Humans produce this enzyme called alpha-galactosidase; however, it is not in significant amounts. This enzyme is needed in the gastrointestinal tract to fully digest polysaccharides. Saccharides are fermentable carbohydrates, also known as sugars, found in abundance in plants, particularly in legumes and vegetables. If these sugars are not broken down effectively then it can cause gas and bloating. This enzyme is there to avoid bloating, abdominal pain, discomfort, flatulence and diarrhea related to the ingestion of fermentable carbohydrates.
About one third of the population suffers from abdominal pain stemming from maldigestion or partially digested foods. This naturally occurring enzyme is found in saliva and in pancreatic enzymes which are then transported to the small intestine to break down the food. If alpha galactosidase is not sufficient due to metabolic disorders, reduced stomach acid due to age, or other reasons, this will increase the probability of partially broken-down food in the digestive tract which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms after eating.
- Country of origin: from India and processed in USA
- Microbial fermentation on a corn media
- 350 GALU (galactosidic units)
- Sourced from Aspergillus niger