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Bioactive Peptides - important modulators of animal metabolism
Bioactive peptides are specific protein fragments released during gastrointestinal digestion or protein processing.
Its biological activities play an important role in metabolic regulation and modulation, therefore drive a positive impact on animal body’s function which may ultimately influence health.
Advantages and Positive Impacts
An advantage of short-chain peptides e over long-chain peptides is that they are more stable. Short chain peptides are replicated more efficiently and there is no issues of collapsing during absorption. Bioactive Peptides helps enhance animal performance through:
Feed Intake Benefits: Preserve or enhance feed palatability and stimulate feed intake, then support growth of healthy animals.
Health Benefits: Bioactive peptides are defined as the fragments of Amino Acid sequences in a protein that confer biological function beyond their nutritional value.
Nutrition Benefits: It is a high-quality feed ingredient due to its highly digestible content of peptides and bioactive peptides, as well as specific AAs.
Enzymatic Hydrolysis - the most effective process to maximize nutritional values
From the same raw materials, different protein products with different performances could be obtained depending on the process applied.
The hydrolysis process is the most efficient to yield the maximum of bioactive peptides (< 1000 daltons) from the raw materials compared the processing meal (standard or premium/LT)
Again, there are several methods of protein hydrolysis: Acid hydrolysis of proteins, Alkaline hydrolysis of proteins, Cell-free proteases, Microbial hydrolysis of protein. The enzymes have been selected by NAN to generate wide range of bioactive peptides. The enzymatic hydrolysis process is today the best process which could yield the maximum of bioactive peptides from marine raw materials.