Lacto-Relief by AST Enzymes

$ 24.99

Lacto-Relief for Total Dairy Digestion

Lacto-Relief is specifically designed to aid in the digestion of dairy products. The proprietary, multi-enzyme blend in Lacto-Relief includes lactase USP, amylases, proteases, lipase, alpha-galactosidase, HemiSEB® (a proprietary blend of hemicellulases, beta-glucanase, xylanase, pectinase and phytase), and cellulase. The combined action of these ingredients makes Lacto-Relief a powerful digestive enzyme formula.

Lacto-Relief is a complete formula for digestion of dairy products. Lactase in Lacto-Relief hydrolyzes lactose, thereby relieving the discomfort of lactose intolerance. Lacto-Relief not only aids in lactose digestion, but also in digestion of milk proteins and other foods consumed with dairy products.

Several milk proteins present in dairy foods have the potential to cause indigestion, as well as milk protein allergies. The most common proteins include casein, alpha and beta lactoglobulins, immunoglobulin and albumin. The powerful protease enzymes present in Lacto-Relief help hydrolyze these proteins, significantly reducing their potential for digestive problems.

Dairy products are typically consumed with other foods, which further complicates digestion. For instance, in addition to lactose, milk protein and lipids, a meal may contain non-digestible sugars (oligosaccharides) from grain and legumes, which can result in gas and bloating. Lacto-Relief contains HemiSEB®, an enzyme complex that breaks down hard-to-digest components of plant fiber, and helps unlock trapped metabolic energy and nutritive factors.

Lacto-Relief’s comprehensive enzyme formula meets every digestive challenge.

Sources of Hidden Lactose You May Not Have Known

Bread and other baked goods; waffles, pancakes, biscuits, cookies and mixes to make them; processed breakfast foods such as doughnuts, frozen waffles and pancakes, toaster pastries, and sweet rolls; processed breakfast cereals; instant potatoes, soups, and breakfast drinks; potato chips, corn chips and other processed snacks; processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meats; margarine; salad dressings; liquid and powdered milk-based meal replacements; protein powders and bars; candies; non-dairy liquid and powdered coffee creamers; and non-dairy whipped

Lactose intolerance, a condition characterized by the inability to break down the sugar found in milk, affects 10 to 16 percent of the entire American population. Lactose intolerance is the result of the body’s inability to produce enough of the enzyme lactase. Lactase deficiency can develop over time; sometimes beginning as early as age 2, when the body begins to produce less lactase. Lactase deficiency can also be the result of damage to the small intestine from severe digestive diseases or a congenital absence of the lactase gene.

In normal digestion, lactase breaks down the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose, two simpler forms of sugar. Glucose and galactose are then absorbed into the bloodstream. In people with lactose intolerance, when the lactase produced is insufficient to digest the amount of lactose consumed, the bowel retains water. Undigested lactose then passes from the small intestine into the colon where it is fermented by bacteria. The resulting symptoms can include cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and diarrhea.

According to the National Institutes of Health, specific populations show even higher levels of intolerance: 95 percent of Asians; 60 to 80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews; 80 to 100 percent of American Indians; and 50 to 80 percent of Hispanics. For many, milk proteins are an added problem and can cause milk protein intolerance in dairy-sensitive individuals.

Digestive enzyme supplementation can help make dairy digestible and enjoyable again.


Lacto-Relief Dosage

Take 1 or more capsules with each meal, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Directions: Take 1 capsule with any dairy foods. You may take more than one capsule at a time, as needed, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Store in cool, dry place with the lid tightly closed. Avoid excessive heat. Keep out of the reach of children.

Caution:If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or under medical supervision, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.



Lactose Intolerance

An important application for digestive enzyme supplementation is management of lactose intolerance. It is estimated that 75% of individuals worldwide experience some decrease of lactase activity, especially during adulthood. The frequency of reduced lactase activity varies greatly, from nearly five percent in northern Europe to over 90 percent in parts of Asia and Africa; in the United States, the prevalence is 6-15 percent.1 Typical symptoms associated with lactose intolerance are diarrhea, bloating, and gas. Lactose intolerance symptoms are relative to the ability to produce lactase and the amount of lactose in the food consumed.

Lactose intolerance can be the result of damage to the intestinal lining by inflammatory responses.2 Lactose intolerance may also be due to genetic factors resulting in a decrease or total absence of lactase production. A lactase gene has been identified, including a "wild-type" that is characterized by lactase nonpersistence - a physiological decline in intestinal lactase activity over time that often results in lactose intolerance.3

A study conducted on 48 healthy preschool children examined the efficacy of two different microbe-derived lactase preparations to prevent symptoms of lactose intolerance after consumption of whole cow's milk or milk already treated with lactase enzyme.4 Each child, after ingestion of 240 mL whole milk containing 12 g lactose, was tested for degree of lactose via a hydrogen breath test. Although 27 of 48 children could not adequately digest whole milk, when given pre-treated milk with lactase, 25 of the 27 lactose-intolerant children showed no signs of maldigestion. The 27 lactose-intolerant children were then given the enzyme preparations with whole milk. Both enzyme treatments significantly reduced hydrogen breath excretion.

In an randomized clinical trial, 18 children with lactose intolerance were given oral lactase tablets or placebo immediately after ingesting a lactose solution.5 Breath samples were taken for hydrogen analysis at 30-minute intervals for two hours, and clinical symptoms were monitored. Hydrogen production was significantly greater in the placebo group (maximum hydrogen excretion = 60 ppm) compared to the lactase group (maximum hydrogen excretion = 7 ppm). The increase in hydrogen excretion also correlated with increased physiological symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, and flatulence. The results suggest concurrent ingestion of lactase enzyme tablets with lactose can significantly reduce breath hydrogen excretion and lactase deficiency symptoms.

Enzyme Activity


How It Works

Lactase USP

Breaks down the milk sugar lactose over a wide range of temperatures and pH.


Breaks down carbohydrates and starches into smaller sugars that are readily absorbed; produced naturally by humans, microorganisms and plants


Hydrolyze protein such as casein, alpha and beta lactoglobulins, immunoglobulin, albumin and other plant and animal proteins into smaller chains of polypeptides (small proteins) and amino acids for easier uptake throughout the body


Breaks down fats into essential fatty acids needed for healthy tissues and cells


Breaks down complex carbohydrates commonly contained in legumes such as raffinose and stachyose


Breaks down carbohydrates, including fiber and other plant polysaccharides


Hydrolyzes beta-glucans found in cereal grains, improving the digestibility of wheat, rye and barley based foods


Breaks down non-starch polysaccharides, particularly fiber from grains, legumes and other plant based foods


Hydrolyzes and depolymerizes naturally occurring pectin found in ripe fruits and vegetables


Cleaves and frees bound minerals like phosphorus from the phytic acid molecule present in many plant based foods


Breaks down carbohydrates, like fiber and other plant polysaccharides


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