Do You React to Milk & Dairy Products?
Saturday, January 1st 2005
Over 70% of the world's population have difficulty digesting lactose.
Lactose is commonly known as "milk sugar". Dairy products contain varying amounts of lactose with milk, ice-cream and yoghurt containing significant amounts. Cheese does not contain much lactose.
Normally all these dairy products are easily digested by the enzyme lactase in the small intestine. Lactase is found on the surface of the villi lining the small intestine. However, absence of lactase in these cells or damage from Crohn's disease, ulcerativecolitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric surgery or the use of antibiotics and other drugs can result in an inability to digest lactose.
If lactose reaches the large intestine (colon) then fermentation by bacteria occurs causing colic, flatulence and frothy diarrhea. Symptoms commonly occur about 30 minutes after food by with children it may only result in recurrent abdominal pain.
Unfortunately many people suffer needlessly and may eliminate all dairy products from their diets. Nature's Way Lactase capsules contain the enzyme to supplement the lactase produced by the body. Nature's Way Lactase may be used before or during a meal which includes dairy products. Once the Lactase is ingested, it begins breaking down the lactose into easily digestible forms.
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Lactose Intolerance :
Broad Spectrum Enzyme
Clean Lean Protein
Digestive Enzyme Tablet
Inner Health Dairy Free Powder
Inner Health Plus for Kids
Super Papaya Enzyme
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