Lactose intolerance, is also identified as lactase deficiency and hypolactasia, and is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and derived dairy products. Lactose intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of lactase, an enzyme that catalyzes hydrolysis of lactose into glucose and galactose, in their digestive system. The symptoms of lactose intolerance generally include abdominal bloating and cramps, nausea, rumbling stomach, flatulence, diarrhoea and vomiting upon consumption of significant amounts of lactose. Some research has indicated that milk consumption by lactose intolerant individuals may be a significant cause of inflammatory bowel disease.
The main symptom of lactose intolerance is an adverse reaction to products containing lactose (primarily milk). The symptoms mentioned earlier (above) appear 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption. The level of symptoms increase with the amount of lactose consumed, however most lactose-intolerant people can tolerate a certain level of lactose in their diet without any serious effects.
The enzyme activity is measured and expressed in Food Chemical Codex (FCC) units, a standard for plant enzymes that is a better description than weight in milligrams, as it describes the level of enzyme activity. Lamberts Lactase Complex is a high potency product and can only be compared with other manufacturers’ products if they supply units of activity (not weight).