When I was first diagnosed with lactose intolerance, it was really a dietary blow for me. The reason: I like dairy foods. I was never a big milk drinker, but I love pizza, I love cheesecake, I love Mac and Cheese, and the list goes on and on… So at first, I was petrified – this means I’ll never eat these things again?
Then came the help – lactase enzyme supplements. At first I was introduced to the popular Lactaid brand. At the time, it was a life saver – just one or two pills before a dairy-based meal, and all was well for my tummy.
Lactaid, however, had its downsides – I had to have it with me at all times (because who knows when a pizza might come your way?), and I always had to remember taking it before each and every dairy-based meal.
Then I found out about Schiff’s Digestive Advantage Lactose Defense pills (formerly known as “Lactose Intolerance Therapy”) . And my life changed yet again.
I’ll tell you about the ingredients in a minute, but the bottom line is this: I no longer had to carry pills with me wherever I went. With the digestive advantage lactose defense pills, you only need to take 1 pill every morning (some people might need 2), and that’s it, you’re “protected” for pretty much the whole day, and you don’t have to take a pill before every meal – this is a real life changer for anyone who’s lactose intolerant.
The “magic” happens thanks to 2 ingredients found in digestive advantage’s pills:
- Lactase enzyme: That’s the enzyme that your body, as a lactose intolerant person, is missing, which is responsible for breaking down the lactose. It is found in Lactaid, and all the other lactase supplements.
- BC30, a natural probiotic: Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that live in your digestive tract and promote digestive health. Many other probiotics, such as some of the ones found in yogurt, don’t survive the harsh acidic stomach environment. But BC30, according to the manufacturer, survives much better and reaches your intestines – where it can do its thing – alive.
These 2 elements, working together, help your body battle both general digestive discomfort and specifically the ones related to lactose intolerance.
So, Does it actually work?
For me, in a nutshell, the answer is a big YES. I take one pill in the morning, and that’s it on most days. Then I can eat pretty much all the dairy I want, and my tummy stays quiet. Sometimes, however, if at night I’m about to eat a large dairy-based meal (such as…well, yes, pizza again), I take one more pill just to be on the safe side, for that extra lactase strength. But on most days, 1 pill is really enough for me.
Because you only need to take 1 pill every day, the Digestive Advantage pills turn out to be a lot cheaper than Lactaid or other every-meal based pills. One box contains 32 capsules which would last you for about a month – that’s considerably cheaper than popping lactaid pills with every meal.
The capsules are not too big and are pretty easy to swallow. But if you have trouble swallowing, or if you want this for your children – you can open the capsule and mix the contents with food or a beverage. (In the past, Digestive Advantage sold Children’s Lactose Intolerance Therapy, in the form of chewable tablets – but these are no longer manufactured).
Obviously, the best bet for you would be to test the pills for yourself and see if they work for you as well as they do for me. If the answer is yes, then these can change your life as they did for me – and personally I would probably continue to use these as long as they’re made.
Where to Buy?
If you’re trying it for the first time, you can buy one pack (with 32 capsules) from Amazon, right here:
Digestive Advantage Lactose Defense Caplets-1.6oz
For better savings, you can also buy a pack of 3 boxes from Amazon:
Digestive Advantage Lactose Defense Formula, 32-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)