Lactoferrin Osteopenia Osteoporosis remedy!
Summary: Lactoferrin is found in human and bovine milk may have a place in Osteopenia or Osteoporosis remedies because it has been found to be effective in promoting bone growth. It stimulates osteoblasts, the bone building cells, and inhibits osteoclasts, the bone removing cells.
The Internet offers access to International studies and that access helps those of us interested in reading research related to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. Most of the published studies about this substance and bone growth come from New Zealand. Jillina Cornish, PhD of the University of Auckland has led the way. Others studies are from Poland and the Netherlands.
There is a link to abstracts of these research articles towards the end of this page. Meantime, here is a list of:
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is Lactoferrin? Where is it found?
This 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.
- 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.
- 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 treatment of Ostepenia 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.
- 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 may be 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.
- 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.
- Is there a pharmaceutical drug yet? Can I get prescription?
No, there is no approved drug for the treatment of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis with this substance. 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.
- How can I use lactoferrin?
Most people use whey protein as their source. Three are some special cautions about using whey.
If you are interested in reading about whey protein, go to Lactoferrin and whey
Check out the scientific abstracts about lactoferringo to Recent abstracts
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