8 compelling reasons to take Lactoferrin
Lactoferrin is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to take, at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
Lactoferrin is safe for children to take at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
Lactoferrin is safe for the elderly to take at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
Here are 8 compelling reasons why –
- Lactoferrin activates and proliferates dendritic cells in the respiratory tract.
These cells are immune defence cells. Their main function is to process antigen material and present it on the cell surface to the T cells of the immune system. They act as messengers between the innate and the adaptive immune systems. This is usually the first point of contact with a respiratory virus, so this is where the battle starts. If these cells activate quickly and in enough numbers, then infection can be dealt with quickly.
- Lactoferrin decreases the ‘cytokine storm’ that increases the chance of mortality with Covid-19.
Diseases such as Covid-19 and influenza can be fatal due to an overreaction of the body’s immune system called a cytokine storm. Cytokines are small proteins released by many different cells in the body, including those of the immune system where they coordinate the body’s response against infection and trigger inflammation. Down regulating this storm is vital to avoid a greater risk of complications.
- Lactoferrin proliferates T cells.
T cells (also called T lymphocytes) are one of the major components of the adaptive immune system. Their roles include directly killing host cells infected by viruses, activating other immune cells, producing cytokines and regulating the immune response. The virus destroying cells are especially important in a viral infection. Lactoferrin also improves the T cells’ memory of the pathogen, so that the immune system can be more quickly activated in the future.
- Lactoferrin inhibits viral entry into human cells.
Because viruses are not living, they can only replicate within host cells. Denying them entry into those cells is an absolute limiting factor on the infection. No viral entry, no replication, no infection.
If the virus does enter the cell, Lactoferrin acts on the virus by way of the interferon cytokine which can kill the virus in the cell.
- Lactoferrin boosts both innate and adaptive immunity.
The first line of defence against non-self pathogens is the innate immune response. The innate immune response consists of physical, chemical and cellular defenses against pathogens. The main purpose of the innate immune response is to immediately prevent the spread and movement of foreign pathogens throughout the body.
The second line of defense against non-self pathogens is called adaptive immune response. Adaptive immunity is also referred to as acquired immunity or specific immunity. The adaptive immune response is specific to the pathogen presented. You can find out more about Lactoferrin and immunity here.
- Lactoferrin is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to take, at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
- Lactoferrin is safe for children to take at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
- Lactoferrin is safe for the elderly to take at the recommended dose of one capsule per day.
It is no coincidence that the immune systems of our more senior citizens are much less effective than our younger citizens, and that they are much more prone to infections. T cell production, one of the mainstays of the immune function, becomes impaired with advancing years. It has been noted by doctors in America, however, that reversal of this atrophy can take place with both Colostrum and Lactoferrin supplementation. Clearly this is very important in these days of Covid-19.
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