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Probiotic & Lactose Digestion
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Probiotic & Lactose Digestion

Recent evidence suggests that probiotics alleviate lactose maldigestion. A model of the upper gastrointestinal tract was employed in a recent study to select a probiotic with high lactase activity [1]. Bifidobacterium lactis was found to exhibit strong lactase activity. Subsequent clinical trial results show that Bifidobacterium lactis supported lactose digestion in individuals with lactose intolerance [1]. While the mechanism of action is yet known, this study provides clinical evidence to support the use of specific probiotics, like Bifidobacterium lactis, to facilitate lactose digestion, especially in lactose intolerant individuals. I believe that other probiotics strains are likely to facilitate lactose digestion. 

1. Rasinkangas, Pia, Forssten, Sofia D, Marttinen, Maija, Ibarra, Alvin, Bothe, Gordana, Junnila, Jouni, Uebelhack, Ralf, Donazzolo, Yves & Ouwehand, Arthur C. 2022. Bifidobacterium Animalis Subsp. Lactis Bi-07 Supports Lactose Digestion in Vitro and in Randomized, Placebo and Lactase -controlled Clinical Trials. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun