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What are Peptides and Will They Improve My Health?

There is another health and fitness craze hitting the streets this year - peptides.

People still have a lot of questions when it comes to these mysterious supplements and potential health benefits. This article explores many of the FAQs surrounding peptides and peptide supplements for health.

What Are Peptides?

Some of you may remember peptides from your high school biology class. Peptides are a smaller version of a protein and they are made up of amino acids. You can find peptides in foods just like you can find carbs or protein.

Peptides are in products like eggs, fish, milk, wheat, soy, and many other common ingredients.

What Are The Different Types of Peptides?

Right now, the two most popular peptide supplements are collagen peptides and creatine peptides. They differ in their amino acid makeup and therefore have different effects.

The collagen peptides are typically used for skin health. Collagen peptides are thought to reduce the effects of aging on skin, leaving a more youthful appearance.

The creatine peptides are being used in the fitness world to supplement strength building and overall muscle mass. Peptides are thought to be a more natural product than steroids for building muscle.

Different types of peptides have different effects. For example, there are peptides that boost human growth hormone (HGH). As we age we have less HGH, but with peptides, the hormone production is amped up.

Why Do People Use Peptides?

There are a few potential health benefits demonstrated by initial research on the supplements. Those benefits may include:

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Lower inflammation

  • Boost immune system

  • Prevent blood clots

  • Relief from gastrointestinal (GI) issues

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Muscle growth*

  • Loss of body fat*

  • Faster recovery from exercise*

* Peptides may increase the release of a particular hormone that is known to have these effects.

Different people have different reasons for using peptides. If you think that peptides may help your health, it's best to seek advice from a medical professional. Not all peptide products are regulated by the FDA which is why you shouldn't trust all peptide products.

Are Peptides Safe?

Generally, peptides are safe but should only be prescribed by a medical professional. Peptides may not be right for everyone.

The effects of peptides vary. Some people have experienced benefits and others have noticed no change.

Peptides can be injected into the body. You can also find them in powder or pill form.

If you have more questions about peptides, check out this article about using peptides.

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