At Foothills Functional Medicine we take pride in helping our patients get to the root cause of their illness and symptoms. Peptides are one method of therapy we utilize to assist our patients to achieve optimal health. Peptides are helpful with many health conditions, including; autoimmune conditions, brain fog, hair loss, inflammatory conditions, loss of muscle strength, memory loss, sleep disorders and weight loss
What are Peptides?
They are small chains of amino acids that make up proteins and are available in every part of your body. They can act as messengers, signaling specific glands and proteins to perform specific tasks. Peptides are increasing in popularity due to their small size and signaling capabilities, which stimulate natural bodily reactions.
Each patient is carefully assessed with their circumstances and health status. Then the appropriate therapy is selected and thoroughly discussed with the patient before sending in the prescription.
Call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss if peptide therapy may be right for you.
Below are some of the peptides we utilize to help patient achieve optimal improvements in their health.
Body Protection Compound Is a peptide that protects the body, anti-inflammatory, GUT microbiome support, kidney support. May be taken orally or by injection
Ipamorelin is a growth hormone releasing peptide (GHRP) that assists increasing the amount of growth hormone released. Ipamorelin is a pentapeptide composed of five amino acids. It is well known for being able to suppress somatostatin or growth hormone inhibiting hormone (GHIH).
Combined with CJC-1295 they support improved growth hormone levels with minimal effects on ghrelin, prolactin, ACTH and cortisol. Improves IGF-1, supports physical performance, supports increased muscle mass, improved exercise recovery and help speed recovery time after an injury. Popular for weight loss also.
A peptide made up of a chain of four amino acids, as a youth-restoring solution. The peptide may increase your natural life span by increasing the supply of telomerase. As we age, our telomeres shorten which signals the beginning of age-related diseases and symptoms. The growth of telomeres flashes a sign to your body to start making new cells. It’s how Epitalon helps renew your energy, promote youthfulness, and deepen your rest for a good night’s sleep.
As a copper peptide, GHK-Cu can help in wound healing, DNA repair, regeneration of the skin’s stem cells, and nerve regrowth
Copper (GHK-Cu) peptide is a regenerative peptide commonly used for hair growth. Thymus peptides have been studied for chronic chair loss conditions such as telogen effluvium and androgenic alopecia. GHK-Cu may help remove fine lines and reduce wrinkles for a lot of skin types.
Bodybuilders like to make use of peptide MK-677 to boost their stores of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor or IGF-1. When both IGF-1 and growth hormones go down, the individual tends to lose body mass and his/her body ages.
People take MK-677 to help increase the bulk of their muscles and improve muscle endurance. It may help boost the body’s ability to recover post-workout.
What biohackers like about MK-677 is its ability to promote deep REM cycle sleep. The peptide may also improve the look and feel of your skin and hair.
MOTS-c exists within the genome of the mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse. Given its possible link to energy regulation, biochemists have begun establishing this peptide’s role in weight, metabolism, longevity, age-related disease, and interestingly exercise capacity.
What makes MOTS-c a groundbreaking peptide is its ability to open up new pathways for the muscles to make use of glucose. Muscles can metabolize glucose and boost energy output accordingly while also beating insulin resistance.
MOTS-c can also help increase brown fat activity, lessen the growth of white fat or adipose, and improves the body’s ability to absorb fatty acids. It’s why scientists are looking at MOTS-c as a solution for obesity.
Since MOTS-c can sensitize the body for insulin, the peptide also shows promise in preventing the onset of diabetes.
If you’re suffering from age-related sexual issues, you’ll be glad to know PT-141 can help restore your sex life. PT-141 may help to reactivate the dopamine hormones in your nervous system to get you back in the saddle.
Dopamine is the hormone responsible for reward-motivation behavior. A hormone that powers sexual desire and performance.
Semaglutide (also known as Wegovy, or Ozempic)
Is a peptide for weight loss. It is a once weekly injection that helps to control appetite by stimulating insulin secretion and inhibiting glucagon secretion, thereby lowering blood sugar. It was first introduced in the US in 2017. The New England Journal of Medicine’s publication of the STEP trial revealed more than 50% of trial participants lost 15% of their body weight, and between 33-40% of participants lost 20% of their body weight.
Semorelin with Glycine
This combination works to burn fat by stimulating the production and release of hormones by the pituitary gland. Glycine plays an important role in the control of the hypothalamic-pituitary function, specifically impacting growth hormone release. Together, Sermorelin and Glycine combined increase metabolism and help your body burn fat. Individuals report improved sleep as well.
Thymulin is a peptide for immune support. It supports Th1/Th2 balance, enhances T cell function and is anti-inflammatory.