What are Peptides?
Peptides are a popular type of supplement (more accurately called a substance) commonly used by bodybuilding and other strength sports. While there are several different types of peptides for several different types of purposes, peptides are commonly used amongst athletes for their ability to increase your body's growth hormone level to help a user pack on muscle mass, improve physical performance, help with fat loss, and can even improve things like tendon strength.
Common Peptides include:
- IGF-1 LR3
- BPC 157
- GHRP 2 and 6
Scientifically speaking, peptides are series of short chain amino acid monomers that are linked together by a peptide bond that ultimately contains less than 50 total amino acids. These chains signal the body to produce and secrete higher amounts of growth hormone (commonly referred to as GH), which will lead to an increased production of testosterone. They can be natural, or synthetic, and are used for a variety of purposes not just related to building muscle, like anti-aging. The majority of peptides are taken by subcutaneous injection, so it’s important to maintain pristine hygiene while administering. Finally, most peptides have what’s considered a “saturation point”, which means that any extra doses over the recommended dose will not yield any extra benefits.
PRO TIP: Peptides should be stored in refrigerators at all times.
Like all things in life, there are some side effects. Generally though, the side effects of peptides are considered to be less severe than the side effects of steroids. Common side effects include: increased appetite, headaches, itchy/bumpy injection sites, and more.
Peptides can be an effective addition to your tool box of substances that can help improve your muscle recovery, improve your athletic performance, and that can add tons of lean mass to your frame. With so many different types, and so many different goals, we highly recommend doing your own research into any compounds you might be interested in, and knowing exactly what the cycle will entail before beginning.