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Novel Antioxidants in Human Milk

Novel antioxidant peptides have been identified in human milk. These eight peptides that may contribute some of the benefits of human milk, and two peptides in particular (YGYTGA and ISELGW) had very strong antioxidant activity.

Previous research has shown human milk contains many bioactive components. These components contribute to the health benefits associated with breastfeeding.

According to the study:

“Human milk pepsin and pancreatin digests were separated using molecular membrane and reverse phase chromatography ... Eight small molecular weight peptides from 4 to 6 amino acids were synthesized and screened for antioxidant properties ... [T]he peptides YGYTGA ... and ISELGW ... were the most active.”

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