GHK-Cu is a naturally occurring copper tri-peptide. It can be found in plasma, saliva and urine. GHK-Cu functions to modulate copper intake into various cells. Levels naturally decline as we age, with a healthy 60 year old averaging a level of 80 ng/dL compared to 200 ng/dL in a 20 year old. This decline can have a significant impact on the body. GHK’s primary role is to stimulate gene expression of DNA repair genes. It is believed that lack of adequate DNA repair may be related to neurological degeneration or decline as we age. GHK-Cu is also naturally released by the body after tissue injury, supporting its role in wound healing.
Benefits of GHK-Cu
- Attraction of immune cells
- Promotes activation of wound healing by changing the inflammatory process to a regenerative one
- Stimulation of collagen
- Promotion of blood vessel growth
- Modulates the expression of numerous human genes
- Increases synthesis of decortin which is involved in collagen synthesis, wound healing and anti-tumor defense
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Anti-anxiety effects
- Anti-oxidant effects
Current Areas of Clinical Research with GHK-Cu
- Anti-inflammatory activity
- DNA repair
- Nerve regeneration
- Stem cell activation
- Anti-cancer effects
- Genomic studies
Benefits of GHK-Cu in Cosmetics/Aesthetics
- Both facial anti-aging and hair restoration
- Improves skin elasticity
- Tightens skin
- Improves skin density and firmness
- Improves photodamage and hyperpigmentation
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves clarity
- Decreases acne scarring
- Increases hair growth and thickness
- Enlarges hair follicle size
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What is GHK-Cu?
GHK-Cu is a naturally occurring peptide made up of 3 amino acids. It is found in plasma, saliva and urine.
What is GHK-Cu used for?
GHK-Cu has numerous benefits ranging from anti-aging and hair restoration to anti-inflammatory and wound healing with tissue regeneration. Clinical research also shows some benefits in anti-tumor defense.
How is GHK-Cu administered?
GHK-Cu is available in many forms from subcutaneous injections to creams and foams. The formulation of GHK-Cu is dependent on the condition being treated. For anti-aging it can be microneedled directly into the skin surface. Call Re-new today to learn more.
Can GHK-Cu be combined with other therapies?
GHK-Cu often can be combined safely with other therapies. In aesthetics and available at Re-new Institute, there is a potent anti-aging regimen that includes platelet rich plasma (PRP), GHK-Cu and Hyaluronic acid, plus or minus BPC-157 for ideal benefits. It is important to consult with a Re-new provider prior to initiating therapy, so that combination therapy, should you be a candidate, be safely prescribed.
What are the side effects of GHK-Cu?
With GHK-Cu, it is crucial that you are monitored by a trained provider. The copper component of GHK-Cu can cause copper toxicity if prescribed incorrectly. While toxicity, will typically correct itself with cessation of therapy, it is important that your therapy course be monitored for side effects.