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Lactoferrin – Immune Booster – But From What Cows?

One of the supplements from www.angelaharris.com is called Immune Plus (the one on her website may be a variation of the one in her store).

Ingredients:

Colostrum – Organic New Zealand

Graviola

Lactoferin

Cats Claw

Echinacea Angustifolia Root

I researched Lactoferin and found the  following- IT PROMOTES NEW BONE GROWTH AND STOPS THE REMOVAL/LOSS OF BONE.

I understand whey is one source of lactoferin (but with mad cow disease, hormone injected cows, cattle factories, one should question the origin of the whey).

It’s about time to get our capsule machine out and make another bottle of immune plus – olostrum powder runs about $5 to $6 an ounce!

So I’m considering the variation on Angela’s website – it contains the following:

3 parts Cats Claw

1 part Pau d’Arco

1 part Astragalus Root

From what I understand, each herb is either very potent as an immune booster or is anticancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is Lactoferrin? Where is it found?

Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein that belongs to the transferrin family. It is found in both human and bovine milk. (Human breast milk and cows milk) and in colostrum, the first milk produced for newborns.

  1. What is its effect on bone?

It stimulates the activity of osteoblasts, the cells which build new bone. It also inhibits osteoclasts, the cells that remove old bone. Hence the interest for persons with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.

  1. How important is its activity?

When we compare its activity to the activity of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, we find that Lactoferrin can do what no pharmaceutical drug does – it can stimulates bone growth AND it slows the removal of bone.

Synthetic drugs used for the tratment of Ostepenai or Osteoporosis can only do one or the other of these tasks. Bisphosphonates (Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax) and Calcitonin ( Calcimar, Cibacalcin, Calsynar, Miacalcin, Osteocalcin and Salmonine) slow the removal of old bone by inhibiting the activity of osteoclasts. These drugs do nothing to stimulate osteoclasts to create new bone growth. Raloxifene (Evista) and Strontium ranlelate (Protelos) stimulates the growth of new bone but they do not inhibit the work of osteoclasts in their work of removing old bone. So this recent research showing a substance that can do both tasks is really quite exciting.

  1. How long have we known of its activity on bone?

The studies I found have all been quite recent. J. Cornish’s first publication about the substance was in the journal, Biometals in 2004.

Like most biological studies in their early stages, the research has been done on animals, in particular mice. And the tone is very careful, ‘it maybe beneficial…” etc.

If you have read any of the early studies by Fujita of Japan about AAA Calcium, you will recognize the tone. Scientists are very cautious and early articles are very tentative suggesting that the results will have direct application to the widespread treatment of human conditions.

  1. Are there other beneficial properties of Lactoferrin besides bone growth?

Yes, there is a June 2005 study from Poland that states: “Lactoferrin (LF) exhibits antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, antiparasitice, and antitumoral activities. It is protective with regard to intestinal epithelium, promotes bone growth, and accelerates the recovery of immune system function in immunocompromised animals.” Reference:Postepy Hig Med Dosw.2005 Jun 30;59:309-23.

  1. Is there a pharmaceutical drug yet? Can I get prescription?

No, there is no approved drug for the treatment of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis with lactoferrin. I do not know if there every will be. To get one, a drug company would need to create a synthetic (patentable) form and they conduct the various clinical trials required for drug approval.

  1. How can I use lactoferrin?

Most people interested in lactofoferrin use whey protein as their source. There are some special cautions about using whey.

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NOTOCHEMO’S CONCLUSION: There are so many herbs to choose from – I think it is important to talk to an experienced herbalist and understand combinations.

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September 5, 2009 - Posted by | No To Chemo

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