Is it worth it Using Melanotan?
Many bodybuilders around the world have at one time or another heard of the tan magic compound called Melanotan. Well, it should be stated from the onset that this is no drug and it is by far not a magical compound. At best, this should be defined as a kind of protein. It is formed by combining several amino acids. This makes it fall under the peptide family.
Melanotan was discovered in the USA by a group of researchers. The studies were not conclusive and still aren’t. That is why Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals, based in Australia, are hard at work to establish just what benefits this peptide has for the human race. At the beginning, it was intended to help people get a cure for skin cancer. Even though it has not yet been seen how the Melanotan can directly cure the skin cancer, it can be said that t is one of the alternatives that people use to avoid getting the disease.
How it works?
Melanotan is classified into two; the afamelanotide and the M2. The former version acts as an analog to the alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone which is produced by the pituitary gland. The resulting effects include the body making more melanin, which is responsible for the skin and hair color. It is also responsible for libido and can have the side effect of loss of appetite among others. Compared to the naturally occurring peptide, this is a more effective compound and is preferred because it has a longer half-life.; normally of anything between 30 and 60 minutes.
On the other hand, the Melanotan II is a peptide just like the afamelanotide. However, the molecular formula for the M2 is C50H69N15O9. This effectively means that this chain of amino acids is shorter. In terms of reactions, it means that M2 is more susceptible to binding with more receptors than the afamelanotide. This then means that the results witnessed under this peptide are wider and so are the side effects.
Bearing in mind that the amino chains of the afamelanotide are longer than those of the M2, the amount of dosage required will definitely be higher than that of M2. In order to get a good skin tan, you will need about 5 vials (50mgs) if your skin is very light. At the same time, you will hardly need to use 1mg of M2 per dose to gain the same results.
Many bodybuilders around the world know only too well that for them to have an edge in any competition, they need to have the right skin tone. Such a well-toned tan can be obtained by basking in the sun, but as research has conclusively shown, excessive exposure to the UV rays can cause skin cancer. This brings forth the idea of Melanotan. While it still remains a mystery as to what exactly this peptide can do in the medical world given that it is still being researched, bodybuilders can rest assured that the pros of using it far exceed the cons.