Lipase (Pancreatic Lipase)
Lipase is a digestive enzyme produced by the 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, nutrients are absorbed, which contributes to good health.
Pancreatic lipase may be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and some food allergies.
Sources of Pancreatic Lipase
Lipase does not come from a food source; rather, the pancreas, liver, or stomach produces 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. A lipase deficiency may be life-threatening and should not be self-treated. Seek the advice of a medical professional.
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