What are the lactoferrin benefits for osteoporosis?
Your bones are a like a bank for calcium. When you eat calcium, the excess is deposited in your bones. When your body needs calcium it withdraws it from your bones. If you have a calcium deficit your bones can get weak and more likely to break.
There are two types of cells responsible for regulating your bone mass. Osteoblasts create bone and store the calcium. Osteoclasts break it down when the body withdraws the calcium. Obviously they need to stay in balance to maintain a strong skeleton. Osteoporosis is caused when your osteoclasts break down bone faster than your osteoblasts can create it.
Let’s look at the lactoferrin benefits for osteoporosis.
Lactoferrin Benefits for Osteoporosis
Soon after Nikken started selling their original bone health supplement another distributor found a study about lactoferrin published in Osteoporosis International about milk ribonuclease-enriched lactoferrin The conclusion of the study is that
R-ELF supplementation demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in bone resorption and increase in osteoblastic bone formation, to restore the balance of bone turnover within a short period.
The English translation is that milk ribonuclease-enriched lactoferrin supplements reduce bone loss and increase bone formation to restore the normal balance relatively quickly.
More Specifically How it Works
I found another study, “Lactoferrin – Novel Bone Growth Factor,” on the NCBI website under the US National Institutes of Health that goes more into the lactoferrin benefits for osteoporosis.
Lactoferrin can affect the creation of osteoblasts, the cells that create bone, and can restrict the formation of osteoclasts, the cells that destroy bone. That strongly shifts the balance toward increasing bone mass.
What is Lactoferrin
Lactoferrin is a protein that binds to iron and is found in most fluids secreted by the body. Milk, saliva and tears are three examples. Your body produces lactoferrin naturally and most lactoferrin supplements come from cows’ milk. Supplements should contain only the lactoferrin, not the lactose, so they shouldn’t be a problem for people who have problems with milk.
The paper on the NCBI website acknowledges lactoferrin’s ability to kill microbes and regulate a lot of the activities in your immune system and its ability to keep you safe. It also affects cell growth and development and the growth of bone marrow and everything that happens in your bone marrow. It also affects your body’s inflammatory response.
Lactoferrin further aids the body as a prebiotic. It helps to form substances that promote the balance of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.
Lactoferrin 2.0 is a lactoferrin supplement that comes from cows milk that has been highly refined to remove any contaminants that would make it difficult for your body to use it.
Of course, any statements about Lactoferrin 2.0 come with this disclaimer:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I cannot suggest that you will get any of the lactoferrin benefits for osteoporosis that I mentioned above with any of Nikken’s products. Further, I am a Nikken distributor and may earn a commission if you order any of Nikken’s products through the links on this page.
I’ve spent some time studying the potential benefits of lactoferrin and I find them amazing enough to supplement it myself. I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below. If you found this beneficial then I would appreciate it if you would share with your followers on social media.