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Food intolerance is the result of impaired digestion due to a lack of digestive enzymes. An enzyme deficiency occurs when the body is unable to produce a sufficient quantity of enzymes to properly break down the foods we eat. Unlike a life-threatening food allergy, intolerance does not involve the production of antibodies, and is not mediated by histamine. Adverse food reactions are widespread. Lactose intolerance affects 30-50 million Americans,1 and as much as 15% of the world's population suffers when consuming gluten.2 Other common intolerable foods include dairy protein (casein), phenols, and fibrous gas-forming beans, vegetables and grains. Intolerance Complex™ contains high potency enzymes specialized in digesting compounds known to cause digestive disturbance.*
Food intolerance typically manifests in the digestive tract as occasional diarrhea, cramping, bloating, gas or upset stomach. In contrast to food allergies, the symptoms of food intolerance are often delayed and may not occur until several hours or even days after the intolerable food is ingested.
Identifying the particular foods or food groups that cause sensitivity is a primary goal for addressing adverse food reactions. Elimination diets are a common practice but are not always possible or practical. Restaurant meals frequently contain ingredients containing gluten, lactose, and other common triggers. Reducing or eliminating trigger foods can be helpful, but dietary modification in combination with enzyme supplementation provides peace of mind and complete digestive support.*