Some people worry about getting "mad cow disease" from lactoferrin that is taken from cows, but this risk is generally considered very small. Additionally, most lactoferrin supplements are produced from specially engineered rice.
Lactoferrin is used for diarrhea, swelling (inflammation) of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (hepatitis C), low levels of healthy red blood cells (anemia) due to iron deficiency, common cold, blood infection (sepsis), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
In industrial agriculture, lactoferrin is used to kill bacteria during meat processing.
How does it work ?
It also seems to protect against infections from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Lactoferrin seems to slow down the growth of bacteria by starving them of nutrients. It also destroys the walls around the bacteria. The lactoferrin contained in mother's milk is thought to help protect breast-fed infants against infections.
Lactoferrin also seems to be involved with the production of blood cells and how well the body fights off infections.
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