The synthesis of the first therapeutic peptide, insulin, in 1921, marked one of the most important breakthroughs in diabetic treatment. Since then, more than 80 peptide drugs have been approved worldwide and the development of peptide drugs has become one of the hottest topics in pharmaceutical research.  

What is Peptide Therapy?  

Peptides are short chains of amino acids which join together to form proteins. They are the building blocks of every protein in our bodies. Peptides act as bioregulators and instruct cells and molecules in the body on what functions to perform.  

Each of the over 7,000 peptides in the human body is responsible for facilitating a different bodily function, for example, digestion, regulation of hormone levels, providing pain relief, accelerating the healing process, promoting weight loss and improving cognitive function. The unique properties of peptides can be harnessed and used to treat specific conditions; this is known as peptide therapy.  

Peptide therapy delivers peptides to the body through oral supplements, injections or topical creams. The peptides then bind to receptors on the surface of cells in the body and will activate or suppress various signalling pathways. Since peptide therapy can regulate these pathways, it can be used to slow down the ageing process and improve your overall health.  

There is little risk of serious side effects with peptide therapy because peptides are naturally occurring substances that the body already produces naturally. 

What conditions can peptide therapy treat?  

Peptide therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, obesity, hormonal disorders and heart disease. It can also help improve athletic performance and build muscle mass.  

As you age, the number and quality of peptides within the body may decline. Peptide therapy can restore the number of peptides in your body, so it has anti-ageing effects and can prevent age-related diseases, for example diabetes, dementia and certain types of cancer. The prevention of disease using peptide therapy is just as promising as the treatment.   

Peptide therapy can increase collagen production, which provides structure and support to the skin. As you age, your body produces less collagen, this is the main reason for wrinkles and saggy skin. Peptide therapy can stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. 

Peptide therapy can also help with weight loss. Ghrelin, a peptide hormone, can be used to send signals to the body to release the growth hormone. This hormone helps the body to build muscle and burn fat.  

Oral supplements 

As peptides are shorter in length than proteins, they can be absorbed by the digestive system. This means that oral supplementation is an effective method for peptide therapy. 

The natural dietary supplement we offer at Levitas Clinics contains a complex of peptide-bioregulators which have been extracted from the relevant bovine tissues, e.g., the pineal gland, adrenal gland, cartilage and the thymus. There are also yeast and bacteria based supplements and algae derived supplements as a vegan alternative or for those who have allergies to cow meat.  

Dosing at Levitas clinics involves 2 tablets daily for the first month. Then, two tablets are taken daily for the last 10 days of months 2 and 3. This cycle is repeated every 6 months.