Lactalbumin, alpha-, also known as LALBA, is a protein that in humans is encoded by theLALBA gene.



Alpha-lactalbumin may improve mood, increase metabolism after meals, improve memory, prevent diabetes and fight cancer. Alpha-lactalbumin is a bioactive milk protein found in acid whey. Whey protein typically contains 20-25% α-LA.


  • Alpha-lactalbumin may improve memoryDepressed and non-depressed people given a one-day diet of alpha-lactalbumin enriched meals showed improved abstract visual memory compared to when the same people consumed a one-day diet rich in casein (Booij et al. 2006). There was no change in mood between the two one-day days. One day is most likely not long enough to examine the effects of α-LA on mood.
  • Alpha-lactalbumin increases endogenous antioxidantsWhen α-LA is broken down (hydrolyzed) by the body it releases cysteine. Cysteine is a precursor to glutathione (GSH), a vital internal antioxidant.
  • Alpha-lactalbumin may inhibit cancer cellsAlpha-lactalbumin inhibits human colon cancer cells and human breast cancer cells (Sternhagen and Allen 2001, Thompson et al. 1992).


No side effects are available.


None are recorded.

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