What are research peptides?
There’s been a lot of buzz about peptides and what they can do for your skin, muscles, and health. But what exactly are peptides and what role do they play in research? Let’s start by explaining that your body makes peptides. They’re strings of amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of proteins. But a peptide doesn’t have as many amino acids as a protein does. Lab-made peptides can mimic some of those found in your body. Some of them are used in medications for conditions ranging from diabetes to multiple sclerosis. Studies have also found that certain types may have benefits for your skin, muscles, and maybe your weight.
What do they do?
There are lots of different peptides, each of which has a different role in your body. We need more research into what synthetic peptides can do and how they do it. But some of the benefits certain peptides are thought to offer include benefits for anti-aging, improving the skin barrier, muscle growth and weight loss.
Scientifically speaking, peptides are compounds made up of more than 1 amino acid chains connected by a peptides bond. Peptide bonds occur when the carboxyl group of an amino acid chain joins the amino group of the other amino chain by a “-OC-NH-” bond.