Bovine Lactoferrin is a Broad Spectrum Anti-Viral
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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You may have seen some of the recent headlines trying to whip up concern over a bird flu pandemic, claiming that the current bird flu strains being identified are only three mutations away from a pandemic strain. Of course, the public health machine is trying to create the herd mentality for their experimental flu vaccines. In the final analysis, your natural immune defense is the only real weapon you have. A new study shows that bovine lactoferrin is an important immune boosting nutrient you can employ as part of an overall immune boosting personal program.
We know that overweight people have depressed levels of salivary lactoferrin, which puts them at risk for serious flu infection. We know that immune cells must make lactoferrin if they are to defend you. We know that lactoferrin is a key component of breast milk, providing helpful immunity to the youngest of us. We know that hundreds of studies show that bovine lactoferrin is a potent immune support compound, including recent studies that show how bovine lactoferrin actually manages your own immune cells to help coordinate your immune response to any infection.
A new Italian study has taken apart the bovine lactoferrin molecule and identified precisely how it inhibits the flu virus. The mechanism the researchers identified shows that bovine lactoferrin is a broad spectrum anti-viral that will be helpful against any kind of flu virus. The researchers sum up their findings this way, “Besides contributing to explain the broad anti-influenza activity of bovine lactoferrin, our findings lay the foundations for exploiting bovine lactoferrin fragments as source of potential anti-influenza therapeutics.”
Don’t expect public health officials or the FDA to let anyone know about this natural and safe method of immune support that has been a mainstay of Mother Nature for centuries. Expect the opposite, as uninformed people line up for dubious flu vaccines misguidedly thinking they now have superior protection. The only superior protection you will ever have is your own immune system. And it will only be superior if you employ multiple natural strategies to enable it to perform in an optimal way, especially if tested.
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