A healthy digestive system is crucial to your well-being. But what exactly does it mean to have a healthy digestive system? Generally speaking, an intact gut mucosa and a balanced microbiome are the two main components of a healthy gut. Disruptions to either of these components can contribute to digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or diverticulitis, for example. Both of these conditions can lead to uncomfortable and painful symptoms and have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

Luckily, there are many digestive health supplements that can help to restore a healthy gut. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all supplements are created equal. When choosing a digestive health supplement, it’s important to consider the efficacy, quality, and purity of the ingredients used. In this post we’ll be discussing why the purity of your digestive health supplements matters.

Defining purity

In regard to bovine lactoferrin digestive health supplements, the term “purity” indicates the functional absence of bacterial endotoxin in the product. Endotoxins are lipopolysaccharides (LPS), which can be found in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. It was originally theorized that endotoxin was only released after the death of the bacteria. However, it is now a known fact that bacteria release small amounts of endotoxin as a part of their normal metabolism. Exposure to bacterial endotoxin can elicit a strong immune response, as well as induce inflammatory responses in the digestive system.

You may be thinking: how could a harmful toxin be present in a digestive health supplement? The answer is simple: the ingredients and the way the ingredients are processed matters, especially when it comes to purity.

Take bovine lactoferrin for example. The Acacia bovine lactoferrin is harvested and purified from cow’s milk. However, the vast majority of global bovine lactoferrin production comes from cheese whey, which is otherwise a waste by-product of the cheese making process. Cheese whey is used because this is the cheapest way to produce “supplement grade” material for which there are no generally accepted quality standards. As you may know, cheaper does not necessarily mean better. And in this case, there are consequences of using cheese whey when making a digestive health supplement.

The very process of producing cheese leads to by-product contamination from mold, yeast, and most importantly bacteria. Degraded lactoferrin produces protein fragments and large quantities of bacterial endotoxin. It is common for cheese whey derived lactoferrin to contain >500 endotoxin units per milligram. For consumers interested in the immune support characteristics of bovine lactoferrin this is precisely the wrong outcome.

Acacia bovine lactoferrin is harvested from fresh cow’s milk immediately after it is pasteurized and fat is skimmed. The result of this choice and rigorous processing methods is that Acacia bovine lactoferrin contains less than 1 endotoxin unit per milligram and is >95% pure, whole protein. This extraordinarily pure profile allows our bovine lactoferrin to function in the important ways that nature has intended, and that science has explored.

It’s clear that the purity of your digestive health supplements matters when you are seeking their immune support characteristics. If you’re suffering from a digestive disorder, such as diverticulitis or IBS, your gut is already in a sensitive and inflamed state. If your digestive supplements are not pure, you could be exposing your gut to impurities and toxins, such as bacterial endotoxin, that could worsen your condition.

What is Acacia?

Acacia is the name we have given our purified bovine lactoferrin. We have chosen the name Acacia for our product because it draws attention to the multiple purposes that Lactoferrin plays in human health, just as the Acacia plant presents in many forms for many purposes.

The most consistently reported health benefit of bovine Lactoferrin is the ability to inhibit overproduction of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1(b), IL-6, and TNFa. As a digestive health supplement, bovine lactoferrin can help to normalize these inflammatory mediators.

While we believe deeply in the health benefits of bovine lactoferrin, it’s important to keep in mind that many of the proposed benefits still require further research. Studies examining the health benefits of bovine lactoferrin offer encouraging results, but have not yet been reviewed by FDA as part of a comprehensive submission to determine a benefit/risk profile. Importantly, most of the studies published are not based upon the same purity standards, including for endotoxin, which makes it difficult if not impossible to link clear interpretations of results across those various studies.

Since it’s clear that the purity of your digestive health supplements matter, you will have peace of mind with the Acacia purified bovine lactoferrin as it is the very highest purity bovine Lactoferrin available anywhere. Additionally, this supplement is gluten-free and manufactured to both vegetarian and Kosher standards.