce joint inflammation, stimulate cartilage synthesis and prevent the breakdown of existing cartilage matrix within the joints. One study conducted in 2018 demonstrated a 50% reduction in pain from osteoarthritis. This therapy is given as a twice-weekly subcutaneous injection over a course of 6 weeks.