Peninsula Integrative Cardiology

What is Peptide Therapy?

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Peptide therapy replaces essential amino acids that your body produces but slows down as you age. Learn more about the benefits.

Your body produces amino acids called peptides. When you’re young and healthy, they make you feel and look great. However, as we age, it’s normal for the production of these essential peptides to slow down.

Peptides have all sorts of functions in the body, from promoting hair growth to controlling inflammation and calming your immune system. Some things that we consider “normal” parts of aging are actually due to a loss of these peptides. Dr. Daniel Rieders of Peninsula Integrative Cardiology explains how peptide therapy can help you.

What are peptides?

Peptides contain amino acids, the building blocks of essential proteins your body needs.

Peptides naturally occur in many food sources, including wheat, soy, meat, and milk. However, because so many people limit these foods, it’s not uncommon for your peptides to be below optimal levels.

Peptides reduce inflammation, impact healthy digestion, and improve neuropathy, metabolism, and even your libido.

Peptide therapy is a way to replace and restore the natural peptides that your body tends to lose over time. At Peninsula Integrative Cardiology, we may use either synthetic or natural sources of peptides.

When should you consider peptide therapy?

Peptides play multiple roles in your overall health. Peptides include collagen, elastin, oxytocin, and glutathione, although there are many more. Some things that peptide therapy can help with include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased body fat
  • Increased lean muscle
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Destroy microbes
  • Prevent the formation of blood clots
  • Improve energy levels
  • Improve wound healing
  • Slow aging

It is also a counterbalance to insulin, making it easier to maintain and control your weight.

How peptide therapy is delivered

You receive peptide therapy by injection into your body. Once injected, the peptides get into the bloodstream and efficiently progress throughout your body. 

Each patient’s treatment plan is custom-designed by Dr. Rieders to help you achieve your desired results. You may receive the peptides you need to address your specific goals and health concerns.

What happens after peptide therapy

Getting peptide injections may sound scary, but there’s no reason to worry. Your body generally responds well to the peptides, as they’re in a form your body recognizes. Because you can find peptides in everyday foods, your body reacts to them well.

Most people notice that they start to feel better immediately after receiving peptide therapy. These peptides stimulate cellular repair; you feel improvements in your energy and health on an ongoing basis after each injection.

It’s not uncommon to need more than one injection of peptide therapy. You can think of these subsequent visits as boosters, a way to help your body continue to receive the benefits of these essential substances. 

Peptides are a way to rejuvenate your body from the inside out. You’ll probably notice that you sleep better, your inflammation decreases, and you even look better. If you’d like to get started on peptide therapy or ask any questions about it, contact Dr. Daniel Rieders at Peninsula Integrative Cardiology in Palo Alto, California, or request an appointment online today.