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Lipase (Pancreatic Lipase)

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The Basics

Lipase is a digestive enzyme produced by the following organs: pancreas (pancreatic lipase), liver (hepatic lipase), and stomach (stomach/gastric lipase). Enzymes are responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. When food is properly digested, the nutrients are absorbed, which leads to good health.

This supplement (pancreatic lipase) is beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and some food allergies.

Sources

Lipase does not come from a food source; the pancreas, liver, or stomach manufactures it. A deficiency in pancreatic lipase is determined if the pancreas produces 10% to 15% below normal levels.

Guidelines and Cautions

Pancreatic lipase is available in tablet or capsule form. Although this supplement is not associated with side effects, it is advisable to consult with a medical professional prior to taking lipase.

Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) is serious and may be caused by lipase deficiency. However, this life-threatening condition should not be self-treated. Seek the advise of a medical professional.

Updated on: 02/06/10
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
Many patients report feeling improvement in their general well being taking dietary supplements. The Editorial Board of SpineUniverse.com, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.
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