What Are Peptides and How Could They Benefit Me?

What Are Peptides and How Could They Benefit Me?

Stem cells, proteins, peptides — these are just a few of the resources already contained within the human body that promote optimal function on every level. Tapping and amplifying these resources has been the brass ring in medicine, and we’re making great headway.

As an example, peptide therapies are helping to address everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s disease, and with great success.

Here at Invigorate Asheville PA, Dr. Linda Dula prides herself on following the science when it comes to our wellness treatments. In addition to our IV infusion therapy, we’re pleased to offer peptide treatments for weight loss, memory care, performance enhancement, wound and tissue healing, and even sexual dysfunction.

Here’s a look at the power of peptides in helping to surmount many of the human body’s challenges.

Peptide basics

At their core, peptides are short strings of amino acids — typically 2-50 amino acids — that provide the building blocks upon which proteins are made. The sequence and number of amino acids in the peptides allow them to play different roles in every cell and tissue of your body. 

To give you an idea of the large net that peptides cast, let’s take a look at a few examples:

This is just a sample of the many functions that rely on peptides, which often act as hormones and biological messengers between your body’s tissues.

Targeted peptide therapies 

While peptides occur naturally in your body, they’re also found in plants and animals. The therapeutic peptides we use are manufactured in a lab to be identical to the natural version, and also enhanced to target specific needs, including:

Weight loss

If weight control is your goal, we turn to peptide therapies that contain glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which are highly effective in targeting areas of your brain that regulate appetite and food intake.

Skin health

Whether you want to address wound healing or the visible signs of aging on your skin, we use therapeutic collagen peptides to boost collagen and elastin production. There’s even an antimicrobial peptide that can tackle age spots by promoting skin regeneration.

Memory loss

The loss of cognitive function as you age can be life-altering. Ongoing research is revealing that peptides can play a role in not only boosting cognitive performance, but they may also actively foster neuroplasticity to improve memory function and learning. 

Sexual health

For both men and women who are experiencing sexual dysfunction, peptides can help in these areas, as well. More specifically, we use melanocortins, which are a class of peptides that help mediate sexual desire, arousal, motivation, and response.

Peptides play a critical role in your overall health and wellness, and we’re excited to offer therapeutic peptides here at our practice. To learn more about how peptides can benefit you, call or click online to schedule a visit at our office in Asheville, North Carolina, today.

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