Lactose Intolerance

Also indexed as:Milk (Lactose Intolerance)
Sour stomach? Could be lactose. Take it easy on your stomach by learning more about this commons condition and how you easily find dairy alternatives. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Supplement Amount Why
Calcium
500 to 1,200 mg daily depending on age and other calcium sources 3 stars [3 stars]
As lactose-containing foods are among the best dietary sources of calcium, lactose-intolerant people may want to use calcium supplements as an alternative source.
Lactase
6,000 to 9,000 IU tablets chewed with a lactose-containing meal or add 1,000 IU in liquid form to 8 ounces of milk 3 stars [3 stars]
Lactase drops, capsules, and tablets may be used to prevent symptoms of lactose intolerance when consuming lactose-containing dairy products.
Lactase

(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
6,000 to 9,000 IU tablets chewed with a meal containing lactose, or add 1,000 IU in liquid form to 8 ounces of milk 3 stars [3 stars]
Lactase enzymes taken prior to consuming milk or dairy products may help ease IBS symptoms.
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