Physiological role of short peptides in nutrition

Bull Exp Biol Med. 2003 Jan;135(1):1-5. doi: 10.1023/a:1023467622252.


Here we review new data about the physiological role of short peptides and their use as biologically active food additives (parapharmaceutics). Some approaches to the development of peptide preparations for peroral administration are considered and the mechanisms of nonspecific and tissue-specific effects produced by peroral peptide parapharmaceutics are discussed. Particular attention is given to biological properties of short peptides synthesized at the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology. These peptides hold much promise for the synthesis of parapharmaceutics increasing organism's resistance to extreme factors and preventing accelerated aging and age-related diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Food Additives
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Oligopeptides / physiology*


  • Food Additives
  • Oligopeptides