Health Food Ireland releases bioactive peptide database
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Although milk has been known as the excellent source of
protein, calcium and vitamin
and is therefore considered
beneficial to muscles and bones
" for more than
years, other features such as health-enhanced activity have not received the same attention.
In recent years, however,
after in-depth research
, extracted from milk specific protein fragments
can also be called active peptides
to show the potential of
in reducing the risk of diseases such as type
diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
, an Irish health food organization based at the University of Limerick, have developed a database to identify peptide changes in the body after ingesting milk and dairy products.
database is available
papers published in
Trends in Food Science
to the food industry the
lists the areas of the body that identify peptides, amino acid sequences, fragment details, and their in-body biological activity. The content and value of the
will continue to grow
the database will ultimately save the food industry considerable money and time
ingredients with functional health benefits
that the database would be
a key resource for companies interested in commercializing
bioactive peptides, as well as providing first-hand information on ingredients
products containing specific bioactive peptides.
means companies don't have to do their own research from scratch and have access to insighted frames of reference, saving time and resources.
preventive health benefits
the global food industry has invested
in a large number of
research and identification of these bioactive peptides because they provide preventive health benefits through natural food ingredients.
databases in the public domain detailing the function of identified bioactive peptides and their possible effects on the body. However, these databases are usually not exhaustive.
, information found in patent literature is not included in these databases. If researchers and the food industry have access to the resources to put all this information together, there will be huge benefits in terms of resource and time investment.
An increasing number of studies
said Dr. alice Nongonierma
, a senior research scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Limerick
, who says more research is needed to understand the fate trajectory of milk peptides in the body after milk and dairy products are ingested.
will be able to identify potential bioavailable active peptides, Nongonierma said. These peptides could be used as health enhancers in the future.
Integrating this information into a database will be invaluable for the food industry to select bioactive peptide sequences for the design of biofunsic ingredients
products for human intervention research and development.
there are many examples of bioactive peptide sequences that have been used to develop biofunsic ingredients and products.
, a protein-derived bioactive tripeptide with blood pressure-lowering properties that
has listed for sale in Asia (Japan).
immunomodulation is also an area of biological activity of interest to researchers, where peptides are fully identified and included in the new
studies by FHI
include glucose management and muscle growth, and
is working to obtain sufficient data in the near future to include these findings in the database.
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