Lactoferrin containing physiological amounts of iron is an inhibitor of lipid peroxidation induced by iron(III) salts and ascorbic acid. It might therefore help to protect neutrophils, inflammatory foci and secretions from metal-ion-dependent oxidative damage.
Inhibition of lipid peroxidation by the iron-binding protein lactoferrin
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John M. C. Gutteridge, Suzanne K. Paterson, Anthony W. Segal, Barry Halliwell; Inhibition of lipid peroxidation by the iron-binding protein lactoferrin. Biochem J 1 October 1981; 199 (1): 259–261. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1990259
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