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Probiotics vs Lactoferrin, which one is better in improving immunity?

Release date:2022-07-19
Summer is coming, babies can easily catch cold every three or five weeks. It is normal for new moms to feel distressed under this situations, thus questions reading the efficacies of ‘lactoferrin’ and ‘probiotics’ came up, which one works better? Both lactoferrin and probiotics claim to improve immunity. How should I choose for my baby? Who is a good choice for boosting immunity?

Probiotics are a class of active microorganisms that are beneficial to the host. They are the general term for active beneficial microorganisms that colonize the human intestine and reproductive system and can produce definite health effects to improve the host's micro-ecological balance and play a beneficial role.

Functions of probiotics?

1、Maintain gastrointestinal health

A sufficient amount of probiotics can inhibit the reproduction of harmful bacteria and maintain the balance of intestinal microecology. Once the number of beneficial probiotics is reduced, harmful bacteria will prevail, and various digestive tract diseases such as indigestion, acute and chronic enteritis, and constipation are prone to occur. Infants and young children with imperfect immune function are more vulnerable to the threat of harmful bacteria and need to pay attention to the lack of probiotics.

2、Reduce the side effects of antibiotics

Antibiotics are like carpet bombers, killing harmful bacteria as well as good bacteria and damaging the intestinal mucosa. The metabolites of probiotics can provide nutrients for intestinal repair. When antibiotics are used in the treatment of infectious diarrhea and respiratory tract infections, the use of probiotics can restore the balance of the flora as soon as possible.

Therefore, probiotics are mainly aimed at the following groups of people:

1、Gastrointestinal diseases: acute and chronic diarrhea, constipation, stomatitis (baby thrush, bacterial oral ulcer);

2、Allergic: eczema, allergic enteritis, allergic cough, etc.

3、Malnutrition Absorption: Frequent non-infectious diarrhea, malnutrition, partial eclipse, accumulation of food, abdominal distension;

4、Taking antibiotics: It should be noted that if the two need to be eaten together, they should be separated by at least two hours, so as to ensure that probiotics can play a corresponding physiological role in adjusting the imbalance and disorder of the flora;

5、Neonatal jaundice: Probiotics can promote intestinal peristalsis and accelerate the excretion of bilirubin.


Lactoferrin (LF) is one of the main components of whey protein, an important non-heme iron binding agent in milk, one of the important members of the non-specific immune system in the mother, and the core immune system in breast milk. protein.

Functions of Lactoferrin?

Studies have found that lactoferrin not only participates in iron metabolism, promotes iron absorption, improves iron-deficiency anemia, but also has antibacterial, microbial, antiviral and immune regulation functions. Therefore, lactoferrin is suitable for:

1.Babies who are not breastfed;

2. People with low immunity;

3. After the baby has undergone surgery or is recovering from a serious illness;

4. People with chronic diseases.

In summary, lactoferrin and probiotics interact with each other in the mechanisms of improving and regulating immunity, but there are also differences, and parents can choose according to their needs. Of course, the supplement is also very good.