Lactase is an enzyme that specifically breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose. It assists the digestion of different dairy products, such as milk, butter, and cheese. The body naturally produces lactase in the border of the small intestine.
Aside from mother’s milk, lactase can be produced commercially by extracting it from yeasts, such as Kluyveromyces fragilis, and molds like Aspergillus niger. It is often found in supplements like Lactaid and Lacteeze.
Benefits of LactoseP: The use of lactase to aid the digestion of lactose has been medically proven. However, lactase has multiple other uses, such as reducing gas or bloating, providing balance to the digestive system, and easing discomfort in the digestive tract.
Children with chronic diarrhea and other digestive tract disorders have shown significant improvements after they were given fungal-derived lactase.