Milk Phospholipids

Naturally present in milk as part of the milk fat globule membrane, milk phospholipids are complex lipids clinically shown to support a range of health benefits benefits including staying positive(1,2,3,6) and focused(4,5,6) under stress.

Sourced from high phospholipid whey protein concentrate, Milk Phospholipids give manufacturers formulation flexibility to provide consumers with new innovative products. 

Available in two variants by total phospholipid levels; MP 70 and MP 100.

Suitable for:

  • Active Lifestyle

Religious Status:

  • Halal

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Supports mood & cognitive performance under stress

Helps manage the effects of stress, helping maintain performance by staying focussed and positive.

Supports muscle recovery

 High in beneficial whey protein which support muscle recovery.

Clean neutral flavor

Ideal for consumers seeking great tasting and functional benefits in their food and beverages.

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Discover Milk Phospholipids 70

Ideal in protein fortified food and ready-to-mix (RTM) applications

Key ingredient features include:

  • Sourced from whey protein concentrate
  • 5-7% Phospholipids
  • 2% Lactose
  • 73% Whey Protein
  • 16% Fat

Discover Milk Phospholipids 100

Ideal in standalone products (e.g. smaller dose supplement powders) and ready-to-drink (RTD) applications

Key ingredient features include:

  • Sourced from buttermilk
  • 7-9% Phospholipids
  • 40% Lactose
  • 31% Milk Protein 
  • 20% Fat
  • Heat Stable

Both variants have the below additional features:

  • Clean, neutral taste
  • Soluble
  • Non-GMO 
  • Halal and Kosher (on request)
  • Made from rBST free milk
  • New Zealand and Europe origin options available

With growing scientific evidence that diet is as important to mental wellbeing as it is to physical health, consumers are looking to nutrition to support stress, mood, cognitive performance and favour convenient, functional and fortified foods and drinks with health-enhancing ingredients. 

To enable manufacturers to reduce development time in this fast & growing market, Fonterra's Research and Development Centre has developed several product concepts; some of them having been tested and approved by consumers*. To get more information on this consumer research, contact us

More applications to come. 

*Qualitative/quantitative consumers research have been done to assess attractivness of our product concepts. 

What are phospholipids?

Phospholipids are building blocks of all cell membranes and are found in especially high concentrations in the brain. These complex lipids play important roles in our brain and nervous system.


As we age, brain phospholipid levels decline, a condition potentially combated by phospholipid supplementation as digested dietary phospholipids absorb easily in humans and cross the blood-brain barrier. 


The Milk Fat Globule Membrane (MFGM) is a natural source of valuable phospholipids such as phosphatidylserine.

  • [1] Influence of phosphatidylserine on cognitive performance and cortical activity after induced stress. Baumeister et al, 2008.
  • [2] Influence of phosphatidylserine on mood and heart rate when faced with an acute stressor. Benton et al, 2001.
  • [3] Effects of soy lecithin phosphatidic acid and phosphatidylserinecomplex (PAS) on the endocrine and psychological responses to mental stress. Hellhammer et al, 2004.
  • [4] Effects of milk-based phospholipids on cognitive performance and subjective responses to psychosocial stress. Boyle et al, 2019.
  • [5] Milk-based phospholipids increase morning cortisol availability and improve memory in chronically stressed men. Schubert et al, 2011.
  • [6] Effects of milk phospholipid on memory and psychological stress response. Hellhammer et al, 2010.
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