Friend or foe – you decide.
Unless you’re James Hird (or a professional athlete subject to the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority or the World AntiDoping Agency), peptides are as legal as that multivitamin you take every morning or the gin you wash it down with. And after the Essendon Bombers and Cronulla Sharks affairs, business is great. Predominantly due to men who want to get on board the fatshredding, muscle-building peptide express. But are they all hype? Here’s the lowdown.
What are peptides and how do they work?
Dr Zac Turner of Ageing Solutions says, “Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins and hormones. They increase the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in our bodies.” Turner adds that our HGH levels decrease by 12-15 per cent every decade after the age of 25 and peptides aid in arresting this decline. “This can help with increasing metabolism, muscle and energy, all of which burn fat.”
Best peptides for which goals?
“We can be selective based on the results you want to achieve,” says Turner. “For example, CJC1295 can increase slow-wave sleep cycles helping memory retention, muscle recovery and increased energy.”
What results can you expect?
Turner notes, “Without doing exercise, you’ll see signs of better skin, increased energy and perhaps heightened libido, though combined with exercise and a healthy diet, the results will be enormous.”
How are they taken?
Peptides come in the form of factacting injections, tablets and creams, which work gradually.
Any medical risks?
Turner says, “Anyone over 18 who has had regular health checks with a GP and has no health concerns
can purchase peptides after going through an online health history and questionnaire. If any issues are identifed then you will be contacted by a doctor and often have to see a GP.”
How does a program work?
With Queensland’s Peptides Direct, choose a goal, say, lean muscle, and it’ll supply a number of peptide options. One might be GHRP2, 0.1ml of which is injected subcutaneously daily – on a fve days on, two days off rotation for 10 weeks. The vial costs $320 for 5ml (the cream version costs $300 for fve 10ml tubes and 1ml is rubbed into the inner forearm) and the peptides are dispensed by a pharmacy once a doctor has evaluated both your medical history and the suitability of the peptide you want to buy.