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.
Remember the GHRP you select is used for a few reasons. One is to prompt the release of the increase pulse in GH you have initiated with the GHRH you have selected to use. This is by inhibition of Somatostatin. So you are actually selecting the timing of the release of your natural production of still physiologic amount of GH. Another reason is to actually contribute a little more to the amplitude of you GH pulse.
A SARM (an acronym for "Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator") is a drug that is chemically similar to anabolic steroids but with reduced androgenic properties. The main advantages SARMs have over anabolic steroids are androgen-receptor specificity, tissue selectivity, and reduced side effects. SARMs also have the ability to differentiate between anabolic and androgenic activities, whereas steroids do not.
The best way to summarise how well SARMs (and peptides for that matter) work is to point out that they have been banned by WADA (the world anti-doping authority) for competitive sports because they give an unfair advantage to athletes. Luckily they are legal to purchase so if Sarms can do that for athletes imagine how much they can help ordinary folk.
In 1982, the natural hormone "Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone" (GHRH) was identified after a prolonged search. Soon, researchers discovered that those GH-Releasing Peptides (specifically GHRP-6 & GHRP-2) followed a mode of action which bound them to and was mediated through receptors different from those for GHRH. Furthermore, researches discovered that these GH-Releasing Peptides acted synergistically with the natural hormone Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH), which is related to Sermorelin, in both laboratory animals and humans to produce large releases of Growth Hormone. In the 1980s, the first highly potent GH-Releasing peptide, GHRP-6, was developed. Due to a strong GH release response from the the peptide, it became the first member of a class called Growth Hormone secretagogues. GHRP-6 is a hexapeptide composed of 6 amino acids: L-Histidine, D-Tryptophan, L-Alanine, L-Tryptophan, D-Phenylalanine and L-Lysine. The "L" form of an amino acid is the naturally occurring form and often in the nomenclature the "L" is dropped. The "D" form does not occur in nature and is the isomeric form (i.e. mirror image) of the naturally occurring "L" form. GHRP-6 (His-D-Trp-Ala-Trp-D-Phe-Lys-NH2) is composed of both natural and isomeric forms of those 6 amino acids.This sequence provides a signal to the body to begin secreting Growth Hormone release while also blocking Somatostatin, a hormone that inhibits the release of Growth Hormone.
Peptides are short chain amino acid monomers linked by a peptide bond. The body utilizes these short amino acids chains to secrete/pulse growth hormone (GH) that is already stored in your body. This is a very attractive option for those who are not able to utilize synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. In fact, this could even be a safer alternative for those seeking to use growth hormone for recovery, anti-aging and fat-loss. There are a multitude of peptides on the market and new ones being created almost monthly. Therefore, for the sake of an overview, let me just touch upon the ones that are most commonly used. To begin, let me start by first breaking down the two most important peptide groups for bodybuilding.
You will learn that no single method of using Ipamorelin is right or wrong, and there is more than one route (and dosage cycle length) you can choose, when you do incorporate Ipamorelin into your diet and exercise regimen. Regardless of how high or how long the dosage cycle is, you want to start off on the lower end when you are new to using Ipamorelin, or any growth hormone for that matter. Not only will this reduce the potential risk of experience the side effects, it also ensures your body will ingest the highest levels into the bloodstream. And, it will allow you to gradually increase the dosage and cycle lengths, in order to eventually get to the ideal levels which work best for your body, and for the intended/desired goals you are trying to achieve when using Ipamorelin daily.
It is also important to note that whether you are a long-time user or a first-time user of Ipamorelin, your body is going to react differently to that of the next user. Like the benefits you will experience, the side effects you are going to experience will occur differently, and at different dosage levels. So, it truly is a trial and error period you are going to go through with a test run of Ipamorelin for new users. You have to find what works for you, how your body will react, and what potential side effects are lingering ahead, in order for you to achieve the greatest results, and eventually find the proper dosage and cycle level, which is going to work the best for your body and system.
The letters stand for ‘Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide’, and the compound is a peptide in the growth factor family, known as a HEXAPEPTIDE and GH SECRATAGOGUE. It has a strong effect on the release of endogenous (naturally produced) human growth hormone, in a dose related manner. It has been used in school medicine for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children and young adults, which drives home just how powerful this compound is at influencing the body to release its own natural GH. It works by signalling the pituitary gland to secrete GH itself, but also by the suppression of SOMATOSTATIN too (an antagonist of growth hormone releasing hormone – GHRH).
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GHRP-6 is normally always manufactured as lyophilized (freeze-dried) powder contained in vials in amounts of 5mg. Some companies might manufacture amounts greater or lesser than 5mg per vial, but the standard is generally 5mg/vial. The lyophilized powder contained within the vial will need to be reconstituted with bacteriostatic water in order for it to be injected. After reconstitution, the solution must then be refrigerated in storage. If left in hot environments or in room temperature environments for extended periods of time, the protein structure will degrade and become ineffective. For reconstitution, users will typically mix 3ml of bacteriostatic water with the powder gently. However, users can and do frequently reconstitute the powder with less (or more) water which will yield different concentrations of GHRP-6. For example, reconstitution of 5mg of powder with 3ml of water will yield GHRP-6 doses of 166mcg per 0.1ml (or 10iu on an insulin syringe).
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Another side effect of the CJC-1295 is acromegaly, since it helps in increasing the levels of the growth hormone. Acromegaly is a condition where extra growth hormone is released even after the internal organs and the skeleton have finished growing. This causes thickening of the skin, deepening of voice, enlargement of jaws, and slurring of speech. Another effect of acromegaly is the swelling of the soft tissue in the internal organs. This could result in the weakening of the muscles of the internal organs, like the heart. This was tested during the phase 2 testing of CJC-1295.
The conclusion comes down to which peptides should you use. This is going to depend on personal use and experience. Whether you are into bodybuilding, gaining an edge in sports or just looking for health and wellness and anti aging properties, peptides offer a little something for everyone. There are many peptides that are not covered below, but as an introduction into the peptide world these are the most generic and widely used. As with any supplement or drug, please do your own research before diving into using peptides.
So… now we get down to the individual peptides themselves. I will not go into length with a profile for each one, but instead I will provide two charts that should help in understanding which peptides are GHRH’s and which ones are GHRP’s. Of course, IGF and MGF have their own respective spots but do not have the synergy when combined like GHRP and GHRH.
I stopped the colostrum and my ” symptoms ” subsided, seems I have a moderately enlarged prostate which doesn’t run in my family on either side, my question is could the colostrum possibly cause the prostate to enlarge due to the igf-1 at a certain age,? due to a possible decline in testosterone, or could the benefits of colostrum outweigh the prostate issue?
Years ago, our group examined the cytoprotective effects exerted by the GHRP-6 preventive administration in the hepatic tissue subjected to I/R, as in other distal organs from the ischemic site (ie, lungs, kidneys, and small intestine). Histological and biochemical results allowed us to conclude that the pharmacological preconditioning induced by the GHRP-6 treatment attenuated I/R liver damage. Besides respiratory distress syndrome like pulmonary changes, intestinal transmural infarct and acute tubular necrosis in kidneys were significantly reduced. These results indicated for the first time a systemic cytoprotective effect for the GHRP-6, suggesting its potential efficacy to control the inflammatory response associated with acute I/R and shock, which eventually originated multiple organs damage (MOD). Cytoprotection induced by GHRP-6 treatment was also related to the attenuation in the generation of ROS and preservation of the antioxidant defense reserves. Histological analysis as the assessment of myeloperoxidase activity evidenced a clear anti-inflammatory GHRP-6-induced effect in the liver and remote organs. Moreover, the molecular mechanism mediating the action of GHRP-6 peptide was shown to involve the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/RAC-alpha serine/threonine-protein kinase (PI-3K/AKT1) pathway, as the induction of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α) all committed in cellular survival.51 Subsequently, Granado et al52 examined the potential anti-inflammatory impact of GHRP-2 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-challenged rats. GHRP-2 administration attenuated the effects of LPS on the elevation of circulating levels of transaminases, nitrites/nitrates, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), via direct interaction with liver nonparenchymal cells. Globally, the exogenous administration of these two synthetic GHRPs appeared to exert a potent hepatoprotective role by attenuating the inflammatory response orchestrated by liver-resident macrophages. Another line of evidences document the benefits of 15-daily injections of GHRP-2 (100 μg/kg) in arthritic rats, so that the treatment ameliorated the external symptoms of arthritis and decreased the circulating levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6) as the nitrite/nitrate release from peritoneal macrophages in vitro. This experiment extrapolated the counter-inflammatory properties of GHRP-2 to a nonepithelial organ and suggested again a direct interaction with ghrelin receptor of immune cells.53 Similarly, effects have been attributed to ghrelin by inhibiting the inflammatory response via AKT1-activated pathway with a concomitant reduction of myeloperoxidase activity, the rate of apoptosis, and oxidative stress.54 All these data suggest that GHRPs exert a mutually inclusive beneficial effect by directly protecting parenchymal organs epithelial cells, and simultaneously by modulating the magnitude of the inflammatory response by direct interaction with the effector immune cells. Supporting the protective effect of GHRP-6 on epithelial organs, a recent study has excellently described and dissected the mechanistic bases on how GHRP-6 prevented gastric mucosal damage induced by water immersion restraint (WRS) and other forms of stress. The data indicated that the protective effect of GHRP-6 on WRS-induced gastric mucosal injury is somehow mediated by peripherally suppressing the vagal efferent effect on the stomach, including gastric acid secretion. Although more studies are clearly demanded, the present findings open the possibility to use GHRP-6 in preventing Curling ulcers.55
If GHRP-6 is powerful for growth hormone release, this peptide is even stronger, albeit slightly so. GHRP-2 is used for similar purposes as the other compound. But it does not fire up appetite as the other peptide is known to do. This may make it more ideal for people interested in improving lean muscle mass. Furthermore, it does not desensitize when taken in low doses without observing breaks as required for other peptides.
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Because these peptides are so numerous and variable in structure, their effects are likewise varied and wide-ranging. One class of these peptides are known as growth hormone secretagogues, and cause the secretion of one’s own, natural hGH in the body. These peptides have been shown to be very useful in the treatment of age-related conditions, osteoporosis, obesity, and various chronic inflammatory diseases, and have several advantages over traditional hGH administration.