Peptide Therapy for Immune Support and More
Peptides have been getting a lot of buzz in the medical field lately due to recent studies pointing to their beneficial role in enhancing health and treating a variety of conditions. Public interest is also growing, as evidenced by increasing inquiries about peptides made by patients at Dr. Diane Brzezinski’s Naples, Florida internal medicine practice. Dr. B closely follows peptide research and offers peptide supplements as part of her holistic approach to patient treatment. In addition to recent research, Dr. B has seen first-hand evidence that supports peptide use.
So, What Are Peptides?
A natural component found in a variety of plants, meat, and fish, peptides are very similar to proteins but are differentiated by having far fewer amino acids. The amino acids serve as the building blocks of both peptides and proteins, but the smaller amino acid chains in peptides are thought to make them easier for the body to absorb. This property helps them readily penetrate various tissues in the body and enter the bloodstream for quick use by the body. As with proteins, many peptides are used by the body to help maintain cellular function and control autoimmune response—that is, peptides help the body naturally heal, regenerate, and protect itself.
There are thousands of peptide types as characterized by the sequence of amino acids, which also determines what effects they have on the body. Peptides thought to have health benefits are called bioactive peptides, which are used to make a variety of supplements.
Potential Peptide Health Benefits
While researches continue to unlock peptide’s bioactive secrets, the medical field is increasingly using peptides to address a variety of health issues. Many health and cosmetic products now contain various peptides to help aid in their distinct uses, such as for anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, skin conditioning, and muscle-building purposes. Other conditions and health issues that may be targeted by peptide supplements include:
- Immune system response enhancement (common cold, allergies, viruses, bacterial infections, Lyme’s disease)
- Autoimmune disease (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia)
- Gastrointestinal issues (gastric ulcers, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome)
- Cosmetic use to improve skin tone and texture and boost collagen formation
- Neurological issues
- Wound healing and post-operative wound healing
- Age-related bone loss
- Enhanced sexual interest and performance
- Blood clot prevention
- Lower blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Hair restoration
Are There Any Side Effects?
Researchers have not identified any significant side effects relating to taking bioactive peptide supplements. This is because the peptides in supplements are similar to the peptides present in so many everyday foods. But as with any supplement, you should consult with a physician before beginning regular use.
Consult with Dr. B in Naples to see if Peptides are Right for You
If you would like to learn more about how bioactive peptide supplements might serve a role in enhancing your overall health or as a treatment for a specific condition, contact Dr. B’s Naples-based Internal Medicine practice today through our easy online form, or by calling (239) 261-9990.