Italian Investigators Demonstrate that Lactoferrin Supplements Inhibit COVID-19

Italian Investigators Demonstrate that Lactoferrin Supplements Inhibit COVID-19

A group of Italian researchers have discovered that Lactoferrin, a multifunctional protein of the transferrin family and widely representative in secretory fluids—from milk to saliva and tears—is also sold as an over-the-counter (OTC) supplements that based on recent study indicates, according to the authors ,the potential and safe supplementary role of intranasal liposomal bovine lactoferrin (bLf) in the management of mild-to-moderate and symptomatic COVID-19 patients.

Recently, researchers from Italy published the results of an interesting clinical trial in frontiers in Pharmacology. Does Lactoferrin, a multifunctional cationic glycoprotein secreted by exocrine glands and neutrophils, possess an antiviral activity extending to SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19?

Preclinical Research

First, the team sought out to test its hypothesis via in vitro assays providing lactoferrin antiviral activity through direct attachment of both virus and cell surface components as the team communicates in their abstract. With various results based on levels of concentration, the in silico results strongly supported the team’s hypothesis of detection involving both lactoferrin and the Sp...

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