One of the trendy new topics in the field of alternative health and anti-aging is peptides.
If you’re interested in improving your health and living longer, you’re bound to hear of them.
If you’re a bodybuilder, other athlete or advanced biohacker, you may regard them as old hat.
I can remember when selling stacks of secretagogues for Human Growth Hormone was a big trend in network marketing, back in the late 90’s.
Because HGH helps build bigger muscles, it’s no surprise to find many athletes indulging in HGH secretagogue peptides in hopes of improving their performance.
They’re banned by the World Anti-doping Agency. They’re illegal in professional sports. But enforcement is difficult, and many athletes, at all levels, are getting away with taking these peptides.
If You Want to Live Longer and Healthier, Should You Attempt to Raise Your HGH with Peptides?
In 1990, The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study conducted by Dr. Daniel Rudman. He injected 12 men over the age of 60 with actual HGH. The men did show positive results. They lost weight, gained muscle mass and increased their bone density.
The results do not necessarily mean injections of HGH extend life, however. Dr. Rudman was himself elderly, and died soon after he finished this famous study. He insisted it did NOT prove HGH injections resulted in longer life.
However, that doesn’t keep anti-aging clinics and doctors from prescribing injections of HGH to patients with “low” levels of HGH. These treatments are extremely expensive and not covered by health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, so only wealthy people can afford them. Technically, it’s illegal to inject HGH to treat the disease of aging, but, again, enforcement is difficult. Wealthy people – including professional athletes – who can afford the expensive treatments can find a doctor to say they’re deficient in HGH, making the injections legal.
A study done by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that people in their 90’s were more likely to live to over 100 if they had LOW levels of HGH. That kept their Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-1) levels low as well, reducing their risk of cancer.
Joe Mannah played in Australia’s National Rugby league until he died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is generally curable. However, the peptides given him by his team may have contributed to the disease. He was just 23.
Most people, however, can afford the peptides, though not the $800-$2,000 per month for HGH injections.
What are Peptides?
Essentially, they’re short chains of amino acids. Long chains of amino acids form proteins, so peptides are contained within proteins. They are signaling molecules that work with and enhance systems within our bodies.
Scientists are now studying how peptides may slow or reverse aging, repair damaged tissue, decrease your weight, heal your gut, reduce autoimmune response, restore lost hair, bring back sexual function, sharpen brains and smooth out wrinkled skin.
There are over 7,000 of them in your body. Not only do many seem to have major health benefits, they are generally regarded as safe. Your body recognizes them as natural substances, unlike drugs. Also unlike medications, they rarely have side effects.
Therefore, they’re being called “biologics,” as opposed to pharmaceuticals or even neutraceuticals.
If you look for peptides on Amazon, most of the products for sale are “collagen peptides.” Collagen comes from protein and supports the health of your skin and hair.
One disadvantage of taking peptides is most of them must be injected. When taken orally, peptides are destroyed by your digestive enzymes. Some come in the sublingual (under the tongue) form or as a nasal spray. However, only the oral forms are legally considered “supplements.”
The peptides being sold are extracted from either animal or plant foods. You can find articles online telling you what foods contain peptides, but that’s silly. They’re in all protein. However, just eating protein-rich foods will not increase your natural levels of any particular peptide.
Peptides May Eventually Prove Great for Healing Aging
One researcher in Russia reported obtaining great results from giving elderly patients the peptide Epitalon. However, its anti-aging benefits are not proven yet, although you can buy Epitalon and other peptides on Amazon.
Dr. Daniel Stickler, co-founder of the Apeiron Center for Human Potential, points out the body and its systems are complicated. You can’t just say, HGH is good for anti-aging, and then inject it. It not only circulates in the blood, every cell has receptors for it. That’s true of other hormones as well. They can be a double-edged swords. You can’t predict everything they will do to your body.
However, he does believe peptides will improve people’s health. They are much more targeted in their action than pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause many different side effects.
And he believes one peptide which is not yet on the market – humanin – will be a “game changer” for longevity. It helps support the Nrf2 pathway. That pathway is for protecting you from free radical damage.
One peptide, thymosin alpha, appears to reset the immune system. It helps your immune cells detect the markers that are on infected cells, so the immune cell does its job to destroy the infected cell.
This helps reduce autoimmune disorders, and may also help your immune system detect and destroy cancer cells.
3 Natural, Healthy Ways to Increase Your HGH
* Getting a full night of deep, restorative sleep
* Exercising at high intensity
If you decide to try peptides, be careful and thoroughly investigate both that kind of peptide and the manufacturer. Many of the products on sale may not contain what they claim.
Dr. Stickler’s advice: “Find somebody who knows what they’re doing.”