Dear Dr., Wolloch,

I keep hearing a lot about Peptides recently. What are they, and what can they do for me?

Thank you, Shelly.

Dear Shelly,

To put it succinctly, Peptides are short strings of Amino Acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.  Peptides, themselves may be easier for the body to absorb than proteins because they are smaller and already more broken down than proteins. They penetrate the skin and intestines easier, where they enter the bloodstream quicker.

Peptides in supplements come from plant or animal proteins. Different bioactive peptides have different properties. The effects on the body are contingent on the strings of the Amino Acids. Some common peptides used with good results are:

CJC-1295/Ipamorelin – Benefits over time include: Deeper sleep, improved memory retentions, muscle growth stimulation, aids in fat loss, and lean muscle.

GHK-Cu:  Stimulates collagen, accelerates healing of the skin, hair follicles, tightens loose skin, and reduces lines from wrinkles.

PT – 141: Over time may improve female sexual arousal disorder and sexual functions in men.

Research has shown that peptides slow down the aging process, improve wound healing, prevent age–related bone loss, and build strength and muscle mass. There are few if any side effects. This can vary from person to person.

Peptides are naturally present in protein-rich foods. Some people may wish to use these peptides with the aim of slowing down the aging process. Research thus far into peptides is continuing. Make sure you discuss the goals and objectives of taking Peptides with your Board-Certified Integrative Medicine Physician.

Take Care – Dr. Wolloch.