For most people, peptides are used primarily in three areas: research, bodybuilding and the anti-aging industries. However, peptides have a wide range of applications, and in a variety of fields. It is still a developing field and as years go by, there will be more and more applications, which will be coined for the substances. But as the industry still continues developing, here are three uses of peptides you may not have known before:
Peptides in imaging
According to the Study for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, it was revealed that peptides can be used very effectively in body imaging. This is because the peptides are drawn to a particular kind of hypoxic and acidic tissues, which are all characteristics of tumors and inflammations in body sites. Peptides present in the fluorescing materials were found to gather at the potential sites of tumors, thus helping to identify the presence of cancerous cells in good time.
Peptides for treating ulcers
Aspartame is synthesized peptide with zero calories and you will always find it in most of the diet beverages today. The substance was created during trials of an anti ulcer medication when phenylalanine and asparatic acids were combined. The substance is 200 sweeter and healthier than sugar and it has become an important ingredient in the formulation of various ulcers medications.
Peptides for anti-microbial treatments
For uses on the skin, peptides are known for making anti aging creams. However, they are also very good ingredients in making fast-acting antibiotics for treating wounds and lesions appearing on the skin. When applied topically, peptides will damage the cell walls of any invading pathogens on the skin and renders the bacteria mutation impossible, which would have caused harm on such openings on the skin.