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The importance of the intestinal microbiota

By 9 March 2020No Comments

The importance of the intestinal microbiota in the absorption of iron

What is the microbiota? The microbiota is the set of all micro-organisms that inhabit inside and on the surface of our body.

When the intestinal microbiota is altered by various factors such as a diet rich in fats or carbohydrates or by stress, the absorption capacity of iron is reduced.

Saccharomyces Boulardii a yeast, helps our intestinal microbiota to restore the equilibrium conditions (eubiosis) which favor the absorption of iron and other minerals in the intestine.


What is lactoferrin

Lactoferrin is a protein found in breast milk and colostrum, it has the function of transporting iron. Useful in iron deficiency, it regulates the production of hepcidin, a hormone produced by the liver, which if in excess limits the transport of iron in the blood. Lactoferrin manages to balance this fundamental step by helping the iron to pass into the blood, where it will then be taken to the various tissues and used.