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Is Ipamorelin a Steroid? Understanding Peptides

Is Ipamorelin a Steroid? Understanding Peptides

Over 2000 years ago, Chinese healers  extracted sexual and pituitary hormones  to use for medicinal purposes.  

Today, we know that hormones are responsible for everything from fertility to growth and development. It's these properties that make them the subject of interest in treating things such as aging, muscle mass, and even energy.

Ipamorelin is one way to affect growth hormones for therapeutic purposes. Often confused with steroids, this substance boasts many benefits and little side effects. But there's a whole lot more to know about it than that.

If you're considering using ipamorelin, read this first.

What Is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin is most commonly used as a growth hormone restoration treatment. It's among the safest and most effective forms of growth hormone (GH) secretagogues. 

A GH secretagogue is a substance that binds to cell receptors in our body and elicits a response. Specifically, ipamorelin stimulates the pituitary gland. This important gland in the hypothalamus boosts growth and development when stimulated.

But ipamorelin  isn't a steroid. It's a peptide.

Consisting of 5 amino acids, ipamorelin is a synthetically created pentapeptide. It's also known as a growth hormone releasing pentapeptide (GHRP). It mimics our bodies natural processes to treat any number of physical conditions.

What Is Ipamorelin Used For?

As we get older, our vital organs begin to lose function. As that process progresses, it effects changes in cells, tissues, organs, and all of our bodily systems. The results include everything from more fat to less muscle and energy.

Ipamorelin reverses the side effects of aging by targeting adult  growth hormone deficiency. It stimulates the natural release of hormones.

These hormones can help you burn body fat faster, improve bone density, and even help you sleep better. In  this capacity, ipamorelin can also be used to treat degenerative diseases and sports injuries.

To promote the release of GH, ipamorelin stimulates the pituitary gland. This gland is responsible for regulating the endocrine system. And this system is related to growth and metabolism, temperature regulation, and pain relief.

At the same time as it stimulates the pituitary gland, ipamorelin also increases the hepatic production of IGF-1 levels in the liver. This combination has a host of beneficial physiological effects. These include:

  • Increasing bone mass density

  • Increasing muscle mass and strength

  • Stronger and rejuvenated joints

  • Stronger connective tissue

  • Improved calcium retention

  • Improved physical and mental performance

  • Improved skin tone and skin elasticity

  • Improved immune function

  • Better sleep/helps combat insomnia

  • More energy and strength

Ipamorelin can also be used to help burn excess fat because it increases adipose tissue.  

Ipamorelin vs Steroids

GHRP's and anabolic steroids are often confused for the same thing or mentioned together. That's probably because these 2 distinct substances share similarities in terms of benefits and uses. Both anabolic steroids and GH secretagogues like ipamorelin:

  • help tissue recovery

  • improve the stability of joints

  • improve muscle building capacity

  • increase energy levels

But ipamorelin is related to growth hormones that stimulate growth. You can find GH's in all plants and animals.

GHRP's are synthetically made in a laboratory. But growth hormones are a naturally-occurring substance.

GHRP's of all kinds are made to improve cell regeneration and repair tissue and organ function. They also regulate metabolism and other body systems and help a person build muscle. They mainly work on the pituitary gland to elicit their benefits.

Steroids are also naturally-occurring substances that can be synthesized in the laboratory. However, anabolic steroids are synthetic chemicals that are similar to the male sex hormone testosterone. They mainly work to promote skeletal muscle growth and encourage the development of male sexual characteristics and have no effect on the pituitary gland.

Steroids also tend to be far more expensive - and difficult to acquire - than GHRP's like ipamorelin. Other than with a prescription, steroids are  controlled substances. This is because they carry many negative side effects, which include heart and liver problems.

Beyond the potential health consequences of using anabolic steroids, they can also be addictive. Ipamorelin doesn't carry any of these risks - making it a safe and effective alternative to steroids.

Ipamorelin vs Sermorelin

Sermorelin is a GH secretagogue like ipamorelin. But ipamorelin is a safer and more effective GH therapy. It has all the benefits of a GH therapy with none of the potential risks or undesirable side effects.

Firstly, in addition to stimulating the pituitary gland, ipamorelin has positive effects on the liver. Because it has positive effects outside of GH production, it has more healing power than sermorelin. In fact, it has more healing power than more human growth hormone therapies.

Second, sermorelin tends to boost cortisol levels as a side effect of stimulating the pituitary gland. Increased cortisol levels can cause cold sweats, jitters, and nervousness. Because it doesn't cause increased cortisol, users of ipamorelin haven't experienced those undesirable side effects.

Many GH secretagogue therapies, including sermorelin, also increase ghrelin - the enzyme responsible for stimulating hunger. Many patients using sermorelin, therefore, experience an increase in appetite. Whereas patients using ipamorelin don't have this side effect.  

Is GH Therapy Right For You?

Whether you're suffering from a degenerative disease, combatting the effects of aging, or trying to build muscle mass, ipamorelin is a GH secretagogue therapy that's both safe and effective.

A peptide that affects the pituitary gland to promote the production of growth hormone, ipamorelin isn't a steroid and is among the best GH therapies available. It has little to no side effects and is well tolerated by most patients.

If you're looking for a treatment that boosts energy, mobility, strength, and more, ipamorelin may be exactly what you're looking for. Read more about how we can help you with our GH therapies.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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