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
Effects of lactoferrin on infectious diseases in Japanese summer
A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled parallel-group comparative study by Oda et al. published in 2020 evaluated the efficacy of bovine lactoferrin (bLf) on the prevalence and duration of infectious diseases in adults during the Japanese summer.
Effects of enteric-coated lactoferrin supplementation on the immune function of elderly individuals
Ongoing global research demonstrates lactoferrin's immune benefits in adult populations, especially the elderly who often suffer from age-related immune loss.
Evidence for lactoferrin supplementation in pregnancy
Lactoferrin in pregnancy offers an exciting approach to correcting iron deficiency early in pregnancy and has been shown to actively reduce nausea, constipation and gastrointestinal discomfort versus supplementation with some forms of iron
The Preventive effect of lactoferrin-containing yogurt on gastroenteritis in nursery school children
A randomised prospective study by Tsukahara et al. in 2020 evaluated the efficacy of bLf on gastroenteritis in preschool-aged children during the winter season. The study highlights the consumption of 100mg of lactoferrin in yogurt for more than 3 days/week might help alleviate the symptom of vomiting in pre-school-aged school children during the winter.
Lactoferrin supplementation for Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) in primary school children
A better substitute for oral iron in the management of iron deficiency. After 30 days, primary school children with IDA consuming bovine lactoferrin with water versus the group receiving an iron supplement showed a significant improvement in red blood cells, hemoglobin, serum ferritin and total serum iron