An important protein found naturally in breast milk
Evidence has shown lactoferrin may have useful biological functions for both infants and adults, such as immune-enhancing functions and helping protect against infection.
Our lactoferrin is drawn out from fresh, pasteurised New Zealand milk, using gentle technologies that retain the naturally-occurring health benefits.
- Highly soluble
- Easy to dry blend
- Iron-binding protein
- Salmon pink powder
- High purity: min. 95% protein and min. 90% lactoferrin
A key ingredient in infant nutrition
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein found in high concentration in human breast milk1 and has been shown to have important and diverse biological functions. Bovine milk lactoferrin is similar in structure and function to human milk lactoferrin.2 Lactoferrin has antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and immunomodulatory functions and is involved in iron uptake by intestinal cells.1,3 Because of its partial resistance to digestion in infants, lactoferrin may have a prebiotic effect and stimulate gut maturation. Lactoferrin has been shown to promote the growth of bifidobacteria in preterm infants, contributing to the development of the immune system.4
Lactoferrin for adult use
Opportunities for the use of lactoferrin also exist in adult nutrition, thanks to its iron-binding, anti-infection and anti-viral properties and contribution to iron metabolism.5 It is an ideal bioactive for use in functional food systems.
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1 Lonnerdal, B. 2016. J Pediatr. 173: S4-9; Lonnerdal, B. 2014. Am J Clin Nutr 99: 712S–7S; Lonnerdal B (2009) Nutritional roles of Lactoferrin. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 12, 293-297
2 King et al. 2007. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 44: 245-251
3 Iyer S & Lonnerdal B (1993) Lactoferrin, lactoferrin receptors and iron metabolism. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 47, 232-241; Valenti P & Antonini G (2005) Lactoferrin: an important host defence against microbial and viral attack. Cell and Molecular Life Science, 62, 2576-2587; Lonnerdal B & Iyer S (1995) Lactoferrin: molecular structure and biological function, Annual Reviews in Nutrition, 15, 93-110
4 Wakabayshi H, Takase M & Tomita M (2003) Lactoferricin derived from milk protein lactoferrin. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 9, 1277-1287; Kawaguchi S, Hayashi T, Masano H, Okuyama K, Suzuki T. & Kawase K. (1989) Effect of lactoferrin-enriched infant formula on low birth weight infants. Shuusankiigaku, 19, 125-130.
5 Paesano, R. Et al. 2009. Biochimie. 91 (1): 44-51.