Potential Health Benefits of Biologically Active Peptides Derived from Underutilized Grains: Recent Advances in their Isolation, Identification, Bioactivity and Molecular Analysis

Biologically Active Peptides from Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) Grain

Author(s): Humberto Aguirre-Becerra, Byanka Cruz-Moreno, Ana Patricia Arenas-Salazar, Ma. Cristina Vázquez-Hernández and Ana Angélica Feregrino-Pérez * .

Pp: 94-114 (21)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815123340123040009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) is a pseudocereal with a high content of amino acids, such as lysine; its lack of gluten makes it an attractive product with high nutritional potential that could be included in the human diet. It contains several compounds such as phenolics, carotenoids, organic acids, vitamin E and Bcomplex vitamins, and macro and microelements. Its high protein quality and peptide content are relevant in F. esculentum. Additionally, biologically active peptides (BAPs) have been associated with the prevention of some chronic and neurodegenerative diseases. Consequently, the agro-industrial, cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical sectors have shown a strong interest in this pseudocereal due to its wide range of compounds. This chapter is a compilation of scientific contributions related to buckwheat properties, including generalities, nutritional value, bioactive compounds, BAPs, and finally, perspectives and conclusions. 

Keywords: Agroindustry, Amino acids, Bioactive properties, Biopeptides, Buckwheat, Chronic diseases, Fagopyrum esculentum, Macroelements, Microelements, Neurodegenerative diseases, Nutraceutical, Phenolics, Proteins, Pseudocereal, Organic acids, Secondary metabolites, Vitamins.

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