Reduces gut infections
Lactoferrin is also evident in human breast milk being one of the more abundant whey proteins. Research has shown lactoferrin to have a range of biological functions including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant including positive immune system effects. This protein has the ability to bind iron. Knowing this, infant formulas supplemented with Lactoferrin are helpful in protecting infants against gut infections. Lactoferrin also has a demonstrated inhibitory effect on a number of viruses and is thought to bind directly to viral particles and inhibit their replication. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.