Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant.1 Lactose intolerance is a condition caused by an insufficient amount of lactase. Lactase is the enzyme in the small intestine that digests lactose (a dairy sugar). Normally, lactase breaks lactose down into galactose and glucose that can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. When there is not enough lactase to digest the amount of lactose consumed, water is retained in the bowel, which results in bloating and diarrhea. Lactose that passes into the large intestine is fermented by bacteria. This produces carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane, which may lead to bloating, cramping and gas.
Certain ethnic and racial populations are more widely affected than others. As many as 75 percent of all African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans are lactose intolerant.1 The condition is least common among persons of northern European descent.
Some causes of lactose intolerance are well known. For instance, certain digestive diseases and injuries to the small intestine can reduce the amount of enzymes produced. In rare cases, children are born without the ability to produce the enzyme lactase. For most people though, lactase deficiency is a condition that develops with age. After about the age of two years, the body begins to produce less lactase. However, many people may not experience symptoms until they are much older. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include occasional bloating, cramps, gas and diarrhea. These discomforts usually occur thirty minutes to two hours after ingesting lactose containing foods. The severity of symptoms usually depends on the amount of lactose ingested and how much of the enzyme lactase remains in the intestinal tract.
With this in mind, Enzymedica’s Lacto is formulated for those who have difficulty digesting foods that contain dairy.*
This formula contains the highest amount of lactase found in Enzymedica’s products, along with eight additional enzymes to support digestion of the whole meal.* By taking Lacto with meals that contain lactose, you are providing your body with the enzymes needed for proper digestion of not only dairy sugar (lactose) but dairy protein and fats.* Some individuals who think they are lactose intolerant may actually be intolerant to the milk protein called casein or to milk fat. To provide assistance in digesting their components, Lacto additionally contains lipase and protease Thera-blend™ enzymes.
1 Lactose Intolerance: Information for Health Care Providers. January 2006. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institute of Health Publication No. 05-5305B.
Take 1 capsule of Lacto™ at the beginning of each meal that contains dairy. More may be taken as needed.