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What is Peptide Therapy? Benefits and Risks Explained

What is Peptide Therapy? Benefits and Risks Explained

Drugs that target specific peptide and protein interactions make up about 10% of the pharmaceutical industry.

That number will only continue growing as more research and clinical trials branch out to more areas of medicine. Right now, peptides are becoming huge in the anti-aging markets. Skin care, cancer treatments, and metabolism regulation are just a few examples of peptide therapy being used to improve lives.

The concept of peptides is still new to the average person. It will soon become as common of a term as 'vitamins' if the rapid growth in recent years is any indication. To help get you familiar with peptides, this guide will tell you all about them, how they work, and which ones could change your life.

What are Peptides?

These groups of amino acids help control virtually every major function in the body. They build proteins, cellular transportation, enzymes, hormones, and structural foundations that hold us together. Peptide therapy is all about boosting the functionality of these peptides and filling in deficiencies.

Whenever there's a major hormonal imbalance or peptide deficiency, the body is made vulnerable to certain types of diseases and disorders. For example, peptide treatment is a leading field in combatting various autoimmune disorders. Part of the reason why peptides are so effective over previous drugs is that they are highly versatile and contain much lower toxicity levels.

This means that more people are able to take these drugs and the body has to do less work to deliver them.

Peptides in Skincare

Before we jump into specific examples of peptide therapy, we want to cover the emerging peptide skincare market. Peptides, as we have stated, control lots of fundamental processes in the body. When it comes to the skin, peptides can influence things like the availability of collagen and melanin.

Collagen is a major tenant of our skin's elasticity and suppleness. As our collagen product declines with age, wrinkles and fine lines start to form. The skin care industry has been looking for an effective way to combat this, but now there may be a way to avoid covering up or tightening the skin.

Peptide creams and moisturizers attempt to increase more collagen production while maximizing its effectiveness. Peptides aren't the "magic bullet" for wrinkles and aging skin, but they provide a more robust skin care product that goes beyond the surface. As peptide skin care products are better understood, the delivery of these building blocks will improve and youthful skin will be attainable without expensive procedures.

Notable Peptide Therapy

Outside of the skincare industry, peptides play an important role in hormone balancing and treatments of serious disorders. Here are some of the leading peptide therapies in the medical field right now.


This peptide is responsible for a number of growth hormones and organ functions. Primarily, ipamorelin can boost the production of testosterone. This will have a direct impact on muscle mass and function. Early studies have revealed that this peptide treatment also improves weight loss, immune system health, and lowers inflammation.

Improvement in the quality of sleep has also been observed. This makes ipamorelin an excellent, comprehensive therapy for athletes and those struggling to get into better shape. All of these factors (muscle functionality, immunity, and rest) are important for staying fit and healthy.

CJC 1295

CJC1295 has shown some amazing results as a growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). It is actually a synthetic copy of one the body normally produces. As an adolescent, the body releases it to speed production of growth hormones.

Adults gradually see the production of GHRHs as they get older, supplementing them can lead to improved muscle gains. This is a natural process and is completely unrelated to other HGH products. You won't see this peptide solution in your supplement store, and it expensive to buy outside of prescriptions.

How effective is CJC 1295? Typical results can range from 2-10x growth hormone production. It is administered as an injection weekly and can last for up to six days. This makes it ideal for competitive athletes who need that boost, but don't want to have to deal with needle pricks and soreness every day.


Our next peptide is responsible for the regulation of growth hormones, also known as a Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone (GHRH). It triggers the production of growth hormones in the pituitary gland, responsible for early childhood development. Sermorelin also impacts metabolism in adults, which can affect weight gain later on.

When the body doesn't have enough of these GHRHs during childhood, it can lead to stunted growth, poor muscle and bone development, and increase the risk for serious diseases. Sermorelin triggers the growth of new tissues and bone even in adults. This hormone therapy is popular among athletes and bodybuilders.


Also known as Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2, it is responsible for hormone production in the pituitary gland. This enhances the production of the endogenous growth hormone. It does this without the common side effects that are associated with most synthetic growth hormones.

The Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 accomplishes this in two ways. First by strengthening the transduction passage of the body's natural growth hormone releasing signal. Secondly, GHRP-2 suppresses the somatostatin activity.

It is often taken in combination with Sermorelin or GHRP-6 to further strengthen pituitary gland production. These peptides pair well together for muscle building altogether and do not have any contraindications.

Trying Peptide Therapy

The potentials of peptide therapy are infinite. This is the future of modern medicine. As more peptides are isolated and studied, development of cures and lifestyle enhancements will increase exponentially. Unfortunately, as with most new fields, as it gains in popularity, you'll need to use more caution.

Because this is such a new and lucrative market, you will encounter many fake and falsely advertised products. The best way to learn more about these new treatments is to get a consultation with a medical expert. Nu Image Medical has the experience and cutting-edge scientific research to back up our treatments.

We offer HCG dieting, hormone replacement therapy, or specialized blood tests. If you want to learn how peptide therapy can change your life, contact us today.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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