SPLASH! milk science update: June 2014 issue

This month’s issue features articles about prevention of tumor growth in mice by fermented milk, the influence of celiac disease on breast milk composition, fighting disease and health enhancement by bovine lactoferrin. Enjoy!

Fermented Milk Prevents Tumor Growth in Mice

Fermented Milk Prevents Tumor Growth in Mice

A promising recent development for fighting cancer is the treatments based on activating the immune system of the patient to fight the disease. Investigators recently reported that laboratory mice fed fermented milk had slowed tumor growth due to modulation of the immune response and reduced inflammation. Read More...

Celiac Disease Influences Breast Milk Composition

Celiac Disease Influences Breast Milk Composition

Nearly 1% of Americans suffer from the autoimmune disorder called celiac disease. For these people, the digestion of foods containing gluten causes the immune system to attack the lining of their small intestine, resulting in inflammation that prevents absorption of nutrients. But can it also influence breast milk composition? A new study reports that mothers with celiac disease produce milk with lower concentrations of protective factors, including antibodies and probiotic bacteria. Read More...

Prescriptions for Bovine Lactoferrin

Prescriptions for Bovine Lactoferrin

The anti-microbial milk protein lactoferrin appears to fight Crohn’s disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, diarrhea, cancer and osteoarthritis. As it also promotes bone growth it holds the promise of treating degenerative bone disease. This common protein may be just the prescription that the doctor orders. Read More...

Adding Bovine Lactoferrin to the Mix

Adding Bovine Lactoferrin to the Mix

The anti-bacterial, ion-binding protein in human and bovine milk is approved for use in infant formula in Spain, South Korea and Japan, but the FDA has not approved its use in the US. If Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status is eventually granted by the FDA, its potential health benefits if added to infant formula may be substantial. Read More...