Peptide supplementation is certainly a guaranteed way to boost your body’s availability of these protein building blocks but it may come as a surprise to you that peptides are also naturally occurring in many food sources. Whilst the concentration of them wont be as high as what you could expect to receive in something injectable, a cream or ointment, you will still be able to increase your body’s capacity through your diet.
Dietary peptides are activated when digested by the appropriate enzyme in the gastrointestinal tract. They can also be activated by fermentation or food processing. They remain inactive as a proportion of their parent protein until one of these processes takes place. It is thought that the peptides contained within proteins are what are responsible for the health promoting properties such as nutrient absorption, improvements to the immune system, increasing metabolism, preventing obesity, fatigue, diabetes, digestive problems and bone mass loss leading to osteoporosis.
As mentioned, peptides are the building blocks of proteins. They are small chains of amino acids, between 2 and 50 in number and when bonded together form proteins such as collagen and creatine. They are present in many forms of animal protein such as meat and fish but are equally prevalent through various plant proteins and vegetarian friendly foods. In keeping with our website’s theme, this is where we train our focus.
The richest sources of peptides in these foods are milk and dairy products, eggs, grains, soybeans and quinoa. Milk and dairy are high in whey and casein proteins. They are antimicrobial, antithrombotic and carry minerals. Other therapeutic effects that the bioactive peptides in these proteins have include easing hypertension and modulating the immune system.
Eggs contain a peptide found to be effective on bone metabolism. This peptide is called egg yolk water soluble peptide (YPEP) and is considered to be an alternative therapy for osteoporosis.
Grains such as wheat, corn and rice feature strong anti-fungal properties and are abundant in peptides. Research is suggesting that a peptide within rice may help to alleviate Alzheimer’s. Peptides found within wheat have been found to produce an autoimmune response.
Soybeans contain a peptide known as isoflavone-deprived soy peptide which is thought to have tumour suppressing properties. This gives soybeans the distinction of having cancer preventative effects. Quinoa is often cited as the mother of all grains. Not only is it a strong source of protein, it is rich in vitamins, minerals and fats. The peptides contained within quinoa are considered to have strong antioxidant properties. They are also thought to have anti-cancer properties, being able to reduce the amount of oxidative stress in the body. Research is also indicative that it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Peptide supplementation is a viable option in providing an enhancement to your health and quality of life. It is important to note though that this does not equate to having a healthy diet. There are numerous ways to augment the peptide count that your body generates and the first place to start is through the food that you eat. Greg from Kaotik Peptides explains that “Peptide supplementation is a new industry with a lot of conflicting information. To answer the question whether or not it works is easy, its banned in professional sports which means it has a competitive advantage”. Try increasing natural peptides with the foods listed above first, short cuts don’t last without a solid foundation.