What is Lactoferrin?
Lacto (milk) ferrin (iron)
Lactoferrin is an important protein found naturally in human and cow’s milk and in other “protective” fluids produced by the body such as tears and saliva. It is a natural component of every person’s “immune defences” system. Lactoferrin is abundant in mother’s breast milk, where quantities are at their peak in early milk.
Lactoferrin: ideal for healthy gut immune function
- Extensively studied natural cows milk protein, evaluated in over 80 clinical studies. Also found naturally in breastmilk.
- Used globally in infant formula and in supplements suitable for all ages. Consumed worldwide in over 50 countries.
- Efficacious with no adverse reactions established in trials in adults, children, and infants
Why is lactoferrin important for infants?
Summary of benefits of lactoferrin in infants, specifically the gastrointestinal immune system and iron
Improved Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Associated with Bovine Milk Fat Globule Membrane and Lactoferrin in Infant Formula
Results from a clinical trial published in the Journal of Pediatrics show infants who consume formula containing milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) and bovine lactoferrin had an accelerated neurodevelopmental profile scoring higher in tests of cognitive, language and motor development by their first birthdays.
Gastrointestinal and respiratory outcomes closer to breastmilk with lactoferrin
Infants consuming formula with lactoferrin versus the standard formula group showed a significant improvement in occurrences of diarrhea-related and respiratory tract disturbances with no significant observed difference versus the breastfed reference group