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BPC-157

BPC-157, also known as Body Protecting Compound, is a 15-amino acid long peptide. A peptide is simply a compound consisting of two or more amino acids. Your body already produces BPC-157 in very small amounts, where it serves to signal for certain body processes to happen and protect the digestive system. Researchers believe that if you get the super concentrated version of BPC-157 into your system, it has an extremely high level of regenerative abilities.

Overall Benefits of BPC-157

  • Normalizes Blood Pressure [1-4]
  • Corrects Potassium Imbalance [5-10]
  • Corrects Calcium Imbalance [11]
  • Corrects Magnesium Imbalance [12]
  • Accelerates Wound Healing [13-24]
  • Strengthens Immune System [25-30]
  • Protects against NSAID Toxicity and Related Adverse Side Effects [31-35]
  • Reverses Alcohol Intoxication [36-39]
  • Improves Mood and Behavior [40-44]
  • Improves Bone and Joint Health [45-48]
  • Accelerates Healing of Soft Tissue Injuries [49-64]
  • Improves Cognitive Health [65-69]
  • Exerts Anti-Cancer Properties [70-73]
  • Improves Digestive Health [74-86]

Normalizes Blood Pressure

Studies show that BPC-157 can help normalize blood pressure through the following mechanisms:

  • In rats with abnormally low blood pressure, BPC-157 exerts a hypertensive effect by increasing blood pressure. [1-2]
  • In rats with high blood pressure, BPC-157 decreases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to dilate. [3-4]

Corrects Potassium Imbalance

Normal blood levels of potassium are crucial for optimum heart health. Abnormally low or high potassium levels can both lead to heart failure. Studies show that BPC-157 can help protect against heart failure caused by potassium imbalance:

  • In rats with hyperkalemia (potassium overdose), BPC-157 therapy helps protect against heart failure by completely restoring normal heart rhythm and electrical activities of the heart. [5-8]
  • In rats with hypokalemia (potassium deficiency), BPC-157 therapy helps protect against heart failure by counteracting abnormal heart rhythm. [9-10]

Corrects Calcium Imbalance

Hypercalcemia (excessive calcium levels) negatively affects almost every organ system in the body. In rats, BPC-157 administration protects against organ failure induced by hypercalcemia by reducing calcium deposits. [11]

Corrects Magnesium Imbalance

High levels of magnesium in the blood (hypermagnesemia) can lead to life-threatening conditions including heart problems, breathing difficulties, and coma. In rats, BPC-157 administration counteracts the initial event leading to hypermagnesemia and the life-threatening effects of magnesium overdose. [12]

Accelerates Wound Healing

Numerous studies show that BPC-157 may help accelerate the wound healing process through the following important mechanisms:

  • In mice with burn injuries, BPC-157 significantly improves collagen fiber formation and decreases the number of inflammatory cells. [13-16]
  • In wounded rats, BPC-157 administration enhances the formation of granulation tissues (new tissues that form on an ulcer or the healing surface of a wound) and new blood vessels. [17-18]
  • A study found that BPC-157 enhanced wound healing in a model of alkali burn-induced skin injury. [19]
  • In rats with intestinal lesions, BPC-157 administration significantly reduced damage to blood vessels and occlusion. [20-21]
  • In rats with celecoxib-induced gastrointestinal, liver and brain lesions, BPC-157 reversed the damaging effect of the drug. [22]
  • In broiler chicks with severe damage to the tissues of the heart, liver, and spleen, BPC-157 administration at 10 micrograms/kg reduced organ damage. [23]
  • In honeybees with severe damage to midgut wall layers, supplementation with sugar syrup containing BPC-157 decreased damage to the outer muscular coat. [24]

Strengthens Immune System

BPC-157 can help boost the immune system and protect against infection caused by virus, bacteria and other disease-causing microorganisms through the following important mechanisms:

  • BPC-157 has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects on multiple target tissues and organs of rats. [25]
  • In rats, BPC-157 modulates the immune system by increasing the production of growth factors that fight infections such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), ultimately strengthening the immune system. [26-29]
  • A cell study found that BPC-157 has the potential to reduce intestinal inflammation through its antioxidant properties. [30]

Protects against NSAID Toxicity and Related Adverse Side Effects

Studies show that BPC-157 effectively reduces the adverse side effects and toxicity of NSAIDs through the following protective mechanisms:

  • In rats, BPC-157 effectively counteracts several established side-effects of NSAIDs use such as lesions in the gastrointestinal tract, liver and brain, prolonged bleeding, and low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia). [31]
  • In rats, oral supplementation and injection of BPC-157 effectively treats severe gastric, intestinal and liver lesions, liver problems, prolonged sedation/unconsciousness, brain abnormalities, and organ failure induced by NSAIDs. [32-35]

Reverses Alcohol Intoxication

BPC-157 can help reverse the adverse effects of acute and chronic alcohol intoxication. Studies show that BPC-157 exerts this effect through the following:

  • In mice, BPC-157 rapidly opposes the strongest disturbance presentations in acute alcohol intoxication such as loss of muscle reflex, no reaction to external stimuli, and low body temperature, as well as symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as prominent seizures. [36]
  • BPC-157 protects against both acute and chronic alcohol-induced lesions in the stomach, esophagus and liver of mice. [37-39]

Improves Mood and Behavior

Studies show that BPC-157 may help improve mood and behavior:

  • In rats, BPC-157 administration reduces immobility time in a forced swimming test (used for evaluation of antidepressant drugs), which is indicative of a potent antidepressant effect. [40]
  • In rats, BPC-157 administration produces an anti-anxiety effect. [41]
  • In rats chronically exposed to amphetamine, BPC-157 decreases behavioral disturbances caused by the drug. [42]
  • In rats with serotonin syndrome, a condition characterized by high body temperature, agitation, tremor, increased reflexes, sweating, dilated pupils, and digestive problems, BPC-157 administration counteracts behavioral disturbances and other symptoms. [43]
  • In mice chronically exposed to diazepam, BPC-157 significantly decreases drug tolerance, physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. [44]

Improves Bone and Joint Health

BPC-157 plays a crucial role in maintaining bone and joint health. Studies show that BPC-157 exerts this beneficial effect through the following:

  • In rabbits, BPC-157 significantly improves the healing of segmental bone defects by increasing bone density. [45]
  • In rats, BPC-157 administration counteracts knee osteoarthritis and reduces cartilage lesions, resulting in improved leg length and mobility. [46-48]

Accelerates Healing of Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They can be partial or complete tears and may require surgical repair. Interestingly, studies show that BPC-157 may help accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries:

  • In rats with Achilles tendon injury, BPC-157 significantly improves healing, thereby eliminating the need for surgical repair. [49-51]
  • BPC-157 promotes tendon outgrowth, cell survival, and cell migration in injured soft tissues of rats. [52-54]
  • In rats with muscle crush injury, BPC 157 induces faster muscle healing and full function restoration. [55-57]
  • In rat tendon cells, pretreatment with BPC-157 showed outcome close to noninjured ligament as evidenced by faster granulation tissue formation, better organization of collagen, and reduced inflammatory cells. [58]
  • In rats who had surgical operation of the colon, BPC-157 treatment accelerated healing time. [59]
  • In rats with eye injuries, administration of BPC-157 eye drops successfully closed perforating corneal incisions. [60-61]
  • In rats with injury to the sciatic nerve (nerve in the spinal cord), BPC-157 administration reversed death of nerve cells and cyst formation and protected against damage to nerve structures. [62]
  • A study also found that BPC-157 has the capacity to protect against cancer cachexia, a condition characterized by progressive loss of muscle and fat. [63]
  • In rats with vessel injury, BPC-157 administration counteracted direct vein injury, blood clots, and prolonged bleeding. [64]

Improves Cognitive Health

An overwhelming body of research supports the benefits of BPC-157 on the brain:

  • In rats with brain damage similar to Parkinson’s disease (PD), administration of BPC-157 appears to mitigate some of the damage. [65]
  • In rodents with Multiple sclerosis (MS), oral BPC-157 administration decreases brain damage and clinical abnormalities. [66-67]
  • In rats with traumatic brain injury, BPC-157 administration is associated with a reduction of unconsciousness and lower prevalence of deaths. [68]
  • In rats, BPC 157 counteracts ischemic/reperfusion injuries (tissue damage caused when blood supply returns after a period of insufficient blood circulation in the brain), resulting in improved memory, orientation, and motor capabilities. [69]

Exerts Anti-Cancer Properties

Therapeutic peptides such as BPC-157 are known to possess potent anti-cancer activity. Most animal studies assessing the therapeutic benefits of BPC-157 has shown that this therapeutic peptide helps fight cancer by:

  • Inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells. [70-72]
  • Assembling and forming pores that can disrupt the structures of cancer cells. [73]

Improves Digestive Health

BPC-157 may also help improve digestive health through the following:

  • In rats, BPC-157 prevents the development of gastric ulcers by protecting the layers of the stomach against the direct cellular damaging effect of ethanol. [74-75]
  • BPC-157 fully interacts with the dopamine system (group of nerve cells in the midbrain) of rats to prevent mechanisms involved in ulcer formation. [76]
  • Continuous administration of BPC 157 in rats with chronic gastric ulcers accelerates rebuilding of stomach tissues and formation of granulation tissues. [77]
  • BPC-157 administration in rats reduces gastrointestinal tract lesions. [78-81]
  • In rats with inflammatory bowel disease, BPC-157 administration resulted in faster healing of damaged colon. [82-86]

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