Increase performance in athletes
According to FIFA, 30% of professional football players use anti-inflammatory drugs. Who hasn’t felt pain or exhaustion after physical activity? Competition or regular training can affect muscles or joints and cause damage or injury. Therefore, the body’s natural response to this is inflammation. Its signs are redness, swelling, pain or fatigue. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response.
Lactoferrin is now recognised as one of the very few bioactives that reduce inflammation. This is why many scientific studies support the anti-inflammatory action of lactoferrin.
Preventing iron deficiency
Athletes are often concerned about iron, as it is part of the haemoglobin in the blood and myoglobin in the muscles, contributing to the oxygen supply to the cells. Iron ensures that the muscles function properly. In addition, it helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy during exercise.
Endurance athletes such as long-distance runners, especially women and adolescents, are at high risk of anaemia. Intense training increases iron requirements, and exercise can deplete iron stores through sweating. Therefore, iron supplements are necessary.
In addition, lactoferrin is a well-known natural iron-binding protein found in milk or colostrum.
A clinical study was carried out on women runners who were supplemented for a period of 8 weeks with 450 mg of Lactoferrin together with 5 mg of iron. This study showed that the haematocrit parameters of the Lactoferrin group remained stable compared to the placebo group and 5 mg of iron, whose blood factors worsened.
This shows that Lactoferrin is a natural way to prevent iron deficiency in male and female athletes.