Our bodies need a lot of amino acids in order to function properly. The one thing that many people don’t know is that amino acids make up the protein blocks. Starting with a peptide, going to polymers and polypeptide all the way to the large protein blocks, amino acids play a key part.
A peptide is defined as the compound that arises when two or more amino acids come together and the carboxyl group of one gets enjoined with the amine group of the other. You can have a dipeptide or a tripeptide when two or three of these peptides come together respectively.
Why go for a peptide?
Peptides are increasingly becoming popular especially among bodybuilders and gym enthusiasts. As earlier stated, a peptide is made up of the few amino acids and which if added go on to becoming a protein. An athlete needs to have readily available proteins when they are training or when in a competition. Rather than consuming whole protein blocks which will take more time to breakdown to the required amino acids, experts do advise on one taking peptides instead. This way, the body will not have to work extra hard to break down the already simplified ‘proteins’.
When you consume a protein, your body is forced to produce enzymes which more take time to break it down. When you take a peptide which is like an already pre-digested protein, it goes directly into the blood system hence reaching the right destination instantly. This, in turn, helps in the timely repair of any body tissue that might be damaged.
The different forms of peptides
Generally, a peptide is found in the body when the amino acids bond. However, as you age, it might become necessary for the body to need help in producing the necessary hormones and enzymes for the bonding of these amino acids. This might require that you take in peptides just like you do most of the food supplements.
There are, however, a number of research peptides that are a bit controversial and which have been banned by several athletic bodies as well as governments’ athletic agencies. Most of these controversial compounds come as of injections. Ideally, the injections are supposed to help your body have more human growth hormone (HGH). This hormone is attributed with the critical bodybuilding functions such as increase of body muscle mass, lean muscles, improve recovery time after workouts and decrease in body fats.
Some of the popular injection peptide family compounds to think of include GHRP-6, IGH-1, and Impamorelin. These are basically used to help in the increase in muscle mass. There are others such as the melanotan which is used by bodybuilders to get that unique golden skin tan. There is SNAP-6 which is responsible for the decrease in the wrinkling of the skin which can happen especially if you lose a substantial amount of body fat. Every peptide has a unique function and researchers are continually working to discover more as they try to establish if there are any side effects that come with their usage.