Peptides have become increasingly popular amongst the general population looking to gain an advantage in achieving their fitness goals. Peptides have been found to offer a boost to physical performance sufficiently to deem many of them illegal for competitive use. If this is not evidence enough of their positive impact on the body, there’s nothing else we can say to persuade you of their benefits. However, we are here to educate and so we will elaborate on how it is that peptides advantage your fitness.
Peptides are chains of amino acids which form together to make proteins throughout the body. Peptides are only 2-50 aminos in length and so are more readily absorbed by the skin and intestines, allowing for quicker access to the bloodstream. The sources of peptides in supplements come from a variety of animal and plant proteins including those found in meat, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, oats, wheat, soy, beans, lentils, hemp seeds and flax seeds.
There are two main types of peptide supplements that are most commonly available. Creatine peptides, which are used for building strength and muscle mass. Creatine allows the muscles to increase the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy it can store, providing extra bursts of explosive power that the body couldn’t otherwise generate. It also helps recharge your ATP reserves whilst you rest. Creatine will also improve your body’s synthesis of protein, providing the potential for an increase in muscle mass. Creatine is considered to be a nootropic, potentially reducing mental fatigue and improving memory.
Collagen peptides are typically used to reverse the signs of aging, offering benefits to the health of your skin, hair, nails, connective tissue and bones. Collagen is a protein found throughout the body which keeps your skin feeling firm and looking young whilst also giving your joints the flexibility they need to optimise your movement. Collagen is also found to help reduce the wrinkling of the skin, improve hydration and skin elasticity. These peptides can also aid melanin production, offering protection against UV radiation. Other advantageous uses for collagen peptides include facilitating wound healing. They can help to act as antioxidants and reduce inflammation which can speed up the healing process. Potentially, collagen peptides can help lower blood pressure, prevent the formation of blood clots, kill microbes and improve immune function. Research continues into these benefits to the body.
Naturally, there are potential side effects to peptide supplementation. Ointments and topical creams containing collagen peptides can impact the skin, causing rash, itching and skin sensitivity. There are also the potential for headaches, stomach aches, nausea and dehydration when using creatine peptides. Always consider consulting a medical professional when investigating the use of a new product.
The diversity of the benefits that peptide use can impact your body has seen their popularity spike in the wider fitness community. They can certainly be advantageous to your fitness when used appropriately.