Seaweeds: Unused Source of Bioactive Peptides

Seaweeds: Unused Source of Bioactive Peptides

Not only milk but also seaweeds, a common ingredient of Chinese and Japanese cuisine, have been identified as a rich source of nutrition for the heart. This acclamation has come from the review of over 100 studies, published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The studies have shown that seaweeds also contain bioactive peptides.

Bioactive peptides, obtained from milk products, gives required nutrition to the body and it has a drug-like effect, which helps in treating and preventing certain diseases.

Maria Hayes and her colleagues Ciarán Fitzgerald and Eimear Gallagher told that seaweeds are referred to any type of marine macro algae. And they are consumed as a food source in coastal area. They analyzed that macro algae could benefit human health, than just providing some protein. It could reduce hypertension, and also helps to control blood pressure.

Once the bioactive peptides would be available, it would solve the problem of those vegetarians who do not consume dairy products.

To tell how it would contribute to health, then bioactive peptides are main structural components of proteins, which are formed of amino-acid sequences. When they are part of parent protein, they remain inactive. But they could be unlocked, if the protein is subjected to the action of specific enzymes.

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