Ghrelin has been linked to inducing appetite and feeding behaviors. Circulating ghrelin levels are the highest right before a meal and the lowest right after. Injections of ghrelin in both humans and rats have been shown to increase food intake in a dose dependent manner. So the more ghrelin that is injected the more food that is consumed. However, ghrelin does not increase meal size, only meal number. Ghrelin injections also increase an animals’ motivation to seek out food, behaviors including increased sniffing, foraging for food, and hoarding food. Ghrelin also readies the body for the incoming nutrients by stimulating gastrointestinal motility and gastric acid secretions.
However, both the original GRF (1-29) and the Mod GRF 1-29 required frequent dosages. So a new compound called CJC-1295 was created which was far more stable. This compound was made by adding Lysine – which is a non-peptide, and is also called Drug Affinity Complex or DAC. Since the original Mod GRF 1-29 does not contain DAC, it is named as CJC-1295 without DAC. However, the actual CJC-1295 is not only difficult, but also very expensive to produce. This is why it is not produced or used extensively. The Mod GRF 1-29 is far easier and cheaper to produce.
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While GHRP-6 is capable of inducing large increases in GH production when used alone, a given dose will show markedly more effect what a GHRH (growth hormone releasing hormone) peptide is taken at the same time. Alternately, when combining a GHRH with GHRP-6, only about half or a third as much GHRP-6 is needed to obtain the same increase in GH production.
by Bill Roberts – GHRP-6 is an injectable peptide in the category of growth hormone releasing peptides, or GHRP’s. The most common use of these peptides is to increase GH production. Other peptides in this category include GHRP-2, hexarelin, and ipamorelin. With regard to increasing GH, all of these work similarly, and there is no need or advantage to combining them. Instead, the one most suited for the particular case is chosen.
For example, there are Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP’s with names such as ipamorelin and hexarein) which allow for a slow and steady growth hormone release that produces a pulse which mimics natural growth hormone release times and Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones (GHRH’s such as Mod-GRF) for an even stronger natural release of growth hormone and greater presence of growth hormone precursors known as GH “frags” or fragments.
Observation reveals that peptides have become more and more popular in recent years among bodybuilders and those coveting a great body. This trend, perhaps, is influenced by relative difficulty in getting and using anabolic steroids. But what are these substances and are they really legal alternatives to steroids? What benefits do bodybuilders hope to get from using them? We answer these questions and more, including peptide types, in this piece.
Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, concerns were raised regarding cardarine which was creating significant and “remarkable” performance and endurance advantages without being regulated, so some athletes were potentially getting unfair advantages. While tests for cardarine weren’t developed in time for the Olympic Games, the following year PPARδ agonists (of which cardarine is included) were added to the WADA prohibited list.
Before the discovery of ghrelin, synthetic GH secretagogs were available. Several studies investigated the effects of these substances on human sleep. Oral administration of the GH secretagog MK-677 for 1 week prompts a distinct sleep-promoting effect in healthy young male volunteers, whereas a weak effect is observed in elderly subjects. This study shows that oral administration of a peptide is capable of promoting sleep. After repetitive intravenous administration of GH-releasing peptide 6 (GHRP-6), non-REM sleep stage 2 increases. Similar to the effects of ghrelin in male subjects GH, ACTH, and cortisol are elevated. In a set of studies, the intranasal, oral, and sublingual administration of GHRP-6 was tested. By these routes of administration the effects of the peptide on the sleep EEG and on hormone secretion are less distinct and partly different from those after intravenous injection. In contrast to the sleep-promoting effects of GHRP-6 and ghrelin, hexarelin prompts a decrease of SWS, whereas the pattern of endocrine effects after hexarelin resemble the endocrine changes after ghrelin and GHRP-6 in that there is a marked stimulation of GH. The decrease of SWS after hexarelin may be related to negative feedback inhibition of endogenous GHRH. After a single dose of GHRP-2 during the third period of REM sleep, sleep remains unchanged. The lack of effects in this study may be related to the method that uses only a single injection of the substance.
Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is the predominant form of thymosin in our bodies. It has been found in high concentrations in wound tissue and certain blood cells involved in clotting, signifying its important role in the healing process. In fact, recent studies have revealed that the first gene to be upregulated after an injury is the Tβ4 gene. As the body begins the recovery process, Tβ4 aids in the creation of new vessels in the injured area, which carry blood, nutrients, and reparative substances to the site. Tβ4 also has anti-inflammatory properties, and works to decrease the amount of inflammatory substances, called cytokines. Inflammation plays a large role in many of the symptoms associated with a large number of conditions (i.e., Lyme disease, CFS, FM, autoimmune diseases, infections, etc.), making the potential impact of Tβ4 quite extensive.
This is a great option for those who are looking to promote a steady and improved release of GH to get the benefits of increases in growth hormone and subsequently Insulin Like Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1) with almost no side effects. This therapy is effectively used for anti-aging purposes as well as those with inflammatory conditions, disease or those who have low IGF-1 levels.
In addition, scientists have observed that those who supplemented with IGF-1 experienced a preponderance of new brain cell growth and new muscle mass and new studies confirmed this to be true, even among individuals with both brain damage and muscle-wasting sarcopenia. Furthermore, research studies have found IGF-1 to increase feelings of youthfulness, improve well-being, and even to alleviate depression.
GH secretagogues differ from exogenous rHGH in their effects primarily because endogenous GH contains all five isoforms of growth hormone, whereas exogenous GH contains only the 20 kilodalton isoform. Different isoforms affect tissues in discreet ways that the 20 kDa isoform cannot. Administration of GH secretagogues causes a pulse-release of GH from the pituitary which is cleared from the body within a few hours. This does not significantly raise plasma insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels.