What is Lactase?
Lactase is a digestive enzyme that breaks down lactose, a sugar contained in milk and other dairy products. It is produced in the small intestine and It functions by separating the milk sugar lactose into smaller simple sugars namely glucose and galactose.
Lactose intolerance is caused by a lack of lactase, which makes it difficult to digest this form of sugar. As a result, after eating dairy products, those with the intolerance can experience stomach cramps, diarrhoea, and excessive gas.
Many of the symptoms that can arise when anyone with lactose intolerance eats dairy can be minimised or avoided by taking lactase supplements, which come in caplet, chewable, and other types.« Back to Glossary Index