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Lactase

Shakeology Ingredient Education of the Day

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Lactase persistence is the continued activity of the enzyme lactase in adulthood. Since lactase’s only function is the digestion of lactose in milk, in most mammal species the activity of the enzyme is dramatically reduced after weaning. However in some human populations lactase persistence has recently evolve as an adaptation to the consumption of non-human milk and dairy products beyond infancy.

Health Benefits

In the US and many other countries, we’ve certainly “got milk,” but not everyone can enjoy it. For around 10% of Americans, 10% of Africa’s Tutsi tribe, 50% of Spanish and French people, and 99% of Chinese, a tall cold glass of milk means an upset stomach and other unpleasant digestive side effects. In fact, most adults in the world are lactose intolerant and cannot digest lactose, the primary sugar in milk. And yet, regardless of our ancestry, most of us began our lives happily drinking milk from a bottle or breast. Lactose is broken down by a protein called lactase, which acts as a pair of molecular scissors, snipping the lactose molecule in two. Anyone who drank milk as a baby carries a working version of the gene that codes for lactase.
But in people who are lactose intolerant, that lactase gene is switched off after weaning. This site is a interesting read and I suggest spending time do so. With so many Lactose intolerant people in the US and world, we all can use a little extra Lactase.

Benefits Summary

  • Fights Lactose Intolerance
  • Fights Cramps
  • Decrease diarrhea and gas
  • Decreaase Indigestion
  • Prevent heartburn
  • Helps decrease dyspepsia
  • Decrease ulcers

Resources

Wikipedia
Slate
Evolution
WebMD
World of Enzymes and probiotics

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4 Responses to Lactase – Shakeology Ingredient of the Day

  1. Nikki Talbott says:

    Thank goodness I am not lactose intolerant so my lactase is working well.. It assists with decreasing gas, heartburn, ulcers and cramping while breaking down my lactose..

  2. Monica says:

    I didn’t realize that it helps with digestion.

  3. Krista Haak says:

    This is great! I am lactose intolerant and so are two of the three of my children! We can all enjoy our Shakeology while feeling great!

  4. Melanie Jacobs says:

    I have a milk allergy but this seems to help with that? Either way yay for digestion benefits and heartburn prevention.

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