Beans, greens (especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) and heavy carbohydrate-laden foods can cause gassiness and bloating.
Everyone experiences gas at one time or another. Gas in the digestive tract can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, flatulence and burping. Most people experience mild symptoms related to gas, which is normal. Others have an intolerance to complex carbohydrates. If this is the case, you may experience symptoms more frequently and with increased severity. Alpha-galactosidase is an enzyme that helps break down complex carbohydrates. You can find it as an over-the-counter dietary supplement, marketed for preventing gas.
These foods have carbohydrates that are linked to proteins or fats (known as glycoproteins or glycolipids) which aren’t effectively broken down in the gut; these poorly-digested particles then serve as a food source for intestinal bacteria. These bacteria ferment the leftovers producing hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas as byproducts. Excess gas is the culprit for most of the discomfort we feel when eating these foods. One enzyme that halts this process is alpha galactosidase.
On a cellular level, alpha-galactosidase causes an important reaction in the cellular lysosome, an organelle inside our cells that is crucial in the breakdown of multiple types of biomolecules. In other words, is helps us break down the polysaccharides and oligosaccharides found in foods that are typically more-challenging to digest such as peanuts, beans, lentils and cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
- Aids in digestion
- Helps reduce gluten intolerance
- May assist in decreasing Fabry’s disease
- Reduces intestinal gas
- help reduce food alergies
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