Dietary proteins from soybeans have been shown to offer health benefits in vivo and/or in
vitro either as intact proteins or in partially digested forms also called bioactive peptides. Upon oral
administration and absorption, soy-derived bioactive peptides may induce several physiological responses
such as antioxidative, antimicrobial, antihypertensive, anticancer and immunomodulatory effects.
There has therefore been a mounting research interest in the therapeutic potential of soy protein
hydrolysates and their subsequent incorporation in functional foods and ‘Food for Specified Health Uses’ (FOSHU) related
products where their biological activities may assist in the promotion of good health or in the control and prevention
of diseases. This mini review discusses relevant patents and gives an overview on bioactive proteins and peptides obtainable
from soybeans. Processes for the production and formulation of these peptides are given, together with specific examples
of their therapeutic potential and possible areas of application.
Keywords: Bioactive proteins and peptides, biological activities, FOSHU, functional food, soybeans.
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