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Lactoferrin - a natural alternative for hay fever and allergic asthma?
Worldwide, about 25 % of the population is affected by pollen allergy or hay fever. In Germany, about 12 million people (14.8 %) suffer from hay fever, which is the number one allergic disease. It usually affects the upper respiratory tract. The most common complaints include sneezing attacks, runny nose and itchy eyes, but also a decrease in performance, poor sleep quality and general exhaustion are among the accompanying symptoms. Can lactoferrin be a natural alternative for this?
The potentially protective role of lactoferrin in atherosclerosis
Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and represent an immense health but also economic burden. It is therefore important to exploit and promote preventive options at an early stage.
Lactoferrin can be a significant factor here at 3 points.
Neuroprotective role of lactoferrin
A recent publication discusses the neuroprotective role of lactoferrin (Lf) during early brain development and damage across the lifespan.
Recent research suggests that early neuroprotective pathways modulated by Lf may prevent neurodegeneration through anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory processes.
Thus, Lf may have the potential to support brain development and cognition through nutrition and prevent the development of neuropsychiatric disorders later in life.
Lactoferrin and common colds
Respiratory tract infections (RTI's) are responsible for a significant number of morbidity and mortality worldwide. They are among the top 10 leading causes of death worldwide and are among the leading causes of death in children under 5 years of age.1
Therefore, supporting the immune system is an important issue especially in the current season at the peak of RTI`s.
In recent years, the positive effects of lactoferrin (Lf) on common infectious diseases such as the common cold or flu infection have been repeatedly reported. Lf could be a key factor in supporting the immune system and preventing colds.
Lactoferrin - the "miracle molecule" for every phase of life
The human body is exposed to harmful influences such as environmental pollutants, toxins, pathogens and disease processes throughout its lifespan. Therefore, there is great interest in and need for appropriate therapeutics.
News from scientific research on COVID-19 and lactoferrin
The 15th International Lactoferrin Conference in December 2021 focused on presenting and discussing current research on lactoferrin and COVID-19, with exciting new study results (15th International Conference on Structure, Function and Application of Lactoferrin, Beijing, China 2021).
15th International Conference on Structure, Function and Application of Lactoferrin
The 15th International Lactoferrin Conference was held in Beijing, China from 6-10 December. The conference was hosted by Jianhua Wang PhD, professor at the Feed Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, whose research includes the bioactivity of lactoferrin.
Use of lactoferrin in iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy
A key function of Lactoferrin is the ability to regulate iron in the body. It belongs to the group of transferrins, and can pick up & distribute tri-valent iron. In this way, it can offer a therapeutic approach to problems with iron metabolism.
The human superorganism
Only a small part of our body is actually human! Most other cells are bacteria, but there are also eukaryotes, archaea and viruses. It is becoming increasingly clear that we are not only a host for these organisms, but that our microbiome, as it is collectively known, is separate part of every human being. A highly complex system – responsible for efficiently providing substances which are necessary for our lives.
A new approach to acne therapy?
Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, very common (up to 85%) in adolescents and young adults. The main symptoms are visible damage to the skin surface and generally oily skin. In the long term, the inflammatory processes can lead to scarring, which can have a significant psychological impact on those affected.
The oral cavity provides a rich environment for the most diverse and stable microbiome in the human body. The oral flora, like the intestinal microbiome, is an essential part of the human innate immune system. The microorganisms located there determine the balance between pathological and physiological states, which can have both local and systemic effects.
The immunological role of lactoferrin in virus defense
Lactoferrin is a multifunctional protein with many immunological properties, with many studies showing great potential in combating viruses. It is highly present at the external surfaces of the body and is as gentle as it is effective against viruses.