Lactase – Learn How It Can Help You

Lactase – What Is It?

lactaseLactase is one of many ingredients in the Tikva product. It is an enzyme that hydrolyzes milk sugar (lactose) into its component parts, glucose and galactose, and assists in the digestion dairy products such as, ice cream, milk and cheese. Nutritionists estimate that 10-20% of the U.S. population is lactose intolerant, meaning they have an inability to break down lactose in many of the dairy products they eat.

Some ethnic groups have much higher levels of lactose intolerance. For example, research suggests that up to 75% of all African-Americans and Native Americans, and 90% of Asian-Americans experience at least some difficulty digesting milk sugar. But these are not the only people who may be susceptible to an imbalance in their gut. Certain digestive diseases and even minor injuries to the intestines can alter our enzyme balance.

The body naturally produces the lactase enzyme in the brush border of our small intestines, unless we are lactose intolerant. Lactase production is particularly high when we are infants because lactose accounts for roughly 40% of the total calorie content of breast milk.

- Health Benefits

Lactase Health Benefits

Lactose Intolerance

Animal-based lactase has been used for many years by people with lactose intolerance, now increasing research shows that plant-based offers some exciting evidence that it can offer just as many health benefits. A recent review published in the 2008 ÔÇťAlternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic found it to be an effective support for digestive imbalances.

Reduction in gas and bloating

lactase ibsClinical research examining the health benefits, has found that it may offer prevention and reduction of flatulence in human beings. Placebo-based studies show that it can significantly lower belching, hydrogen production, bloating and other symptoms of flatulence in individuals that are deficient.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The aforementioned research suggests that similar enzymes may play a role in the reduction of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This further leads us to the conclusion that supplementing with a lactase enzyme may help the estimated 1-in-5 Americans who have irritable bowel syndrome.

Inflammation in the digestive tract

Studies suggest that a reduced amount of intestinal lactase enzyme activity may contribute to diarrhea, infection, mucosal presence and other inflammatory responses in the gut. Supplementing may ease inflammatory responses such as indigestion, loose stools and sinus inflammation. To avoid these issues, supplementation may be an excellent idea.

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