MBP is a component of whey consisting of several different biologically active proteins, including angiogenin, cystatin C and lactoferrin. Six human clinical studies (including four double-blind placebo-controlled trials) have shown that MBP increases bone mineral density in both young and elderly adults.*
Although milk is high in protein, MBP accounts for only a small fraction of its overall protein content. Therefore, it is not practical to ingest a therapeutic dose of MBP through the consumption of dairy products.
Mechanism of Action
Human clinical research has shown that MBP maintains normal bone metabolism and structure.* It works by:
- Encouraging healthy bone remodeling.* MBP increases the number of osteoblasts (cells that build bone) and inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone).*
- Promoting collagen formation.* Calcium is needed for bone strength, but without collagen, it has no place to attach to the bones. By increasing collagen production, MBP helps calcium adhere to bone.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.