Definition of Lactase:

An enzyme that aids the body in converting lactose to glucose and galactose.  It is also necessary for digestion of milk and milk products.

Topics Related to Lactase

Carbohydrate Intolerance

...the condition
“...Acquired lactase deficiency (i.e. developed later in life) leads to the most common form of carbohydrate intolerance: lactose intolerance...”


...relationship to Lactose Intolerance
“Pre-incubation of infant feed with lactase reduced crying time and breath hydrogen concentrations in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 32 babies with symptoms of colic...”
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Dairy Products Avoidance a treatment
“...The continued use of dairy products along with supplemental lactase – a milk sugar digesting enzyme – could help distinguish between a simple lactose intolerance problem and other consequences of milk consumption...”


...the condition
“...Lactase deficiency, either ethnically acquired (more common in Asian-Americans, African- Americans) or secondary to acute infectious enteritis can lead to diarrhea following ingestion of milk, cheese...”

Giardiasis Infection

...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“Studies have shown that giardia infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, can reduce the production of lactase in the small intestine, resulting in lactose malabsorption and its resultant diarrhea...”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...Enzyme deficiencies e.g. celiac disease, lactase deficiency causing lactose intolerance...”
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Lactose Intolerance

...the condition
“...An enzyme in the intestine called lactase is necessary to split the glucose and galactose apart in order to digest lactose...”
...related topic
“A condition caused by a lack of an enzyme called lactase, which, in turn, causes the body to be unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk products...”
...our question about Flatulence
“"Lactose malabsorption and lactase deficiency are chronic organic pathologic conditions characterized by abdominal pain and distention, flatulence, and the passage of loose, watery stools...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...The small intestine secretes sucrase (breaks sucrose into glucose and fructose); maltase (breaks maltose into glucose); and lactase (breaks lactose into glucose and galactose – lactase is missing in many people)...”

Sulfite Sensitivity

...the condition
“...As with lactase deficiency, this is a metabolic problem and not an allergic one...”
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