Cancer Chemopreventive Potential of Seed Proteins and Peptides

Chia Chien Hsieh, Blanca Hernández-Ledesma, Ben Lumen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

4 Citations (Scopus)


Cancer has become as one of the most challenged diseases nowadays. Evidence has estimated that about 35% of cancers can be prevented by correct diet, physical activity, and maintenance of appropriate weight. Thus, changes in lifestyle and dietetic habits have been recommended for cancer prevention. In addition, natural or synthetic substances are used (as chemopreventive agents) for preventing, retarding, or blocking the development of cancer. Among natural compounds, those present in foods have been found to reduce cancer risk and sensitize tumor cells in anticancer therapies. In cereals, legumes, and other seeds, different bioactive compounds have demonstrated to exert an important beneficial impact on human health, protecting against various types of cancer. Among them, protein and peptides have become one of the most studied. This chapter summarizes the recent evidence on the chemopreventive properties of seed proteins, hydrolysates, and peptides, focusing on their food sources and their mechanism of action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128185537
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1


  • Bioactive peptides
  • Cancer
  • Chemoprevention
  • Hydrolysates
  • Mechanism of action
  • Seed proteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Cancer Chemopreventive Potential of Seed Proteins and Peptides'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this