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Peptides

Everything you need to know!

A peptide is a short chain of amino acids. The amino acids in a peptide are connected to one another in a sequence by bonds called peptide bonds. Typically, peptides are distinguished from proteins by their shorter length, although the cut-off number of amino acids for defining a peptide and protein can be arbitrary.

In short peptides can be seen as a small chain of amino acids that aren’t quite long enough to be considered a protein. These small chains of amino acids can be found in all cells of the human body. They are useful for efficient production of hormones, including growth hormone (GH), which are protein based. Peptides are of different types, including polymers, oligopeptides and neuropeptides.

So then the question is why have Peptides come to dominate a large proportion of the substances which athletes turn to when looking to enhance their performance? 

This is because in essence peptides can be seen as the building blocks that create protein. This means that peptides offer athletes a considerable anabolic effect on muscle mass. These effects then have multiple mechanistic pathways to performance enhancement as not only will peptides offer a more anabolic environment for muscles to build it also significantly enhances the rate of recovery from strenuous bouts of exercise which in itself is a highly desirable performance enhancing quality. 

The effect peptides have upon the production of growth hormone however is most definitely the biggest reason they pop up on so many athletes radars!  Your body uses peptides to promote increased secretion of HGH. They, therefore, make it easier for interested persons to achieve bigger muscle mass. Their usage may help enhance strength. It is even said that these small amino acid chains could boost testosterone production.

Types of

There are many different types of peptides each are a specific set of amino acids bond together in a chain which look to do a specific job within the body. Some of these are more suited to specific purposes – say, muscle mass building, fat burning or performance enhancement. The variety of peptide offerings on the market are categorized into groups. This is usually based on their mode of action. Following are some of the most popular groups and peptides that fall under them.

Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) is produced by the hypothalamus and stimulates growth hormone synthesis and release in the anterior pituitary gland. In addition, GHRH is an important regulator of cellular functions in many cells and organs.

 

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Mod-GRF 1-29 is a synthetically made version of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH), the chemical in the body responsible for stimulating natural growth hormone production. Sometimes referred to as CJC-1295 without DAC, it is categorized as a growth hormone secretagogue, a compound which stimulates increased secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.

CJC-1295 is like Ipamorelin, but it is a 29-amino acid peptide hormone. It also offers many anti-aging benefits. Like Ipamorelin, it also stimulates growth hormone secretion, leading to youthful looking skin. Other benefits include improved recovery, strengthened immune system, and increased protein synthesis

HGH Fragment is a modified form of amino acids 176-191 at the C-terminal region of the human growth hormone (HGH). Studies have shown that it works by mimicking the way natural HGH regulates fat metabolism but without the adverse effects on insulin sensitivity (blood sugar) or cell proliferation (muscle growth) that is seen with unmodified HGH. Like unmodified GH, the HGH fragment 176-191 stimulates lipolysis (breaking down of fat) and inhibits lipogenesis (the formation of fatty acids and other lipids in the body).

Sermorelin is a peptide analogue of growth hormone-releasing hormone which is used as a diagnostic agent to assess growth hormone secretion for the purpose of diagnosing growth hormone deficiency.

These compounds may be considered an improvement on GHRH in terms of ability to induce growth hormone secretion. GHRP, it is thought, causes secretion of greater amounts of GH in the body. Unlike in the case of GHRH, you do not need to aim at specific times to take advantage of pulse produced by your body. Growth hormone releasing peptides produce growth hormone burst practically any time you take them. They are also available in different types, including the following:

Ipamorelin is a peptide used to help augment growth hormone production. Ipamorelin is composed of five amino acids, that stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone naturally. Benefits include decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, improved sleep, and increased collagen production.

Users get even greater growth hormone release from this peptide than both GHRP-6 and GHRP-2. Much like other GHRP and GHRH peptides, it is believed to be useful for muscle building, fat loss and anti-aging. Hexarelin is stronger than practically all other growth hormone releasing peptides at all dosing levels. But this means it has higher potential to desensitize, regardless of dose or whether breaks are observed.

This class of peptides is used to enhance the insulin-like growth of muscles by bodybuilders. These compounds are great for targeting specific muscle groups. Also known as Somatomedic C, IGF-1 has become one of the more popular peptides used for muscle building in the last 10 years or so. Englishman Dorian Yates, who was named Mr. Olympian for six straight years in the 1990s, is thought to have been a prominent user. This contributed to make many professional bodybuilders to include it in their regimen as well. IGF-1 is also available in different variants.

 

Also known as PEG-MGF, this peptide not only helps to promote muscle growth, but also to cause new muscle cells to be formed. The IGF-1 form is linked to polyethylene glycol (PEG), which differentiates it from ordinary mechano growth factor. The implication of this is that the half-life of MGF increases from minutes to days. It is more ideal to use PEG-MGF after workouts. The reason for this is the mechano-sensitive nature of MGF. That means it is activated by mechanical stimulus. The peptide facilitates faster recovery from muscle damage.

The list of peptides mentioned so far is of course not exhaustive. There are numerous other types on the market, some of which may not be necessarily beneficial for bodybuilding

Where can you buy Peptides?

Well Peptides as with many other PED’s fall into yet another legal loop hole…they are avaiable to buy from reuptable sources online in the UK providing they are not used for human consumption! So a cheeky little disclaimer on a suppliers website stating they are for research purposes only etc etc and there you go available online! the two best websites to purchase them in the UK are peptides UK & UK peptides……you think they spoke to each other before deciding on a name???? Link as always to their sites below!!! 

 

UK PEPTIDES

PEPTIDES UK 

 

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