Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
This is not medical advice, I have written this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
Lactoferrin has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. So much so they are now looking at it to see if it will prevent Covid infection. It is an ACE inhibitor which would prevent Covid from attaching to cells. NETs are over activated during Covid infection causing a lot of damage. Lactoferrin helps to reduce the expression of NETs which may prevent the damage if someone is infected with Covid. Lactoferrin has been found to inhibit viruses like herpes, papillomavirus and many others from attaching to cells.
Lactoferrin reduces inflammation in the gut and increases the good gut microbes. Lactoferrin helps reduce the risk of intestinal cancer. Lactoferrin helps to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis.
Excess iron or excess FE3 iron can cause damage to the body and brain. Lactoferrin helps reduce oxidized iron and helps to restore iron homeostasis. IL-6 is upregulated during infection which causes iron homeostasis to be disrupted. This can cause a person to show symptoms of anemia even though they may show high iron levels. The iron is in a form the body cannot use. Lactoferrin inhibits IL-6 while reducing oxidized iron which restores iron homeostasis.
Lactoferrin also helps prevent sepsis during infection. It helps to balance the immune system and prevents excess upregulation of TH1. Lactoferrin is also a very potent anti-inflammatory and inflammation causes autoimmunity.
Lactoferrin has been found to reduce lung inflammation and improve the health of the lungs.
Lactoferrin was found to inhibit certain types of cancer.
Lactoferrin has been found to be effective at preventing urinary tract infection.
Lactoferrin can improve the health of the eyes.