Health Benefits of Lactoferrin
Lactoferrin is a protein found in animal milk and human milk. Colostrum, the first milk produced after a baby is born, contains about seven times more lactoferrin than is found in milk produced later on.
According to VeryWellHealth.com, lactoferrin has numerous health benefits:
Lactoferrin appears to protect the body from pathogenic microorganisms such as those that cause bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
In a 2014 report published in Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy, researchers analyzed the available research on lactoferrin's antiviral properties and found that it may inhibit the attachment of viruses to cells in the body and the replication of the virus in cells.1 The researchers also found that lactoferrin may also boost the body's immune function.
In a report published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2014, researchers analyzed previously published clinical trials on the use of fermented milk and several of its component proteins (including lactoferrin) against Helicobacter pylori infection.2 Results revealed that lactoferrin sourced from cow’s milk may help knock out the bacterium and reduce infection rates.
There's some evidence that lactoferrin may inhibit hepatitic C infection. Several studies have investigated the relationship.
In a 2013 study from Hepatology Research, for instance, scientists discovered that treatment with lactoferrin may help increase levels of interleukin-18, an immune-system protein found to play a key role in fighting off hepatitis C. The year-long study involved 63 people with the virus.3
Other studies have confirmed the benefits of lactoferrin on certain stages of the development of hepatitis C in the human body.4 For example, in vitro studies and clinical trials have demonstrated that lactoferrin can inhibit replication of the virus at an intracellular level.
However, contradictory data regarding the capacity of lactoferrin to prevent the entry of the hepatitis C virus into the target cell have also been published.
In a study published in Nutrition in 2010, participants consumed either fermented milk with 200 milligrams (mg) of lactoferrin or fermented milk daily for 12 weeks.5 Acne lesions were assessed at monthly visits.
At the end of the treatment period, those given the lactoferrin-supplemented milk had a decrease in acne lesion count, inflammatory lesion count, acne grade, and amount of sebum compared to those who took the placebo. Researchers also noted a reduction in triacylglycerols (a type of fat) in the skin surface.
A 2017 study examined the use of lactoferrin supplements combined with vitamin E and zinc for three months in people with mild to moderate acne and found a reduction in total acne lesions, comedones, and inflammatory lesions compared to those who took a placebo.6
Although research on the bone-building benefits of lactoferrin is very limited, preliminary research suggests that lactoferrin may aid in the prevention osteoporosis.
In a 2015 report published in PLoS One, laboratory tests determined that lactoferrin may work with the mineral hydroxyapatite to help stimulate the growth of bone-forming cells known as osteoblasts.7
In a study published in Osteoporosis International in 2009, researchers examined the use of a lactoferrin supplement (enriched with ribonuclease, a substance found to promote the formation of new blood vessels) on bone health in postmenopausal women.8 At the study's end, those who took the lactoferrin supplement had a significant reduction in bone resorption and an increase in bone formation compared to those who took the placebo.
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Why it’s Better to Get Lactoferrin from Camel Milk
Camel milk contains lactoferrin.
An advantage of camel milk over cow’s milk is that camel milk does not contain A1-beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin, two of the proteins found in cow’s milk that cause many people to have digestive issues after consuming it.
Camel milk also contains a lower amount of lactose than cow’s milk and is usually very well tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant.
In addition, camel milk is virtually bio-identical to the colostrum in human milk and stimulates the same properties as colostrum, making it highly beneficial and easy to digest.
Camelicious camel milk powder makes pleasant-tasting, nutritious camel milk for adults and children.