- Lipase is a digestive enzyme that is found in many plants, animals, bacteria, and molds. An enzyme is a protein that speeds up a particular biochemical reaction in the body. People use lipase as a medicine.
- Lipase is used for indigestion, heartburn, allergy to gluten in wheat products (celiac disease), Crohn’s disease, and cystic fibrosis.
- Lipase seems to work by breaking down fat into smaller pieces, making digestion easier.
- Lipase seems to be safe for most people. It can cause some side effects such as nausea, cramping, and diarrhea.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of lipase during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Cystic fibrosis: High doses of lipase seem to make some of the symptoms of cystic fibrosis worse.
Lipasa, Triacylglycerol lipase.
- Source: WebMD, “Fructo-oligosaccharides”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/