Lunasin is a 43-amino acid polypeptide originally discovered in soy. Research into the properties of lunasin began in 1996, when researchers at the University of California-Berkeley observed that the peptide arrested mitosis in cancer cells by binding to the cell's chromatin and breaking the cell apart. The name of the peptide was chosen from the Tagalog word lunas, which means "cure". Since its discovery, scientists have identified lunasin as the key to many of soy's documented health benefits and it has been studied for various benefits, including cancer prevention, cholesterol management, anti-inflammation, skin health, and anti-aging.
The aim of this site is to serve as a repository of the latest news and research on lunasin. For a full list of studies on lunasin go to the Research tab, and to explore lunasin's health benefits see the Areas of Study tab. Lunasin has also been found to have epigenetic mechanisms of action, which are explained in the Nutritional Epigenetics section.
Chronic Inflammation has been found to underlie our most destructive chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that Lunasin has anti-inflammatory properties. To learn how lunasin intercepts environmental signals and disrupts some of the pathways of inflammation, go to the Inflammation page.