Peptides are chains of amino acids that make up proteins, and they have some extraordinary health benefits when they’re part of a balanced diet or used in patient therapy. Highly experienced gastroenterologist Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM, and his team at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition in Century City are leading the field in using peptide-based therapies for patients with gastrointestinal disorders and establishing the benefit of peptides in the diet. Call the clinic today to find out more, or make an appointment online.
A peptide is one of the building blocks of protein, and it consists of chains of amino acids. Gastrointestinal peptides secreted by the endocrine cells in your gut help to regulate various vital bodily functions and organs, including your:
There are different types of gastrointestinal peptides, including cholecystokinin, (CCK), somatostatin (SST), ghrelin (GHRL) and gastrin. These peptides help you digest fats and proteins in your diet and assist in the delivery of nutrients to your small intestine.
They also have individual functions. For example, GHRL stimulates hunger; gastrin triggers production of gastric acid, which digests food; CCK acts on the gallbladder and pancreas and slows gastric emptying; and SST keeps the other three peptides under control to keep the digestive processes working in harmony.
BPC (body protective compound) 157 is a synthetic peptide medication used in regenerative medicine. It isn’t a natural compound, but it’s made up of peptides found in your digestive tract, mainly the stomach.
BPC 157 is injected into patients to stimulate tissues to regenerate, potentially reducing pain and improving function. The benefits of BPC 157 are said to include the healing of:
BPC 157 may also help to improve your memory and cognitive function.
Milk, eggs, grains, and soy are particularly good sources of dietary peptides, and dairy products are among the best sources. Peptides contained in the milk protein casein and milk whey have shown to help prevent blood clots and infections and increase the availability of minerals in the body.
A peptide found in egg yolks is proving to have a role in protecting bones from conditions like osteoporosis, and peptides from corn and rice are known to be antifungal. Other peptides, specifically some in soybeans, are showing promise in cancer prevention and treatment.
Added to peptides’ dietary benefits, they are also potential triggers for autoimmune problems. For example, a peptide in wheat gluten causes celiac disease. This knowledge helps patients keep away from potential triggers.
To find out more about the latest developments in peptide research and how you can benefit from using peptides, call Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition today, or schedule an appointment using the online tool.