Peptides are found in many different health and cosmetic products, with these containing various health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties, muscle building, and even anti-aging. Think of peptides like mini proteins; however, slightly different.
For example, like proteins, these are found in a wide range of different foods, also containing amino acids, but in much smaller quantities. This blog post will discuss more on peptides, including what they are, where to get them, and the many benefits of the smaller version of proteins.
What are peptides?
Peptides contain small strings of amino acids, anywhere from 2-50 amino acids per chain. Proteins contain more amino acids, but peptides are almost as essential. Furthermore, these are all absorbed into the bloodstream much easier, as these are smaller and much easier to break down.
Where to find peptides?
Generally, these come from a variety of different foods, mainly animal protein, including:
- And more!
You can also find peptides in supplements, especially great for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet, or with other dietary restrictions that may limit the number found in their body.
What are the benefits of peptides?
We’ve already highlighted some of the benefits. However, other benefits include:
- Reduced inflammation within the body
- Improves immune function
- Lowers blood pressure (if high)
- Acts as an antioxidant
Each of these benefits will now be discussed in more detail below.
Reduced inflammation within the body
Firstly, peptides reduce inflammation within the body, improving the body’s ability to heal naturally. This is important if you engage in regular physical activity alongside general wound healing.
Improves immune function
Second, peptides improve immune function. This means you are less likely to get sick. However, if you do get ill, your immune function will be improved, allowing you to fight off disease and recover much quicker.
Lowers blood pressure (if high)
Third, you will benefit from lower blood pressure if your blood pressure is particularly high. If not, then these will help keep your blood pressure low and stable, improving your lifestyle and reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Peptides act as an antioxidant
Finally, these act as an antioxidant, further improving the bodies ability to heal, reducing your risk of disease, and generally improving your health and lifestyle.