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Cathy Wong, ND

Natural Relief for Lactose Intolerance

By February 27, 2013

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More than 30 million Americans struggle with lactose intolerance, a condition that interferes with the body's ability to digest milk. For help in consuming dairy products without suffering symptoms, some lactose-intolerant individuals turn to lactase supplements.

An enzyme naturally produced in the lining of your small intestine, lactase helps promote the breakdown of lactose (a sugar found in milk). Since lactose intolerance is thought to occur when the body can't produce enough lactase on its own, use of lactase supplements is said to prevent symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, bloating, and cramps. Although research on the use of lactase supplements is fairly limited, there's some evidence that supplementing with lactase can help fight this condition.

Many people use lactase supplements as a means of avoiding symptoms of lactose intolerance while consuming dairy products to get the calcium needed for healthy bones and protection against conditions like osteoporosis. However, you can also boost your calcium intake through non-dairy foods such as dark leafy greens like kale and bok choy. Read the full story: Lactase Supplements - What You Need to Know.

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