At Affirm Health Center we’re all about helping our patients live healthy, happy lives. Our diverse therapy options all work towards that overall mission.
In last month’s two blogs, we discussed our lipotropic B-12 injections that help boost your immune system — that’s especially crucial in these COVID-19 days.
In October’s two blogs, let’s get into our peptide offerings. Peptides are smaller versions of proteins, and they have proven to have many anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and muscle building properties, among other attributes.
Here’s more about the peptides we offer our patients at Affirm.
What are peptides?
Peptides are short strings of amino acids, typically comprising 2-50 amino acids. People confuse peptides with proteins. Both are made up of amino acids, but peptides contain far fewer amino acids than proteins. Like proteins, you can find peptides in all sorts of foods.
Peptides may be easier for the body to absorb than proteins because they are smaller and more broken down than proteins. They can more easily penetrate the skin and intestines. This helps them enter the bloodstream more quickly.
At Affirm, we use signal peptides. These bioactive peptides are typically short peptide chains of around 30 amino acids. They stimulate the body to engage in certain processes by binding to G-protein coupled receptors. Peptides activate proteins.
What are the benefits of using peptides?
Research has shown that bioactive peptides may:
- Lower high blood pressure
- Kill microbes
- Reduce inflammation
- Prevent the formation of blood clots
- Improve immune function
- Act as antioxidants
Where are the peptides used for supplements derived?
As mentioned above, peptides occur naturally in many foods. These include:
- Fish and shellfish
- Beans and lentils
- Hemp seeds
At Affirm, our peptide supplements come only from an FDA-approved facility. That ensures you’ll only get the best quality. In this month’s second blog, we’ll get into some of the individual peptides we offer.