Milk Specialties recently developed a proprietary process that allows for the manufacturing of a high alphalactalbumin (AlphpaLac) that also contains whey protein concentrate (80% protein). As a result of process optimization and economies of scale, Milk Specialties AlphaLac is remarkably affordable for traditional nutritional applications. Human milk contains a higher concentration of alphalactalbumin than bovine milk. Consequently, Milk Specialties AlphLac is recommended for infant milk applications, both dry and wet.
Alphalactalbumin is a major protein molecule found in milk, and has a high content of an essential amino acid called tryptophan (Trp). Trp is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate, amongst others, sleep, stress and anxiety. From a physiological standpoint, Trp competes with LNAA (Large Neutral Amino Acids) at the blood brain barrier. One of the key factors for achieving efficacy when using any alphalactalbumin containing ingredient, is the ability to obtain the optimal Trp:LNAA ratio. This ratio at an optimal level, ensures maximum passage of Trp at the blood barrier stage, therefore allowing for the synthesis of more serotonin.
Milk Specialties has designed ready to use prototypes formulations showcasing its AlphaLac ingredient for stress and sleep applications. Please let us know if you would be interested in receiving more information, or samples, of this wonderful new ingredient.
Below are a few additional studies that showcase the benefits of AlphaLac:
The effects of a diet enriched with alpha-lactalbumin on mood and cortisol response in unmedicated recovered depressed subjects and controls. Merens W, Booij L, Markus R, Zitman FG, Onkenhout W, Van der Does AJ. – Br J Nutr. 2005 Sep;94(3):415-22.
Effects of an acute alpha-lactalbumin manipulation on mood and food hedonics in high- and low-trait anxiety individuals. Verschoor E, Finlayson G, Blundell J, Markus CR, King NA. – Br J Nutr. 2010 Aug;104(4):595-602. doi: 10.1017/S0007114510000838. Epub 2010 Mar 23.