We at Leapfrog are passionate about the multiple health benefits of Lactoferrin and are often to be found standing on our soap boxes (or sitting for an Insta Live) extolling its virtues. If you're looking for supplements that work and wondering "What is Lactoferrin?" here's a little reminder why Lactoferrin is a hero ingredient at Leapfrog, and what it can do for your health and wellbeing.
Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein found in the milk (and colostrum) of humans and other mammals - in fact, as such it is older than the human race! It belongs to the transferrin family of proteins and plays a crucial role in the innate immune system as well as other physiological processes. It's benefits are so wide-ranging, it's known by scientists as "The Swiss Army Knife of the Human Host Defence System."
The Low Down on Lactoferrin:
Function: Lactoferrin is primarily known for its antimicrobial properties. It helps protect the body against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections by binding to iron and depriving microorganisms of this essential nutrient (without iron bacteria starve!) Lactoferrin also possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory activities.
Immune System Support: Lactoferrin enhances the immune response by promoting the activity of various immune cells, including macrophages, neutrophils, and natural killer cells. It can help regulate the immune system, promoting a balanced response to pathogens. It's the ultimate immune system booster.
Iron Binding: Lactoferrin has a high affinity for iron, binding to it tightly and preventing its availability for microorganisms. This iron-binding property is crucial in inhibiting the growth and replication of bacteria and other pathogens that require iron for their survival.
Gut Health: Lactoferrin is present in significant amounts in human breast milk, and it plays a role in promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. This helps maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora and supports your digestive health.
Antioxidant Activity: Lactoferrin exhibits antioxidant properties, which means it can neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. This antioxidant activity helps reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, thereby contributing to overall health and well-being.
Other Benefits: That's not all! Research shows Lactoferrin has myriad other benefits, such as promoting wound healing, supporting bone health, modulating the immune response in autoimmune diseases, and even having potential anticancer effects. At Leapfrog we are always keeping an eye out for the latest scientific data on Lactoferrin.
Leapfrog's Lactoferrin is carefully extracted from premium cow's milk in Northern France during a complex process that ensures its bioactivity remains intact. You'll find Lactoferrin in both Leapfrog IMMUNE and Leapfrog SNOOZE.
Leapfrog IMMUNE contains 250mg of Lactoferrin to support your immune system, in a delicious citrus flavoured chewable tablet. Chew one tablet daily, or take one to two tablets daily at the onset of an infectious episode (suitable from age 4).
Leapfrog SNOOZE contains 50mg of Lactoferrin to help improve sleep quality and assist with inflammation, in a chewable tablet that's berry flavoured. Take between 1 - 4 per day for anxiety, stress or sleep issues (suitable from age 7).