Lactoferrin is a protein found in breast milk and other bodily fluids. This substance plays a part in the development of a newborn immune system. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and may have some cancer-fighting value. It is also found in bovine milk.

The highest concentration of lactoferrin in milk is found in the first milk produced after birth.

Some of the therapeutic uses are:

  • Some of the therapeutic uses may be:
    • Aiding in the growth of good bacteria in the intestines
    • Anti-inflammation
    • Candida albicans
    • Leukemia (and some other cancers) support
    • Ocular disturbances
    • Protection against bacteria, viruses and parasites
    • Regulation of bone marrow function
    • Safely regulating iron metabolism
    • Strengthening the immune system
    • Treatment of diarrhea
    • Treatment of Hepatitis C
    • Treatment of HIV
    • Treatment of stomach and intestinal ulcers

    Like most supplements, there are few studies, so it is impossible to say without reservation that it is safe for pregnant and nursing women, except when ingested as food rather than in large doses as a supplement.


    Side effects have been reported, none life-threatening.


    Some people take 100 mg per day for general immune support.