Dec 10

Lactoferrin – a quick introduction

You may not have heard of lactoferrin yet so allow me to introduce you…

The name lactoferrin comes from milk “Lacto-” plus iron “-ferrin”.
It is an iron binding protein and it was first noticed in milk, both human milk and cows’ milk in the 1930s and it was first studied in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1960. It was observed transporting iron to human cells and controlling the levels of iron present in the blood.

Iron is important for oxygen transportation in the body, cognitive function, maintaining energy levels and supporting the immune system. So the role of lactoferrin was immediately recognised as significant.

The name Lactoferrin may actually be a little misleading for the following reasons.
• It exists in almost all human bodily fluids, not only in milk. • It is in your blood, tears, saliva and other bodily fluids.
• It is totally lactose-free and in its pure form is normally safe for anyone with a milk allergy.
• It binds to and transports a number of different minerals, not just iron.
• It is significant in transporting zinc and copper to where they need to get to in the human/mammalian body.

Lactoferrin has been called the “molecule of life”. It is one of the most important molecules for mammalian procreation, growth and health. As a nutritional supplement a law was recently passed that it must be included in all infant formulas in China. As a natural ingredient in the food industry lactoferrin (isolated from cow’s milk) is used as a safe and natural way of blocking harmful microbial growth especially on raw meat.

In the human body, transport mechanisms such as lactoferrin are important because once nutrients arrive inside our bodies it is the network of proteins and pathways which make sure each essential nutrient is delivered to the right place, in the right quantity.

Lactoferrin is non-essential as our bodies produce it naturally. But it is one of the nutrients which is produced in decreasing quantities as we age. Given it’s important role in nutrient transportation around the body, a decrease in lactoferrin production could be a significant factor in ageing. Successful studies have been carried out demonstrating the positive impact of lactoferrin supplementation on the bone health of post-menopausal women and I’m sure there will be more similar studies in the future.

We use lactoferrin in combination with some specific ingredients in a number of the Truenordic products and we have worked with one of the most significant lactoferrin researchers, Dr. N. Naidu Ph.D., in developing these products.

We wanted true supplements to include lactoferrin due to its antimicrobial and potential probiotic properties within the digestive system and most significantly its role as a transportation mechanism for other nutrients. When combined with the right nutrients it can have a huge impact. It is one way of us ensuring that Truenordic supplements are the most effective.

Like with all products that are derived from natural sources, some sources of lactoferrin are much better than others. The lactoferrin we use is some of the purest in the world and comes from the milk of happy, grass fed cows in New Zealand. It is isolated from fresh milk in New Zealand an purified using a multi-patented process and then transported to Norway where it is added into both true vita products as well as turned into ribonuclease-enriched lactoferrin which is included in true core.

I will leave the introduction to Lactoferrin here but there is plenty more to learn. If you have any questions just ask. You can contact us any time on support@ truenordic.com.

If you are not taking true vita™ yet, I would recommend trying it! A patented form of lactoferrin is included in true vita™ vitamin and mineral supplement and true core™ heart health supplement. You will find both products in the Truenordic shop.

Harriet Endean,
Brand & Communications