Peptides are organic substances produced by amino acids. Comprised of short chains of 2 to 50 amino acids, peptides serve as the building blocks of proteins. They play a key role in cellular health by acting as chemical messengers that tell the cells what to do, so the body functions optimally. The body is very receptive to the regenerative benefits of peptides because they are much tinier than proteins, and therefore more easily absorbed into the cells and tissues.
Peptides perform a variety of functions that keep our bodily systems humming along, including regulating our digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Research has shown that peptides provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, while reducing oxidative stress that leads to certain disease states, such as cancer (Chakrabarti et al., 2014).
It is also generally accepted that bioactive peptides benefit heart health, strengthen the immune system and offer anti-aging benefits—from younger-looking skin to improved health of bones, joints, muscles, gut and other tissues. In addition, research shows the peptide PT-141 may help improve sexual function in both women and men.