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Novel Method to Mitigate Lactose Intolerance

November 2013

By William Lancaster


Lactose intolerance is one of the most common forms of food intolerance, afflicting upwards of 50 million people in America alone with gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Its cause is often an age-related loss—frequently beginning before age five26—of the enzyme lactase that’s required for breaking down the unique milk sugar, lactose.

Many sufferers simply avoid milk products.

Another option is replacing the lactase enzyme, but current lactase formulations work only in the acidic environment of the stomach. That limits their usefulness to the 15-45 minutes that a load of lactose remains in the stomach. A substantial amount of undigested lactose, therefore, still reaches the intestinal tract to cause symptoms.

A superior form of the lactase enzyme, neutral lactase, works in the small intestine instead, allowing it to continue breaking down lactose for up to 4 hours! Neutral lactase is packaged in a unique, acid-resistant form that allows it to pass through the stomach rapidly, and reach the small intestine intact.

Treatment with neutral lactase has been shown to reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance more effectively than treatment with standard, acid lactase supplements.

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you owe it to yourself to use neutral lactase as a means of reducing—or even eliminating—your symptoms.

FIGURE 5: Greater Lactose-Digesting Capacity of Neutral Lactase
FIGURE 5: Greater Lactose-Digesting Capacity of Neutral Lactase

Standard acid lactase (red) can act only in the acid environment of the stomach. But gastrointestinal contents are present in the stomach for only a relatively short period. Neutral lactase (blue) acts in the neutral pH of the small intestine, where digesting food remains for up to 4 hours. This allows neutral lactase to break down substantially more lactose than acid lactase. The size of this effect is shown in grams on the vertical axis, while the horizontal axis indicates time.4



If one suffers lactose intolerance and can avoid milk in their diet, they may be better off than taking a product like neutral lactase. The reason is that most people already have excess amounts of glucose in their bloodstream. A lactose intolerant individual who starts consuming milk products because they take neutral lactase may be unwittingly spiking after-meal glucose blood levels, which increases risk of every disease and may accelerate aging.

While lactose intolerance is associated with loss of bone mass, this problem can be solved by supplementing with calcium, magnesium, vitamins D and K2, along with nutrients one would find in their multi-vitamin/mineral formula.

The only bone mineral not commonly found in supplements is phosphorous. A typical adult needs about 700 mg a day. Those who eat meat (or lots of whole grain cereals and breads) should be assured of adequate phosphorous. Those who avoid dairy, meat, and even grains should consider a 500 mg a day phosphorous supplement to ensure they get enough of this critical component of bone. Please know that most people get enough phosphorous from their diet and don’t need to supplement with any more.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Health Advisor at 1-866-864-3027.


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