Many people have heard something about peptides and know that they are somehow used in bodybuilding. But what are peptides? What do they consist of? And what is their function in human body? Few will answer. Let’s start from the very basics. Peptides are molecules that can be described as chains of amino acids. They are essential for proper functioning of human body being kind of messengers who carry signals from one tissue to another. In this case they are called hormones.
Weight loss occupies minds of fitness enthusiasts all over the world. Every proud belly-owner dreams of losing some pounds to become active and attractive again. Excess weight is bad not only from aesthetic side; it’s also harmful for individual’s health. The risk increases with every extra pound. Obesity has become a nation-wide problem in many developed countries where all people get enough income to have unlimited access to food.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is secreted in the pituitary gland which is a small (0.5-13mm) piece of brain located on its lower surface. The highest levels of HGH are registered among kids and adolescents. In the middle age this gland starts to decrease hormone production. Being a peptide hormone, HGH provides for muscle and bone growth, controls sugar levels and fat metabolism.
Everybody knows that bodybuilders don’t push and pull weights all the time. Apart from hard workouts significant part of their life is devoted to taking various powders from enormous plastic containers, pills and injections. Powders are usually protein in different forms or gainer (basically a mixture of proteins and carbs). Pills are vitamins and BCAA’s (amino-acids). Isn’t that enough to get a little more meat on your bones? Why do they need injections which are painful and need so much hassle to avoid infection?
Anabolic steroids are synthetic analogs of testosterone (main male hormone). They accelerate the synthesis of proteins inside cells which leads to the growth of muscle tissue. That’s what they are implemented for in bodybuilding. Anabolic steroids have dual action which is anabolic and androgenic. They are also known as ‘anabolic-androgenic steroids’ (AASs).
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