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When You Love Dairy But It Doesn’t Love You Back, Could DairyAssist Help?

June 28, 2022 by Enzymedica Team
When You Love Dairy But It Doesn’t Love You Back, Could DairyAssist Help?

Is your love for dairy unrequited? You’re not alone if you pine for the simple joy of eating ice cream at the beach or savoring a wood-fired pizza with extra mozzarella. Lactose intolerance (the inability to break down milk sugar) affects up to 50 million Americans, due to a deficiency in lactase (the enzyme that helps digest lactase). Not having enough of this enzyme in the gut means eating dairy can leave you feeling less than your best. When we eat dairy without enough lactase, our guts can retain water, leading to uncomfortable symptoms like occasional bloating and irregularity.

Enter digestive enzymes, which are like little scissors for your digestion. Each one has its role. Lactase breaks down difficult-to-digest lactose into glucose, a sugar that’s easier to digest. DairyAssist™ includes lactase as well as protease for complete dairy digestion.* Protease, a protein-digesting enzyme, helps break down casein and other dairy proteins, so that every part of the dairy product is easily digested.*

Want to learn more about how DairyAssist™ works, the enzymes in this formula – and other words for daily on food labels? Keep reading!

  • Lactose is the sugar found in dairy; lactase is the enzyme that breaks it down.
  • Both lactase deficiency and lactose intolerance are common, but digestive enzyme supplements can help.*
  • Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, gas and discomfort.
  • DairyAssist™ breaks down lactose (dairy sugar) and casein (dairy protein) for twice the digestive relief.*

What is DairyAssist™?

DairyAssist™ is a non-GMO digestive enzyme supplement for lactose intolerance from Enzymedica, the #1 brand of digestive enzymes in America.* This formula breaks down dairy sugar and protein.* Take DairyAssist™ daily with each meal to enjoy ice cream and cheese – no bloat or discomfort.* It contains dual-action, dairy intolerance enzymes that quickly break down both lactose (dairy sugar) and casein (dairy protein) for twice the digestive relief.* DairyAssist™ makes every part of dairy more easily digested.*

Find out where to buy DairyAssist pills, available nationwide both online and in stores.

What to Know about Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is the digestive enzyme that breaks down lactase, the sugar found in dairy. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose; lactase deficiency is the shortage of that enzyme. Lactase works by breaking down lactose, which is difficult to digest, and turning it into the sugar glucose, something easy to digest.

Many things can lead to lactase deficiencies, from age and genetics to being born without the ability to produce lactase. The root cause comes from a lack of this lactose-digesting enzyme in the gut. Enzymes are designed to break down a specific kind of food or compound, so the more or less lactase we have, the better or worse we can digest lactose.

Lactose intolerance symptoms and lactase deficiency symptoms include gas, bloating and discomfort after eating foods that contain dairy. Dairy allergy symptoms are different – and they are an immune response. Food allergies – including dairy allergies – are immune reactions. A food intolerance is an enzyme deficiency.

What helps with dairy intolerance? While avoiding dairy is an option, it’s not the only one – especially if you enjoy eating foods that contain butter, milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. and want to be able to eat them on occasion.

A dietary supplement such as DairyAssist™ works best for individuals with known food intolerance reactions or those looking to provide support for cross contamination when eating away from home. Sometimes you might hear people call them “lacto intolerance enzymes” (short for lactose intolerance).

How Digestive Enzyme Supplements Help Break Down Dairy

Digestive enzyme supplements are an all-natural way to assure you have sufficient amounts of the enzymes you need to break down your meals. They offer general support – as well as more targeted support if you have specific food intolerance(s), as is the case with dairy digestive supplements like DairyAssist™.*

Digestive enzymes help break down food into nutrients. To convert food into nutrients that can be absorbed, your body needs sufficient supplies of those digestive enzymes – but sometimes we don’t have enough. That could be due to age, lifestyle or personal habits, an inherited genetic deficiency (like lactose intolerance) or simply overdoing it on occasion. Sometimes, your body needs a little help. That’s where digestive enzyme supplements come in. Whether you accidentally ate dairy or want to indulge, these enzymes have your back!

The Benefits of DairyAssist™

DairyAssist™ is for lactose intolerance.* Its dual-action, dairy intolerance enzymes:

  • Quickly break down both lactose (dairy sugar) and casein (dairy protein) for twice the digestive relief*
  • Makes every part of dairy more easily digested.*
  • Help you enjoy ice cream and cheese for digestive happiness*
  • No bloat or discomfort*

10 Tips for Replacing Dairy in Your Diet

If you’re trying to avoid dairy, a life without cheese and ice cream might feel a little sad at first. But there are plenty of ways to avoid or replace dairy and still eat the foods you crave.

  1. Hummus is wonderfully creamy. Swap this chickpea-based dip for cheesy or cream-based dips.
  2. If you can eat nuts, sauces with a base of tahini (sesame) and peanut butter offer a creamy richness.
  3. Replace the butter or cream in pasta with cashews or white beans (blended with pasta cooking water until smooth and thick like cream).
  4. Top your burritos and chili with creamy, cool avocado instead of sour cream.
  5. Reach for probiotic supplements (or plant-based yogurts with live cultures) instead of yogurt.
  6. Satisfy a sweet tooth with fruit-based sorbets (low sugar or no sugar added) instead of ice cream.
  7. Look for plant-based swaps. The supermarket aisles are filled with dairy alternatives these days. If you can’t tolerate dairy cheese or milk, there are plenty of replacements you can try! Experiment until you find one that works for you.
  8. Keep DairyAssist™ close at hand for those times when you can’t (or don’t want to) avoid dairy.
  9. Nutritional yeast offers a rich, savory flavor that tastes a lot like Parmesan or other aged cheeses. Find it in the baking aisle or bulk bins, then sprinkle on pasta, pizza and popcorn.
  10. Replace the cream in salad dressings with blended avocado or white beans – or use oil or tahini as a base.

Other Words for Dairy on Food Labels

Beyond the obvious ingredients like milk, cheese and butter, here are some other aliases for dairy ingredients. NOTE: This list of other words for dairy on food labels is not exhaustive.

  • Artificial butter
  • Butter
  • Butter fat
  • Buttermilk
  • Casein or caseinate
  • Condensed milk
  • Cream
  • Custard
  • Diacetyl
  • Evaporated milk
  • Ghee
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactose or lactoglobulin
  • Malted milk
  • Milk derivative(s)
  • Milk solids
  • Protein powders (some)
  • Rennet
  • Sour cream
  • Tagalose
  • Whey or whey powder

What's inside DairyAssist™?

This supplement contains dual-action, dairy intolerance enzymes.* What are enzymes for dairy? They are the enzymes that break down not only the milk sugar but the milk protein!

DairyAssist™ includes the following digestive enzymes:

Here’s what each of those enzymes does:

  • Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk and dairy products.
  • Protease Thera-blend™ enzymes break down proteins, separating them into their building blogs (amino acids). This ensures complete dairy digestion, since they digest casein.

Does Thera-blend™ Make a Difference?

As with all digestive enzyme supplements from Enzymedica, DairyAssist™  uses Thera-blend™ enzymes that are proven effective all the way through your digestive tract.* Your GI tract is a diverse and active place, and the pH (acidity or alkalinity) isn't the same all the way through.

Our Thera-blend technology makes sure that enzymes thrive in all of the pH levels of the GI tract.* For you, this means the enzymes can help break down food in the stomach, assist with nutrient absorption in the small intestine and support immune and whole-body health in the microbiome.*

How do I use DairyAssist™?

Taking DairyAssist™ lactose intolerance pills is simple on the go or at home, at a moment’s notice. Take 1 capsule with each meal containing dairy. More may be taken as needed. For a more advanced formula, try Enzymedica’s Lacto™ with maximum-strength dairy intolerance enzymes.* DairyAssist™ is safe for long-term use (with no side effects) and is dairy-free and both vegan and kosher.

NOTE: Digestive enzyme supplements are not suited for individuals with allergies or celiac disease.

How to Find a Digestive Enzyme Supplement You Can Trust

Whether you’re browsing online or standing in the aisle comparing labels, you might need some help as you decide what types of lactose intolerance enzymes you should buy. The secret is how active those enzymes are – not how many are included.

Enzymes are not weighed in metric units like milligrams or grams. Rather, they need to be measured based on their respective activity levels, using a certain set of purity, quality and identity of food ingredients standards established by the internationally accepted Food Chemical Codex.

As the industry leader in digestive enzymes for over 20 years, we always follow the Codex. We include a rating of each enzyme's activity levels on every label. Look at any of our products, and you'll see the "Supplement Facts" label. (Some cheaper lactose intolerance chewable enzymes don’t include all the enzymes we do – and they don’t measure in activity units!)

Use this table to compare the label to your needs if you're looking for a digestive enzyme supplement.


Nutrient Target

Protease Thera-blend™  


Amylase Thera-blend™


Lipase Thera-blend™

Dietary fats

Cellulase Thera-blend™  



Gluten (wheat protein)


Lactose (milk sugar)

Alpha Galactosidase

Cellulose (plant fiber)



We make it easy by detailing which nutrients each type of enzyme can target and we also include enzymes to boost metabolism and the breakdown of an entire complete meal.

Why Choose Enzymedica Digestive Enzyme Supplements?

At Enzymedica, our mission has remained the same for over 20 years, to make great health easy for everyone! Since the first day, we have been providing natural digestive health and wellness products of the highest quality and efficacy. We develop formulas based on the same high standards, each tailored for your unique needs or health goals. And we always source the best ingredients available on our planet, each backed by cutting-edge scientific research.

When it comes to overall wellness of your body, mind and spirit, digestion is key. At Enzymedica, the leading brand of digestive enzyme supplements in America, we offer exceptional solutions for natural digestive health and wellness. Every one of our products is uniquely formulated to be as effective as possible.

Enzymedica is a global leader in the field of enzymes. We are the most knowledgeable when it comes to enzymes because of our ground-breaking, independent research on enzymes and other natural components. We seek out the highest-quality ingredients at all times and never use artificial fillers or excipients. That's part of Enzymedica's promise to quality and efficacy.

Other Products You Might Like, Only from Enzymedica

In addition to DairyAssist™, we offer another formula for lactose intolerance.*

Lacto™ breaks down your dairy-heavy meals, so you can enjoy the foods you love.* Formulated for lactose intolerance, take daily with each meal for no bloating, gas or discomfort!* With maximum-strength dairy intolerance enzymes, Lacto is packed with powerful enzymes for meals that contain lots of dairy.* It breaks down lactose (dairy sugar), casein (dairy protein) and dairy fats for complete meal digestion.* Grab this one before you dig into that cheese board!

Here are a few of the various digestive enzyme formulas that we have available.

Digest Gold™ breaks down your biggest meals. Take daily with each meal to enjoy the foods you love and beat the bloat – with no gas or discomfort!* With bloat-busting, high-potency enzymes, Digest Gold™ is the gold standard for digestive enzymes, as proven by its ongoing status as the number one best-selling enzyme formula in the US for over 10 years and counting. With Thera-blend™ enzymes, it quickly breaks down carbs, fats, fiber and protein. Plus, it prevents that too-full feeling and converts food into fuel with ATPro™ for greater energy!*

Digest delivers full-range, everyday enzymes. This formula helps you enjoy the foods you love when taken daily with each meal. It eliminates bloat (for no gas or discomfort)! Digest effectively breaks down carbs, fats, fiber and protein. It speeds digestion and helps absorb nutrients. And it converts daily meals into all-day energy.

Digest Basic™ breaks down the simplest meals – so you can enjoy the foods you love.* Take it daily with each meal to ease bloat (for no gas or discomfort). These essential, easy-on-you enzymes gently and effectively break down fats, fiber, protein, carbs and hard-to-digest foods. Digest Basic prevents indigestion and converts food into vital energy.

Digest Spectrum™ breaks down all your problem foods.* It’s for all food intolerances!* Take daily with each meal for no gas or discomfort to enjoy the foods you love.* With enzymes for multiple food intolerances, this specialized, high-potency formula breaks down gluten, phenols, lactose and casein.* A repeat award winner, this formula relieves digestive discomfort from all major food intolerances.* Not sure which foods are causing your intolerance? Reach for Digest Spectrum.*

Now here's a look at our specialized formulas:  

Bean Assist™ breaks down gas-inducing foods.* When taken daily with each meal, you can enjoy the foods you love and stop gas. That means no bloat or discomfort! Ideal for the nights when chili, cabbage rolls or loaded burritos are on the menu. These fast-acting enzymes break down complex carbs in fiber-rich foods like beans, cabbage and broccoli.* The formula stops gas and bloating before it starts – and makes meals easier to digest.*

GlutenEase™ breaks down breads, pastas and grains.* Enjoy the foods you love with no bloat or discomfort. Take daily with each meal for gluten intolerance. This blend of powerful gluten-intolerance enzymes efficiently breaks down both gluten and casein. It also protects against hidden gluten in meals.*

GlutenEase™ Extra Strength offers double the digestive power for maximum potency to quickly break down foods with both gluten and casein.* It guards against hidden gluten in meals – with our most advanced gluten intolerance enzymes.

Lypo Gold™ breaks down fatty foods! Enjoy the foods you love and take it daily with each meal to relieve discomfort, for no gas or bloating.* These fat-digestion enzymes are keto-friendly.* They quickly break down all fatty foods, from healthy to greasy ones, along with protein and carbs. Whether you have a gallbladder and not, Lypo Gold has your back!

VeggieGest™ breaks down all vegetables – so you can enjoy the veggies you love! Take daily with each meal to prevent bloat for no gas or discomfort. This whole-food meal enzyme blend actively breaks down the complex carbs in vegetables, grains and legumes to enhance nutrient absorption. It’s great for vegetarian and vegan diets as well as any diet that’s rich in whole foods that are unprocessed.

Note: Digestive enzyme supplements are not suited for individuals with allergies or celiac disease. Food allergies are immune reactions. A food intolerance is an enzyme deficiency. A dietary supplement works best for individuals with known food intolerance reactions or those looking to provide support for cross contamination when eating away from home.

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