What Is Selank?
Developed by the Russian Academy of Sciences, this is one of the latest peptides to be introduced into the drug trial world with some very promising effects in tests conducted around mental health and neuro functions.
It was created to mimic certain areas of tuftsin, which is a natural peptide produced by the spleen. It causes very specific immune system responses, especially to infections and viruses.
However, with the development of Selank, some very unique effects were observed on neurological functions especially in the areas of anxiety and stress.
How Does It Work?
So far, trials have identified that it has a stabilising effect on enkephalins in the body. These peptides are produced in the body, and when they are too high, there is often a direct correlation to stress levels and anxiety.
While the exact mechanics are not yet fully understood, there are quite a few studies in both human and animal testing that have been directly linked to this stabilisation effect. By creating fewer fluctuations, it is believed that overall stress levels reduce, which also has a positive effect on anxiety.
What Are The Benefits?
While the initial design was aimed at boosting immune responses, it quickly became apparent that other effects were stronger and more noteworthy. There are 3 studies in particular that have shown some of these results.
Here is a summary of those studies and their findings:
1 – Reduces Anxiety
This was the most noted result of a study conducted in 2008 where patients with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) were split into two groups to observe reactions to Selank. The conclusion was very positive with the majority of test subjects reporting a significant reduction in anxiety and stress-related symptoms (S 1).
2 – Reported Prevention of Diseases
Another study conducted in 2008 also revealed that Selank had some direct effects on immune system responses. This not only impacted anxiety levels but also revealed potential use as a preventative drug for infectious diseases in elderly people (S 2).
3 – Antiviral Impacts
Another study found that Selank showed some results of having anti-viral properties, possibly from increased activity in the immune system (S 3).
What Are The Side Effects?
As with any drug, side effects are something that have to be carefully observed when it comes to peptides. While they are a lot more targeted than other common drugs, they are nowhere near as selective as SARMs.
For Selank specifically, there are two negative items that we have to highlight.
1 – Lack Of Reported Side Effects
The studies conducted so far have not shown specific side effects, and further research is required to ensure that interactions with other drugs and different diseases are fully understood (S 1).
2 – Dosage Limitations Not Yet Fully Understood
Some of the above studies have highlighted that increased dosage did not increase physical responses. Further studies would be required in order to completely understand how the dose of Selank correlates with the impacts on immune functionality, stress and anxiety.