A New Zealand company has patented a novel milk fraction which has active and proven antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Extracted from some of the highest quality milk in the world, these natural immune defense proteins provide a powerful defensive shield against infection and support the body’s innate immune system.
Compared to other milk proteins, this proprietary broad-spectrum ingredient exhibits superior anti-bacterial inhibitory power against four common pathogens: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Cronobacter sakazakii and Klebsiella aerogenes compared with other bioactive proteins. It also provides effective microbiome supportdue to its selective antimicrobial activity – while it is a very effective inhibitor of many pathogens, it is far less effective in inhibiting commensal and probiotic species which are important for digestive and immune health. The immune defense proteins also provide effective anti-inflammatory inhibition. This was determined by measuring its ability to inhibit the inflammatory markers interleukin-6 IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor TNF- α-. The results for the immune defense proteins were comparable to Aspirin at the same concentration. In terms of antioxidant activity, the novel milk protein reports an ORAC value within the top 10 dried antioxidant fruits, vegetables and spices such as wild blueberry, elderberry and goji berry. Furthermore, the ingredient has been shown to work well with glucosamine and chondroitin in providing a more effective anti-inflammatory complex.
The ingredient is a naturally derived component of milk and its major constituents, lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase along with over 50 other milk defense proteins are all GRAS in various applications. In addition, the company employs a specialised extraction process which excludes potentially allergenic proteins and it does not contain lactose. Studies carried out demonstrate ingestion safety and no adverse effects for topical use.
The novel ingredient is a natural and effective solution to boost immunity and digestive health, as well as promote healthy ageing by providing natural protection from free radicals, inflammation and infection. As a potent inhibitor of harmful pathogens, along with its soothing anti-inflammatory and healing antioxidant effects, the milk protein can be particularly helpful for:
The ingredient has been successfully used in a number of applications including:
Other applications include but is not limited to:
The ingredient meets the growing consumer demand for safe, natural and effective solutions to boost immunity and digestive health. Benefits of the proprietary milk protein include:
The New Zealand company's expertise in research will provide the basis for the successful development and commercialisation of natural health products based on this novel milk protein.