Lactoferrin is a protein found in cow milk and human milk. Colostrum, the first milk produced after a baby is born, contains high levels of lactoferrin, about seven times the amount found in milk produced later on. Lactoferrin is also found in fluids in the eye, nose, respiratory tract, intestine, and elsewhere.
Lactoferrin is used for treating stomach and intestinal ulcers, diarrhea, and hepatitis C. It is also used as an antioxidant and to protect against bacterial and viral infections. Other uses include stimulating the immune system, preventing tissue damage related to aging, promoting healthy intestinal bacteria, preventing cancer, and regulating the way the body processes iron.
Some researchers suggest lactoferrin might play a role in solving global health problems such as iron deficiency and severe diarrhea.
How does it work?
Lactoferrin helps regulate the absorption of iron in the intestine and delivery of iron to the cells.
It also seems to protect against bacterial infection, possibly by preventing the growth of bacteria by depriving them of essential nutrients or by killing bacteria by destroying their cell walls. The lactoferrin contained in mother’s milk is credited with helping to protect breast-fed infants against bacterial infections.
In addition to bacterial infections, lactoferrin seems to be active against infections causes by some viruses and fungi.
Lactoferrin also seems to be involved with regulation of bone marrow function (myelopoiesis), and it seems to be able to boost the body’s defense (immune) system. Lactoferrin has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, increasing serum ferritin levels 5.8x which allows for a more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other ironsources.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, 1 to 3 capsules at night before bed, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
CAUTION: Do not use while pregnant or breast-feeding. Lactoferrin may be contraindicated by lymphocytic leukemia or pancreatitis. Individuals with autoimmune or allergic conditions should start with small doses and consult their healthcare practitioner.
Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, L-leucine.
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