How To Use Probiotics For Lactose Intolerance Treatment
Lactose Intolerance is the inability to digest milk sugar ‘lactose’ in the body. The use of Probiotics For Lactose Intolerance Treatment has been suggested for a long time. There have been several studies that have been conducted let us find out how probiotics help.
How Probiotics Help Treat Lactose Intolerance
Lactose Intolerance is caused due to absence or limited production of a specific enzyme (Lactase) which is required to digest lactose, which is predominantly found in milk and milk products. Lactase deficiency develops gradually usually after the age of 2. The severity of the symptoms depends on the the amount of lactose consumed and one’s tolerance threshold. The symptoms of the disorder are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and nausea.
Probiotics improve gut microflora and enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestines. Use of probiotic supplements especially Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus sporogenes can not only help in alleviating the symptoms of lactose intolerance but also improve digestion of milk and other diary products. However, the results obtained have been mixed but promising. Amino acid leucine assimilation is impaired among lactose tolerant individuals, but children consuming probiotic milk displayed increased leucine absorption.
Studies have also shown a voluntary increase in use of probiotic products by the elderly (because aging naturally reduces lactase enzyme in the body) to enhance digestion of dairy products.
How To Use Probiotics To Treat Lactose Intolerance
- Probiotic therapy and how quickly it works is dependent on dose and strain of microbe used. A minimum of 5 to 10 million live microorganisms belonging to 2 to 3 strains are introduced in the human body to experience maximum therapeutic benefits.
- The dose of probiotics is age dependent, as children need different levels of microbes compared to adults.
- Probiotics work only if active cultures are present in them, thus the food labels must be referred to indentify the microbe present and expiration date of the product.
- If highly intolerant to lactose, one can introduce probiotics in the diet through non dairy probiotics like soy based kefir, non-fermented probiotic fortified soy milk, probiotic fruit and vegetable juices, and Kombucha (probiotic fermented green or black tea), rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.
Best Probiotics for Lactose Intolerance
The best strains for lactose intolerance are Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. sporanges, L. bulgaricus, L reuteri, L plantarum, Streptococcus salivarius, and S thermophilus. Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.
Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy
Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection.
Lactose intolerance limits some foods that one can consume, find out the foods that you can eat from our article.
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