Lactoferrin is a type of protein found in breastmilk that is responsible for baby’s immune system development. Lactoferrin stimulates the immune system by blocking harmful bacteria and viruses from entering the cells, and by stimulating immune cells and gut microflora. Lactoferrin also plays a role in protecting the intestinal lining, so that nutrients are more readily absorbed. Another key feature of lactoferrin is that it contains iron, a critical nutrient for overall growth and development.
In toddlers, lactoferrin derived from cow’s milk has been shown to reduce symptoms of upper and lower respiratory infections , as well as preventing illness from gut parasites, such as Giardia . Our lactoferrin is a standardized form, derived from cow’s milk from premium Victorian dairy sources.
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