Peptides: The Truth Unfolded
“Peptides”. Many may cringe at the word, often misinterpreting it with negative connotations such as illegal, banned, steroids and unnatural. So why is the use of these amino acids growing exponentially, by not just fitness enthusiasts but everyday Joe Bloggs like you and me?
These “protein chains”, are not just turned to by gym junkies for their muscle synthesising and fat burning properties. With peptides for injury recovery and repair, cognition, anti-aging, sleep, tanning, libido, or anxiety, to name a few, this growing market caters for everyone. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of stigma in the public eye due to media and press, shaming their use and clouding benefit in debilitating chronic conditions such as obesity, muscle atrophy, osteoarthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s or even recovery post stroke.
Are peptides legal or banned in Australia?
The truth is peptides are 100% “legal”. I can’t say this is the case for the professional athlete, as certain peptides are banned in sport – highlighted from the Essendon or Cronulla Sharks saga. Nevertheless, for the everyday person like us, using these amino acid chains is no crime. In Australia, regulating guidelines such as the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP No. 17), classify majority of peptides as a Schedule 4 substance, meaning that a prescription is necessary for supply and possession. With its own doctors on board, able to provide a script according to Australian prescribing guidelines, Peptides Online has been a key leader in this field.
What role do peptides have in the body?
Often when something is too good to be true, it usually is. The reality is peptides are not a magic potion that substitutes good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices. Fundamentally, peptides enhance the body’s own natural processes to produce their various effects, and many of these protein chains are already produced in the body to a certain degree. Often referred to as “the fountain of youth”, certain peptides have shown to reverse the decline in metabolic processes and repair associated with aging, restoring the body back into a more regenerative, youthful state by stimulating release of the body’s own natural human growth hormone (hGH).
Steroids vs Peptides – Spot the difference
Other peptides amplify the body’s response to its own endogenous testosterone, site-specifically within muscle and bone only. Steroids, on the other hand, produce their highly desired anabolic effects by acting on these receptors, but also come coupled with the less-sought-after side effects of acne, oily skin, hair loss, aggression, breast enlargement and testicular shrinkage. It is for this reason, these amino acid chains are serving as an increasingly popular alternative to steroids amongst aesthetic gym goers, providing many of the anabolic effects without the unwanted side effect profile.
With every peak, there’s a pit
Like everything in life, you need to be careful. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Water and oxygen are essential for survival, however in excessive amounts be prepared to have ‘000’ on standby. The same principal is true for any drug or peptide. When used at the recommended dose, clinical trials have proven peptides to be effective with minimal side effects, if any. In addition, the body even has its own natural feedback mechanisms in place to downregulate high levels.
The choice is yours
Proposed to be the future of medicine, these links of amino acids are not just treating chronic diseases but are providing a cure, and it’s only a matter of time before they become the new standard of preventative healthcare. Peptides are legal and they are here to stay. So now that we have debunked many of the myths on peptides, you be the judge. Whether you are on board or still a sceptic, the use of peptides is undeniably increasing and it’s no surprise as to why.
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