Background: Recently also food supplements for adults containing lactoferrin have appeared
on the market. Recent experimental results support the proposal that oral supplements of bovine lactoferrin
may be a useful adjunct in the modulation of immune activity, in particular T-cell activation and antioxidant
Objective: The present research shows as it is possible to determine in a successfully and inexpensive
way, respectively using an immunosensor and an enzyme sensor, both the lactoferrin content, and the
total antioxidant capacity values in real samples. Food samples analyzed to this purpose have been food
integrators containing lactoferrin, available in drug stores, edible animal milk samples and dairy derivatives,
such as powdered milk, or yogurt.
Method: Using two sensors, optimized in previous researches, we simultaneously measured lactoferrin
concentration and antioxidant capacity in food supplements sold in drugstores as well as in cow, goat,
powdered milk and in yoghurt.
Results: It was also tried to verify if exists between found lactoferrin content and total antioxidant capacity
data values, any correlation. Actually some correlation has been found in milk samples, but only in
one of the analyzed food integrators this correlation has been evidenced. Results emphasize as the lactoferrin
content was clearly shown to contribute to the total antioxidant capacity in both food supplements
and various milk and milk derivative samples.
Conclusion: The present research also proved that it was possible to perform a suitable and fast determination
of lactoferrin in the food supplements tested and to compare the lactoferrin concentration, declared
by the manufacturers, with the experimental measure content value, using an inexpensive immunosensor,
instead other more complex and costly instrumental methods. At this stage of the research it was not always
possible to prove a direct correlation between lactoferrin concentration and (TAOC) value in all
examined food supplements, as some other molecules with a well known high antioxidant capacity are
present in the analyzed food supplements.