Milkaid is a food supplement for those with a lactose intolerance; it aids the digestion of lactose allowing you to enjoy the goodness of milk and dairy foods once again. Milkaid contains lactase enzyme; a safe natural enzyme that is usually found in the digestive system. Dairy is an important part of a balanced diet and is particularly good for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth, as well as a healthy weight.
We have pulled together a list of the most frequently asked questions around Milkaid and lactose intolerance below which we hope you find helpful.
What is Milkaid?
Milkaid contains lactase enzyme, a safe natural enzyme that is usually found in the digestive system. It works by breaking down the complex milk sugar lactose, into two more easily digestible sugars – glucose and galactose.
What is lactose?
Milk, dairy products, infant formulas and breast milk all contain a complex sugar called lactose. Lactase is the enzyme our bodies normally produce to break down lactose into the simpler sugars, glucose and galactose, so that we can absorb it.
What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is the inability of the body to fully digest lactose. Lactose is a type of sugar which is found naturally in milk and some other dairy products including: yoghurt, cheese, cream and small amounts in butter. Lactose can also be found in some pre-made products such as cakes, pancake mixes, breads and pastries as well as appearing in some medications. Medications alone are unlikely to trigger symptoms although they can contribute to your tolerance levels of lactose. In order to digest lactose an enzyme called lactase is required. Individuals who are lactose intolerant lack the lactase enzyme naturally in their body. As a result, the milk sugar, lactose is not digested properly (maldigested) which can give rise to the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is generally harmless, although it can cause people some discomfort and embarrassment.
Why does milk cause lactose intolerance?
Milk is a primary source of lactose, a sugar found naturally in milk and dairy products. Lactose is the initiator of the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Individuals who do not naturally have enough lactase will not be able to digest lactose effectively as they cannot break it down efficiently in their body.
How do Milkaid Drops work ?
Milkaid works by breaking down the lactose in milk prior to its use. Simply add three drops of Milkaid lactase enzyme to 500ml of milk, gently shake, refrigerate for 24 hours and it is ready to use in cooking, beverages and cereals, hot or cold.
This will reduce the lactose level by approximately 70%. For an even greater reduction add 10 drops, which will reduce the lactose level by approximately 96%. Once treated you can use the milk just like ordinary milk for cooking, on cereals or in beverages. Do not use more than 64 drops in any 24 hour period. The difficulty to digest lactose becomes more common as individuals age as the small intestines reduce the production of lactase.
How do Milkaid Tablets work ?
Milkaid Tablets contain lactase enzyme and are raspberry flavoured chewable tablets. Each tablet contains lactase 3000 ALU and is free from artificial flavours, gluten, yeast or lactose.Lactase enzyme improves lactose digestion in individuals who have difficulty digestinglactose. Milkaid ® Tablets are designed to work in the acid environment of the stomach andare convenient when eating out. Chew 1-2 tablets immediately before consuming any foodcontaining lactose. You can adjust the number of tablets you take to suit your own requirements, but you should take no more than six tablets with any one meal.
How do Milkaid Junior Tablets work?
Milkaid Junior Tablets contain lactase enzyme and are strawberry flavoured chewable tablets. Each tablet contains lactase 3000 ALU and is free from artificial flavours, gluten, yeast or lactose. Lactase enzyme improves lactose digestion in individuals who have difficulty digesting lactose. The tablets are designed to work in the acid environment of the stomach and are convenient when eating out. Chew 1-2 tablets immediately before consuming any food containing lactose. You can adjust the number of tablets your child takes to suit their requirements, but you should take no more than four tablets with any one meal. Milkaid Junior Tablets are suitable for use from 3+ years. For small children, from one year upwards, Milkaid Drops offer an alternative format, where chewing larger tablets may present a choking hazard.
Is taking a lactase supplement safe?
Yes, the lactase in Milkaid is extracted from natural yeasts and is generally regarded as safe. We do recommend pregnant women seek personalised advice from their GP. Evidence shows that consumption of lactase enzymes can breakdown lactose in individuals with known lactose intolerance, to avoid maldigestion of lactose. NHS choices recommend the use of a lactase enzyme supplement for individuals who cannot breakdown lactose naturally.
Is Milkaid suitable for children?
Yes, if your child has been diagnosed with lactose intolerance. The production of lactase will slow down after the age of 2 in children with lactose intolerance. It is not recommended to give Milkaid to your child before diagnosis. Milkaid is available in drops and strawberry flavoured chewable tablets suitable for three years upwards. For small children, from one year upwards, Milkaid Drops offer an alternative format, where chewing larger tablets may present a choking hazard.
Can I eat foods containing lactose?
Yes, if you have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance and you consume Milkaid Drops or Milkaid Tablets before consuming lactose containing food then you will able to eat dairy products. Milkaid is convenient for carrying around, travelling and taking discreetly. Please be aware taking more than 64 drops in a 24-hour period or 6 chewable tablets/ 4 chewable tablets for children) per meal is not advised.
How will taking Milkaid help me feel?
Milkaid is not a medicine. Milkaid is a food supplement that contains lactase enzyme. Evidence shows that consumption of lactase enzymes can breakdown lactose in individuals with known lactose intolerance, to avoid maldigestion of lactose. Consumption of a lactase enzyme supplement is recommended for individuals who cannot breakdown lactose naturally. Consuming Milkaid with or before a food containing dairy can help to the reduce/ inhibit your symptoms. Choosing to supplement your diet with Milkaid Tablets or Milkaid Drops means that you can enjoy dairy products knowing that you will be able to breakdown the lactose in the food and not experience any unwanted effects from lactose intolerance.