Nutraceutical Properties of Bioactive Peptides

Sajid Maqsood, Sabika Jafar, Priti Mudgil

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Diet is one of the environmental factors that is recognized to impact our health and the emergence of certain diseases. During gastrointestinal digestion, the major nutrient protein consumed undergoes breakdown and releases several peptides and amino acids. Some of these peptides may act as hormones or neurotransmitters due to their similar characteristics to endogenous peptides. These exogenous food-derived peptides can act on receptors in the body and exert an agonistic or antagonistic activity. One example of such peptides is opioid peptides (Teschemacher 2003). The bioactivity of food-derived peptides depends on their chain length, molecular charge, hydrophobicity and side-chain bulkiness of the constituent amino acid residues (Pripp et al. 2005). Normally, the peptide activity against disease targets is considered as lower than synthetic drugs, but the benefits of dietary bioactive peptides like low health cost, safety, and additional nutritional benefits makes these peptides seem attractive (Udenigwe and Aluko 2012).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Biopolymers
Subtitle of host publicationStructural, Functional and Nutraceutical Properties
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030270612
ISBN (Print)9783030270605
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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