Mike Ramm and Ricky Vale at Pro Discount Suppliments. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Mike Ramm and Ricky Vale at Pro Discount Suppliments. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Businessman says reports on peptides in sports misleading

A ROCKHAMPTON businessman has spoken out on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, arguing many reports are misleading.

With the nation's media focusing on the issue, Mike Ramm, who owns Pro Discount Supplements, has aired his concerns about the reporting of the use of peptides in sport.

Mr Ramm said forms of peptides were used by everyday people for a range of reasons.

A peptide is essentially a protein, of which there are potentially hundreds that can appear in various chains and combinations. Many peptides appear in a variety of protein supplements and are unscheduled, however, there is a family of growth-hormone-releasing peptides, which are restricted and act in a similar manner to anabolic steroids, but are less detectable.

These varieties of peptides are most likely the types that are being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Mr Ramm wrote to The Bulletin yesterday in an attempt to clarify the issue, saying the use of most peptides was not illegal and should not be confused with other performance enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids or human growth hormones. "Some peptides are banned by sports people, but (most) are not illegal and they are not scheduled," he said.

"They appear in everyday cosmetic creams off the counter and peptides are the second most abundant component of the human body, right next to water. They are not drugs."

He said they had uses and benefits and were found in many products. "I sell peptides to everyday people for a variety of benefits. They have significant benefits in sports, bodybuilding, anti-aging, injury management and libido improvement."



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