Peptides are the naturally synthesized structures that are made from the amino acids into strings or chains. Peptides are produced by the body to help in rebuilding tissues, fight inflammation and infection, and aid in effective healing. Even cell duplication and generation needs the help of peptides. Due to the almost infinite number of structural combinations of the amino acid, peptides have uses that vary from sweetening coffee, lessening wrinkles, to finding tumors.
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Anti-aging serums and creams
The anti-aging products have a number of peptides in them, and these are often strains drawn from plants like sea jasmine, sea fennel, and sea beet. There is enough medical evidence that suggests a relation between abundant peptides that surround injury or inflammation in your body and the production of collagen.
The skin gets its elasticity from collagen. With peptides being externally absorbed in the skin, collagen production goes in high gear, and so, the skin has more elasticity and fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
When the skin is damaged due to sun exposure, acne or injury, your body mounts up the usual defenses that it has to prepare for the invasion of the ambient microbes. The lesions caused by the damage let in such an invasion. The body, in reaction to this, floods the damaged area with antimicrobial peptides and WBCs.
Topical application of peptides on such an area can be a good idea in this case because it functions almost like antibiotics, and helps the body keeps up its walls of defense.
Dyes are sent through the bloodstream for body scan and these fluoresce when in contact with particular tissues. The amount of concentrated dye in an area can be helpful in spotting problems like tumor or inflammation.
Peptides get drawn to hypoxic and acidic tissues, which are both found in inflammation and tumor sites. Using peptides to cause fluoresce helps in the early detection of tumors. Thus, peptides can be an important weapon to the doctors in fighting life-threating cancers in the early stages.
The zero calorie sweetener that you find in most of the diet beverages these days is also a form of synthesized peptide called aspartame. It was made in the laboratory during the trial runs of anti-ulcer medications when phenylalanine and asparatic acid were combined. It led to the formation of a dipeptide bond which was two hundred times sweeter compared to sugar.
Chemist James M. Schlatter had unconsciously licked this new substance from his fingers leading to the discovery of this fact. Neither phenylalanine nor asparatic acid is sweet on its own.
So, did you ever think that peptides can be everything from your anti-aging cream to your daily sweetener? The multiple uses and the amazing benefits of element truly leaves one surprised after all!