No, son, Peptide doesn’t mean the tide at the beach is up and peppy.
There is lots of talk about peptides being great for your skin, muscles, and overall health. What exactly are they and is all this hype just a hypothesis?
Peptides are strings of amino acids
They are strings of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Just so you can better understand this, here is a short review of what we have written about over the past year regarding protein. Proteins are long chains of amino acids. Your body has thousands of different proteins each with important jobs. Each protein has its own sequence of amino acids, and when you combine them in different ways, you make different proteins. And they all do different, yet vitally necessary functions to keep this body running smoothly.
Your body needs 20 different kinds of amino acids to function properly. The body cannot make nine of the amino acids you need, and they must come from your food.
Amino Acids break down food, grow and repair body tissue, make hormones and brain chemicals, are an energy source, build muscle, boost the immune system, and maintain a normal digestive system.
The bottom line is the body must have protein, and with the proper food, the body will make the needed protein to thrive.
Back to Peptides
Amino acids are linked together to form peptides and polypeptides, and they are both building blocks of proteins in Collagen and the elastin proteins in our skin. We will not get into the hyper complexity of the differentiation between peptides and polypeptides, except that they offer an array of different skincare benefits, from helping visibly firm skin to improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boosting skin smoothness. They play a giant role in the constituent ingredients in skin care products. So when you see the word peptides, and polypeptides on a label, you know that you are looking for a good solution to helping your skin live a good life having a glowing youthful appearance. The only issue is to research the product and determine if the ingredients are organic, pure and what the company says they are.
Here are the proven benefits of peptides
An Anti-aging. Collagen peptides help make collagen and the proteins found in healthy skin, the elastins. An antimicrobial peptide (AMP) is involved in the production of melanin, a skin pigment.
Improving the skin barrier. Antimicrobial peptides can help your body fight bacteria and promote wound healing.
Muscle growth. Creatine and collagen peptides help boost muscle growth or muscle repair.
Skin Care Products
Studies have shown that copper peptides can act as antioxidants, with the ability to repair skin damage. While the repair and benefits are subtle, the skin is made much more healthy with skin products containing peptides.
You can find peptides in Lotions, Creams, Serums, and face masks.
Peptides in Supplements
Peptides are sold in dietary supplements including pills or protein shakes. They claim to help you build muscle, boost weight and fat loss, and help with muscle recovery. Again, research to make sure the supplement is truly made of real peptides and the source of the company’s supply.
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