People who live with lactose intolerance monitor their diet carefully, avoiding foods that may upset their stomachs. But they may also be avoiding important nutrients that the body needs to maintain health. This article explains lactose intolerance, discusses dietary sources of lactose and provides a guide to which supplements may replace lost vitamins and minerals because of a change in diet.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose is a sugar that is found in dairy products like milk, cottage cheese, and ice cream. The human body digests lactose with an enzyme it produces called lactase. Lactose intolerance is a condition where a person’s body doesn’t produce lactase and so the small intestine is not able to digest lactose. Lactase deficiency = lactose intolerance.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance often occur 30 minutes to 2 hours after consuming dairy and include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. To alleviate these symptoms, people often eliminate dairy from their diet or take a supplement to help them digest lactose.
Sources of Lactose
Common dairy foods including milk, cheese, ice cream, and for some people, yogurt are the most prevalent sources of lactose. It’s a common misconception that dairy products containing acidophilus bacteria are lactose-free, but that’s not the case. Many lactose intolerant people can eliminate these foods from their diet to eliminate symptoms, but people who are more sensitive to lactose should also remove the convenience food items that contain dairy ingredients from their diet, then reintroduce them slowly to discover their individual sensitivities. Foods that list dairy products in their ingredients may include:
- Creamy Salad Dressings
- Pancake Mix
- Lunch Meat
- Instant Potatoes
- Breakfast Cereal
- Coffee Creamer
Supplements for People with Lactose Intolerance
Rainbow Light offers 77 products that are lactose-free, so you can rest assured that the supplements you chose will be easy to digest. However, Rainbow Light offers a variety of supplements that are designed to benefit people with Lactose Intolerance.
- Lacto-Zyme Dairy-Eze – Lacto-Zyme Dairy Ease is a fast acting digestive that provides support from common discomfort associated with digesting dairy. Formulated with 5,000 ALU of lactase and 6 active, plant-source enzymes, it supports optimal digestion of various types of foods. When eating dairy, take Lacto-Zyme Dairy-Ease before meals or sprinkle directly on your food.
- Calcium – People with Lactose Intolerance who eliminate dairy from their diet may not be getting the amount of calcium that their body needs for strong bones. Rainbow Light has several calcium products to support strong teeth and bones. Many of our calcium supplements include Vitamin D and magnesium to promote calcium absorption. Our supplements are easy on the stomach for enhanced digestion.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D is an essential nutrient found in dairy products that helps the body absorb calcium. People who aren’t consuming dairy may be deficient in Vitamin D. Our Vitamin D Gummies offer three delicious ways to boost the body’s level of this important vitamin.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.