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What Role Do Peptides Play in Muscle Growth?

What Role Do Peptides Play in Muscle Growth?

The use of dietary supplements and enhancers are at an all-time high and continue to climb. With the demand to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, everyone is searching for the fountain of youth.

But with all the promises of using peptide for muscle growth and weight loss, could peptides be the answer we've all been looking for? While we would love to simply say yes, there's more information that needs to be known about peptide use, their benefits and their side effects.

If you've ever wondered if peptide use is the right choice to help you bulk up, read on to have all of your questions answered. 

What are Peptides?

There is a wide variation of peptide types, but to put it simply, peptides are amino acid chains that trigger the production of Human growth hormone within the body. In fact, they are a compound of two separate amino acid chains, that unite one group of amino with another.

Intake of amino acids is essential for the body to work efficiently, which is why peptides help so many people.

While there are a number of uses for peptides, some choose to use them as a gym supplement to achieve the desired physique. They share some similarities in how they work with steroids, however, in the sports world, peptides are legal while steroids are not.

What is the Role of Peptides for Muscle Growth?

By now you may have heard that peptides can aid in muscle growth, and it's important to know why.

On a surface level, peptides give you more energy and stamina, meaning you're able to handle more intense workouts for longer periods of time. Peptides also aid in muscle recovery which allows individuals to take on more complicated workouts without getting injured.

On a biological level, peptides trigger the production of growth hormones. Growth hormones are a major factor in things like leanness and skin tone. However the older we get, the less human growth hormones are produced, this is where peptides come in.

Where to Find Peptides

As more and more people become aware of the benefits of peptides, their demand increases. As a result, many online retailers have begun to offer peptides. It's important to know, however, that not all of these retailers are offering authentic peptides, and that the substance may be mixed with added chemicals.

For this reason, it's important to know exactly what's in your peptides and where they are coming from. Never order or use peptides unless they are from an authorized source that can validate that their peptides are authentic.

Additional Benefits of Peptides

While some studies have shown that peptides help protect from fracture, increase muscle mass, and decrease body fat, these are just some of the many benefits that come from them.

In addition to an improved exercise capacity, peptides can also tighten skin to create a more youthful look, even out skin tone and even reduce the risk of future heart disease.

Those who have taken peptides have reported a more psychological state of well being, that could come as a result of increased energy and improved sleep quality. A decrease in sick days has also been found.

How to Use Peptides

Currently, most peptides are taken by being injected directly into the body. This usually occurs by injecting the peptides into the abdominal region, once a day, with many preferring to do nightly injections just before bed for better sleep.

However, specialists are currently working on new ways for peptides to be absorbed within the body.
These methods include topical skin creams that are applied directly onto the skin or transdermal methods like patches.

Methods that allow peptides to be consumed orally and absorbed by the body are also currently being worked on.

The Difference Between Peptides and Steroids

Since both steroids and peptides are injected into the body and have been found to enhance muscle growth, many people believe that peptides and steroids are essentially the same things. However, this is incorrect. On a moral level, steroids are still illegal to use for any athletic purposes, while peptides are allowed.

On a chemical level, the difference between amino acid based supplements and hormonal supplements are also large. If you were to imagine it as a tree, hormones would be the base and trunk of the tree while amino acids would be more like the tiny branches.

Who are Peptides for?

Since peptides offer such a wide variety of benefits, many people could enjoy the advantaged they offer. Those who have plateaued in their weight loss journey and are looking to shed those last few pounds may use peptides for a limited amount of time to hit their desired weight.

Those who would like to reverse the look of aging and have clearer, more youthful looking skin could also benefit from peptides. Finally, those with highly demanding jobs that make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle or quality sleep may also be interested in taking peptides.

Side Effects of Peptides

Like all supplements, peptides have the potential for side effects. The severity of these side effects will depend on your lifestyle and history of healthy. Side effects are also likely to occur if peptides are taken incorrectly or are purchased from a faulty supplier.

Side effects of peptides may include:

  • Weight gain or weight loss

  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the injection site

  • Joint pain

  • Kidney pain or infection

  • Dry mouth

  • A rise in blood pressure

  • Water retention or bloating

  • An increase in appetite

  • A more visible appearance of moles

Taking Control of Your Health

Peptides for muscle growth is just one of the many tools available to you to help take control of your health. By utilizing the right techniques and habits, you can turn your health around and experience the best body of your life.

If you're willing to do the work and research to craft out a solid nutrition and exercise routine, you'll notice a rise in energy and overall health.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

7 min read