Lactoferrin (LF), also known as lactotransferrin (LTF), is a multifunctional protein of the transferrin family. Lactoferrin (Lf) is an iron-binding milk glycoprotein that promotes the growth of selected probiotic strains.
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.In industrial agriculture, lactoferrin is used to kill bacteria during meat processing.
How does it work?
Lactoferrin helps regulate the absorption of iron in the intestine and delivery of iron to the cells.
Iron is the number one micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Iron supplements often cause an upset stomach, constipation, and vomiting among other issues. 87%3 of consumers have a problem with their iron supplements and 48%3 of them regularly complain about it.
Iron supplements typically only have an absorption rate of 20% leaving the remaining 80% as nourishment for bacteria, and as the bacteria feed on this unabsorbed iron, the result is a stomach upset as well as other issues
What Is Lactoferrin & How Does It Support Iron Absorption?
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein (sugar-protein) naturally present in milk: Lacto = milk, ferrin = iron. It is a member of the transferrin family that transport iron ions. It is a natural constituent of body fluids such as saliva, breast milk and tears.
Lactoferrin is a first-line defense multi-functional protein that possesses a more bioavailable source of iron. It has a greater ability to bind iron than other transferrins and is the only one capable of binding iron over wide pH range6. Lactoferrin binds the iron already present in the body, helping the body utilize and absorb it more efficiently. This removes the need to add additional non-native sources of iron, allowing the body to receive the right balance of iron without the stomach and intestinal discomfort.
Lactoferrin has also been shown in clinical research to be a more bioavailable source of iron, increasing serum ferritin levels 5.8x which allows for a more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources. It has also been proven to support the body’s natural inflammatory response as measured by the IL-6 marker4.
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 caused 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.
● Stimulating the immune system.
● Preventing damage related to aging.
● Promoting healthy bacteria in the intestine.
● Regulating iron metabolism.
● Fighting bacteria and viruses (antibacterial and antiviral agent).
● Use as an antioxidant.
Lactoferrin is found in our Regenesis product along with Glutathione, PQQ, Riboflavin and Lactobacilus Rhamnosus. Lactoferrin conjugated with Glutathione (GSH) is arguably the most powerful immune modulator/against Viruses. GSH has been shown necessary for an innate (proliferated) immune response. An innate immune response is our process to immediately prevent the spread and movement of foreign pathogens throughout the body. Consequently, GSH depletion prevents LPS-induced (Liposaccharide) activation of an antiviral response and its inhibition of a virus infection. Dairy as Lactoferrin Lactoferrin is lactose, whey, and casein free, and is generally safe for those with a milk allergy.