About lactose intolerance

If you experience unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, cramps, excess gas or diarrhoea after eating or drinking dairy products, you might be lactose intolerant.

Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactase is an enzyme found in the small intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugars (lactose) into simple absorbable sugars (glucose and galactose), which can then be absorbed as part of the normal digestive process.

The level of lactase enzyme in the body varies between individuals, and a deficiency of the enzyme leads to the symptoms of lactose intolerance. If the enzyme is not available in sufficient amounts in the small intestine, lactose will not be digested completely and therefore will be moved into the large intestine. The lactose is then fermented by intestinal bacteria, resulting in discomfort, bloating and wind.

Lactose is present in many things you wouldn’t expect including crisps, biscuits, pastries, cakes, pasta mixes and certain medications. The level of lactase enzyme in the body varies between individuals.

Unfortunately it is not always possible to entirely avoid dairy as it is an ingredient in many food products.

Supplementing your diet with extra lactase enzymes will help you digest dairy. Lactase enzyme supplements such as Lacto-Free® make it possible to regulate the digestion of milk and dairy products in a natural way.

Lacto-Free® helps break down the lactose sugar in dairy products, making it possible for you to enjoy milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice cream without the symptoms.

The amount required depends very much on the degree of lactose intolerance and the amount of dairy being consumed.

Lactose intolerance is the most common food intolerance today.
You could be one of the many people suffering from lactose intolerance