There’s been a lot of buzz around the topic of peptide capsules lately and what they can do for your skin, muscles, and health. But what are they exactly, and do they live up to the hype?
Peptides are stringy amino acids that are the “building blocks” of proteins. Our bodies naturally make them and research suggests they might also provide pro-aging support, anti-inflammatory benefits, and muscle-building properties. Some peptides are even used in medications for conditions from diabetes to multiple sclerosis. Lab-made peptides can mimic some of these natural ones and are being marketed as supplements to help with everything from muscle growth to weight loss to aging prevention.
One of the most famous peptides is creatine, which is often sold as a workout supplement to help boost strength and muscle mass. Other peptides that are popular with fitness enthusiasts include MGF, thymosin beta 4, and IGF-1 — all of which may support protein synthesis and aid muscle repair. There’s also a peptide called atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), which is being developed by companies like Kalos Therapeutics and Aileron Therapeutics to help prevent blood clots.
For skincare, peptides can improve the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and improving skin elasticity. They can also improve skin barrier function and protect against oxidative stress, which is linked to the signs of aging. Our Ceramide & Peptides Capsules contain a blend of peptides and ceramides to nourish the skin and visibly reduce wrinkles for a more elastic, firmer feel. They are housed in airtight capsules to protect the ingredients from light and air, and are 95% plant-based.