Our nutritional solutions provide high-quality bioactive proteins and prebiotics. These may have antimicrobial and antiviral effects, as well as modulating immune cell function and enhancing intestinal barrier function.
The trend towards proactively looking after our health continues to grow. The best medicine is preventative, and perhaps the prime example of this principle is our own amazing immune system.
Not surprisingly, consumer interest in immunity is at an all-time high, and as a result demand for supplements, ingredients and foods with immunity-supporting properties is accelerating1.
Now FrieslandCampina Ingredients is launching Biotis® Immune Health, the latest of three health benefit solution platforms under the Biotis® brand. Like our other platforms of Biotis® Gut Health and Biotis® Brain Health, our immune health platform represents a whole new era of ingredient science.
We’re opening up new opportunities for our customers by tapping into our many years of experience in this field. During this time, we’ve established ourselves as true world leaders in infant, performance and medical nutrition.
The human immune system is a breathtakingly sophisticated and complex triumph of evolution.
Our body seeks to maintain a state of physical and biochemical harmony and balance (called ‘homeostasis’), but this desirable state is constantly being threatened by invasion from disease-causing microbes such as bacteria and viruses.
These can enter our bodies through what we eat, through our skin (especially via wounds) and via the air that we breathe.
The immune system consists of dozens of different types of agents – specialist cells and biochemicals – whose sole job is to track down, identify and kill these pathogens.
At the same time these agents must ignore friendly bacteria and, of course, avoid over-reaction – attacking the body and its organs by mistake.
For centuries, dairy, health and immunity have gone hand in hand. Dairy products provide protein that helps to build and maintain muscles, but are also packed full of vitamins and minerals that support the immune system.
Because the creation of immunity begins at birth, milk has a central role, and so it isn’t surprising to find that many of the ingredients within dairy can help maintain a healthy immune system1-3.
Dairy can both help our immune system to stay active, but also prevent it becoming hyperactive4. Both human5 and cow’s milk6 have been shown to contain antigens, immune modulators, prebiotics7 and antimicrobials.
Lactoferrin is a globular glycoprotein found in human and bovine milk, which has been shown to provide multiple beneficial effects for immune health.
At Biotis® Immune Health, we are researching and developing the potential consumer benefits of lactoferrin, as well as exploring other complementary dairy ingredients and solutions in this rapidly growing area.
Antiviral – Antibacterial – Iron absorption
Lactoferrin is already widely known as a bioactive ingredient in many parts of the world.
Of those who are aware of the health benefits of lactoferrin, between 60 and 88 percent of consumers in the US, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and Indonesia regularly seek out products that contain it.
These consumers believe that lactoferrin reduces vulnerability to diseases and improves overall health and recovery. They tend to buy products containing lactoferrin as part of their daily health routine, or when they feel that they may be getting a cold.
Lactoferrin is gaining popularity in Europe as various research groups have independently published expectations that lactoferrin might be effective against COVID-191-4.
Recent clinical findings in Italy1 show that lactoferrin supplementation supports fast removal of the virus from the body. More controlled trials are ongoing to confirm efficacy.
1Campione et al., BioRxiv 2020:1–33; 2Serrano et al., Int J of Research in Health Sciences 8(1):8-15; 3Lang et al., PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e23710; 4Mirabelli et al., BioRriv 2020 bioRxiv. 2020 Jun preprint.
Thanks to FrieslandCampina Ingredients’ expertise in lactoferrin production and our cutting-edge separation technique, Biotis® Lactoferrin features the highest and most consistent quality level on the global market.
FrieslandCampina Ingredients controls the entire supply chain for Biotis® Lactoferrin, using our own raw milk for production, as well as gentle heat treatments to preserve nativity and immune bioactivity.
We work directly with our customers to help them deliver exciting new products and innovations to market, advising them all the way from concept to prototype to full product launch.
For example, we are exploring prototype consumer products that can supply immunity-supporting nutrients in the most natural and convenient way.
So join us as we explore the possibilities for better immune health, globally.