Epitalon is an anti-aging peptide that works by activating telomerase. It is a synthetic derivative of Epithalamin, a substance that can be found in the pineal gland, that was developed by Russian scientists in the late Soviet Union.
Epitalon has always been one of the rarest and most underrated peptides on the market, but in recent years it has grown in popularity within bio-hacking / anti-aging circles due to its purportedly miraculous benefits.
The benefits of Epitalon
Epitalon is a powerful antioxidant that contributes to the production of melatonin and superoxide dismutase.
The increase in melatonin makes Epitalon an excellent sleep drug that can correct altered circadian rhythms.
Superoxide dismutase is an antioxidant enzyme that decreases systemic inflammation, contributes to protecting and healing organs like the liver and the heart, and can potentially treat inflammatory bowel disease among other autoimmune diseases.
Epitalon has also been shown to activate telomerase activity and elongation, meaning that it can contribute to cell division and growth, extending their lifespan and by extension the lifespan of the entire organism (in other words, Epitalon may improve our life expectancty).
Epitalon may also induce apoptosis (cell death) in tumours, meaning that it may be an effective treatment for certain (if not all) types of cancer.
In fact, a clinical trial on elderly people that lasted for 13 years found that the participants on Epitalon were less likely to die from cardiovascular complications, and a greater percentage of participants on Epitalon “survived” the clinical trial (in the sense that they made it to the end of the trial while other participants simply died of natural causes at some point during the trial).
But what I’ve just discussed are findings from preclinical and clinical trials. What do independent Epitalon users actually have to say about this peptide?
Well, most users report a significant improvement in sleep quality, improved skin quality (especially in people who had conditions like eczema and psoriasis) and improved health markers.
For obvious reasons, it’s hard for independent users to report on whether Epitalon is extending their lifespan or not. However, there have been report of people testing their telomere length before and after using this peptide, and a clear increase in telomere length is seen.
The side-effects of Epitalon
Preclinical and Clinical trials did not find any significant side-effects. While we could argue that the Soviet scientists who invented Epitalon were corrupt and willing to lie about the potential side-effects of their new drug, the apparent lack of side-effects is consistent with most anecdotal reports from independent users.
It is safe to assume that long-term Epitalon use could cause adverse reactions, but there is simply not enough data (scientific or otherwise) to compile a list of common Epitalon side-effects.
How to take Epitalon
The recommended Epitalon protocol consists in doing 50mg of Epitalon every 6 months. 10mg every 3 days for a total of 50mg (so roughly 2.5 weeks), twice a year. This protocol is based on data gathered from clinical trials as well as anecdotal data.
Epitalon comes in vials, so it must be reconstituted with BAC water and injected subcutaneously.
If you really value longevity and/or you simply want to improve your sleep quality while treating autoimmune diseases and improve overall health, Epitalon may be worth a shot. It may even be worth using strategically if you travel a lot and you want to reset your circadian rhythm to adjust to new time zones as quickly as possible.
In conclusion, Epitalon is a promising yet largely-misunderstood peptide that could potentially allow you to live a better quality of life for a longer period of time. Sadly, the lack of scientific data means we have to take a leap of faith and experiment with it ourselves if we want to see what this peptide is all about.