Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of a peptide concentrate mix (PepC) obtained from whey protein, via hydrolysis with cardosins from Cynara cardunculus, was tested in vivo. The antinociceptive effect was assessed using writhing, hot-plate and formalin tests in mice, and the anti-inflammatory effect using the paw oedema test. PepC at 300 mg kg(-1) bw conveyed a significant result in the writhing test when co-administered with 1 and 3 mg kg(-1) bw indomethacin, similar to administration of higher doses of indomethacin alone. Conversely, no statistically significant differences were observed in the paw oedema test when the same PepC concentration was co-administered with dexamethasone at 3, 10 and 30 mg kg(-1) bw. PepC at 1000 mg kg(-1) bw did not cause any remarkable outcome in the hot-plate test. PepC appears to possess anti-inflammatory and peripheral antinociceptive activities, so it may be a candidate for nutraceutical ingredient. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.