Lactase is a naturally produced enzyme specialized in the breakdown and digestion of lactose - a milk sugar present in dairy products. It’s one of the more “well-known” enzymes because so many adults are deficient in its production, making them lactose intolerant (or unable to properly digest dairy products). Lactose intolerance is often oversimplified as a yes-or-no disorder (you have it or you don’t) when in reality our ability to digest lactose lies on a spectrum -- and peoples’ tolerance to different amounts of milk sugar can differ widely. Many people today suffer from minor lactase deficiencies and don’t know it! These individuals can experience varying levels of abdominal pain, bloating, and gas following the consumption of dairy. Because lactose has been shown to be so difficult to digest, lactase supplementation shows tremendous potential to help improve digestion as a whole, particularly following the consumption of milk sugar as present in milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream and other foods.
Alpha-galactosidase is a natural enzyme specialized in the breakdown of complex sugars. It targets many of the complex carbohydrates found in high fiber foods such as plants and vegetables, and is therefore particularly important for people with plant-based or high fiber diets. If you’re like us - salad-obsessed and vegetable-loving - this one’s for you.