Alpha-Galactosidase

 

Alpha-GalactosidaseAlpha-Galactosidase is an enzyme derived from the fungus Aspergillus niger that acts as a digestive aid by helping the body break down the many sugars that comprise complex carbohydrates like vegetables and grains... is an enzyme derived from the fungus Aspergillus niger that acts as a digestive aid by helping the body break down the many sugars that comprise complex carbohydrates like vegetables and grains. Foods high in complex carbohydrates are comprised of long chains of sugars called polysaccharides, and shorter chains called oligosaccharides. In the body the enzyme Alpha-Galactosidase works in conjunction with other natural processes and enzymes to degrade these complex sugar chains into molecules like glucose and galactose that can be readily absorbed through the digestive tract and used as sources of energy.

 

It is also a commonly used ingredient in supplements designed to reduce gas, bloating and the pain and general discomfort associated with those conditions. Aided by natural bacteria found in the body, the digestive process often leads to the production of the gases which bloating and flatulence. As alpha-galactosidase enzymes break down carbohydrates, they deprive these bacteria of toxic, gas-producing fuel.

 

Additionally, without the aid of the Alpha-Galactosidase enzyme, instead of being broken down into useable energy, the sugars found in complex carbohydrates would convert to fat and accumulate in the gut, and later the rest of the body. These poorly digested molecules would then build up in the muscles and chambers of the heart, as well as the blood vessels, kidneys, and nervous system tissues. The absence of this enzyme can cause a genetic disorder known as Fabry’s disease.