Milk & Cheese Digestion Support
Lacto-Relief Milk & Cheese Digestion
The Difficulties of Dairy
Milk is one of the best sources of essential nutrients such as protein and calcium, yet many people struggle with proper digestion of milk and dairy products. In fact, milk-related digestive issues, such as lactose and milk protein intolerances, have created an aversion to dairy consumption, leaving many people subject to inadequate nutrition.
Lactose intolerance, a condition characterized by the inability to break down the sugar found in milk, affects 10 to 16 percent of the entire American population. Lactose intolerance is the result of the body’s inability to produce enough of the enzyme lactase. Lactase deficiency can develop over time; sometimes beginning as early as age 2, when the body begins to produce less lactase. Lactase deficiency can also be the result of damage to the small intestine from severe digestive diseases or a congenital absence of the lactase gene.
In normal digestion, lactase breaks down the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose, two simpler forms of sugar. Glucose and galactose are then absorbed into the bloodstream. In people with lactose intolerance, when the lactase produced is insufficient to digest the amount of lactose consumed, the bowel retains water. Undigested lactose then passes from the small intestine into the colon where it is fermented by bacteria. The resulting symptoms can include cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and diarrhea.
According to the National Institutes of Health, specific populations show even higher levels of intolerance: 95 percent of Asians; 60 to 80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews; 80 to 100 percent of American Indians; and 50 to 80 percent of Hispanics. For many, milk proteins are an added problem and can cause milk protein intolerance in dairy-sensitive individuals.
Digestive enzyme supplementation can help make dairy digestible and enjoyable again.
Lacto-Relief for Total Dairy Digestion
Lacto-Reliefis specifically designed to aid in the digestion of dairy products. The proprietary, multi-enzyme blend in Lacto-Relief includes lactase USP, amylases, proteases, lipase, alpha-galactosidase, HemiSEB® (a proprietary blend of hemicellulases, beta-glucanase, xylanase, pectinase and phytase), and cellulase. The combined action of these ingredients makes Lacto-Relief a powerful digestive enzyme formula.
Lacto-Relief is a complete formula for digestion of dairy products. Lactase in Lacto-Relief hydrolyzes lactose, thereby relieving the discomfort of lactose intolerance. Lacto-Relief not only aids in lactose digestion, but also in digestion of milk proteins and other foods consumed with dairy products.
Several milk proteins present in dairy foods have the potential to cause indigestion, as well as milk protein allergies. The most common proteins include casein, alpha and beta lactoglobulins, immunoglobulin and albumin. The powerful protease enzymes present in Lacto-Relief help hydrolyze these proteins, significantly reducing their potential for digestive problems.
Dairy products are typically consumed with other foods, which further complicates digestion. For instance, in addition to lactose, milk protein and lipids, a meal may contain non-digestible sugars (oligosaccharides) from grain and legumes, which can result in gas and bloating. Lacto-Relief contains HemiSEB®, an enzyme complex that breaks down hard-to-digest components of plant fiber, and helps unlock trapped metabolic energy and nutritive factors.
Lacto-Relief’s comprehensive enzyme formula meets every digestive challenge.
Sources of Hidden Lactose You May Not Have Known
Bread and other baked goods; waffles, pancakes, biscuits, cookies and mixes to make them; processed breakfast foods such as doughnuts, frozen waffles and pancakes, toaster pastries, and sweet rolls; processed breakfast cereals; instant potatoes, soups, and breakfast drinks; potato chips, corn chips and other processed snacks; processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meats; margarine; salad dressings; liquid and powdered milk-based meal replacements; protein powders and bars; candies; non-dairy liquid and powdered coffee creamers; and non-dairy whipped toppings.
Take 1 or more capsules with each meal, or as directed by your healthcare professional.
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Compare AST Enzymes’ Digestive Enzyme Blends
When choosing a digestive enzyme supplement, it is important to know the specific benefits of the product and how it meets your needs. Each of AST Enzymes’ digestive enzyme blends are specially designed to suit a variety of digestion concerns and issues.
DigeSEB®-GI is an all-encompassing digestive enzyme blend. Simply put – it has a little bit of everything. By including a variety of enzymes capable of digesting all food types, DigeSEB-GI is very versatile and can be taken with any meal to aid in the digestive process.
Gluten Relief® is specially formulated to assist with the digestion of gluten-rich foods. Products typically characterized by their gluten content such as breads and pasta are also carbohydrate heavy as well. To address this, additional carbohydrate-digesting enzymes are included in Gluten Relief to compliment the powerful DPP-IV activity.
Lacto-Relief has the same benefits of a general digestive enzyme blend; however its high concentration of lactase provides an added bonus to those who struggle with proper dairy and milk product digestion. By combining extra lactase with enzymes for all aspects of food digestion, Lacto-Relief acts as a “one-stop shop” for those seeking digestive relief from difficult-to-digest foods.
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What is digestive enzyme therapy?
Digestive enzyme therapy is the use of plant or animal-based dietary supplements to aid in digestion and promote balanced metabolism.* All of our products are of plant origin, meaning they are 100% vegetarian/vegan. Although the body is equipped with enzymes that perform digestive actions, certain conditions can affect their production and effectiveness. States of disease and aging are both factors affecting enzyme production and action.
What is a digestive proteolytic enzyme?
Proteolytic enzymes break down proteins into their building-blocks, which are called amino acids. The body requires 20 different amino acids, 8 of which are referred to as essential amino acids because they cannot be synthesized by the human body. These essential amino acids must be obtained from the food we eat. Without sufficient proteolytic enzymes, the body is unable to break down and absorb these necessary nutrients. Failure to fully digest proteins can result in undesirable symptoms such as bloating, abdominal cramping, flatulence and diarrhea.
What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose is a sugar found specifically in milk and milk products. It is made up of two smaller components – glucose and galactose – that are bound together and must be broken apart by the body in order to be absorbed. The enzyme responsible for the digestion of lactose is called lactase. Many people do not produce adequate amounts of lactase and therefore have difficulty in fully breaking down lactose from their diet. This causes the intact lactose sugar to move into the large intestine where our natural microflora can digest it, releasing gas as the byproduct.
Although lactose intolerance is prominent in Asian and African-American populations, both young and old, only a small percentage of the adult population as a whole can fully digest lactose. It is also often accompanied by other food intolerances. Aging is a chief component in the development of lactose intolerance.
How long should I take Lacto-relief before feeling results?
Lacto-relief should be taken 5-10 minutes prior to eating. The typical, recommended dose is 1 to 2 capsules per meal. There are several variables that may affect the required dosage, for example:
Content of meal
Size of meal
Severity of intolerance
Depending on these variables, along with one’s individual response to digestive enzyme therapy, the dose can be as high as 4-5 capsules per meal. It is advisable to experiment with dosage, considering there is no upper limit or adverse effects in exceeding your supplement needs.
What if I miss a dose?
Since digestive enzymes aid in digestion of food that is otherwise difficult to tolerate, finding yourself without them may be tricky. If you want to avoid the symptoms that can accompany indigestion, then the best advice would be to avoid the offending foods altogether. Unlike systemic enzymes, the effects of digestive enzymes can be seen quickly. Adjusting food content and finding an appropriate dosage is an important balance to achieve.
Why is it important to take Lacto-Relief with food?
Since Lacto-Relief aids in digestion, it is contraindicated to use the enzyme without eating. Although it is not harmful to take Lacto-Relief on an empty stomach, it is simply a waste of money. If you take digestive enzymes too soon before a meal, you risk the enzyme becoming inactive. The food and enzyme must be in the stomach together for proper results.
Are there any side effects involved with Lacto-relief?
Side effects with Lacto-relief are rare, but not impossible. Mild cramping may occur, as the intestinal lining begins to cleanse. Other rare, but reported side effects include minor gastrointestinal disturbances, like bloating or gas. Starting off at a low dose can minimize any possible side effects. Side effects should clear with regular use, after a tolerance is established.
What does “proprietary blend” mean?
Proprietary refers to a patent, or ownership. Applying this concept to our digestive enzyme blend, it means that we alone own the rights to the specific blend of enzymes found in Lacto-Relief, making our product different from similarly marketed digestive enzyme supplements. Lacto- Relief encompasses an all-inclusive digestive aid product that assists in the digestion of several nutrients, not just dairy.
Can I take Lacto-Relief with other systemic or digestive enzymes?
Although digestive and systemic enzymes are not contraindicated in terms of ingredients, they cannot be taken at the same time. The purpose of digestive enzymes is to aid in digestion of specific foods, so taking them with food is an obvious recommendation. Because systemic enzymes require an empty stomach for maximum absorption, they must be taken separately from digestive enzymes. There are no adverse interactions between systemic and digestive enzymes, but they serve different purposes, and thus should be taken as directed for best results.
Can I open the capsule and pour it onto my food instead of swallowing the capsule?
If you find that you have trouble swallowing the capsules, pouring its contents onto food is definitely an option. You may also open the capsule into a glass of water, being sure to drink the entire glass. If you choose to take the enzymes this way, it is best to consume the entire content as soon as possible to ensure you are receiving the full benefits within your body (rather than on your plate).
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Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose and cellulose (Vegetarian Capsule).
Directions: Take 1 capsule with any dairy foods. You may take more than one capsule at a time, as needed, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Store in cool, dry place with the lid tightly closed. Avoid excessive heat. Keep out of the reach of children.
Caution:If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or under medical supervision, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.
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