Beano (Alpha-D-Galactosidase)


Block Drug


Alpha Galactosidase Enzyme

Action And Clinical Pharmacology: Hydrolysis converts raffinose, stachyose and verbascose into their digestible sugar components: glucose, galactose, sucrose and fructose. Raffinose yields sucrose+ galactose; stachyose yields sucrose+galactose; verbascose yields glucose+fructose+galactose.

Indications And Clinical Uses: Helps prevent gas. Beano enzyme has been shown to be effective in both clinical and anecdotal studies with humans when consuming foods with high alpha-linked sugar content. Use results in substantially reduced breath hydrogen emissions and marked reduction or elimination of symptoms, compared with identical challenges without Beano.

Flatulence and/or bloat as a result of eating a variety of grains, cereals, nuts, seeds and vegetables containing the sugars raffinose, stachyose and/or verbascose. This includes all or most legumes and all or most cruciferous vegetables. Examples of such foods are oats, wheat, beans of all kinds, chickpeas, peas, lentils, peanuts, soy-content foods, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, corn, leeks, onions, parsnips, squash.

Note: Beano has no effect on fibre. Most vegetables also contain fibre, which is gas productive in some people, but usually far less so than the alpha-linked sugars.

Contra-Indications: Beano is made from a safe food-grade mold; however, if a rare sensitivity occurs, with allergic-type symptoms, discontinue use.

Precautions: Galactosemics should not use without their physicians’ advice, since one of the breakdown sugars is galactose.

Adverse Reactions: Reports to date include gastroenterological symptoms, such as cramping and diarrhea as well as allergic-type reactions including rash and pruritus. Rare reports of more serious allergic reactions have been received.

Dosage And Administration: Drops: Add 5 drops on the first bite of food serving.

Tablets: 1 to 3, swallowed, chewed or crumbled onto food, should be enough for a meal of 1 to 3 servings of problem foods.

The optimum number of tablets or drops required is a function of the quantity of food eaten, the levels of alpha-linked sugars in the food and the gas-producing propensity of the person.

Beano enzyme is inactivated at high temperatures. It should be added to foods at a temperature of less than 54°C. If the food is too hot to eat, it is too hot for the enzyme. Do not cook with Beano as the enzyme will be inactivated. Beano will hydrolyze the complex sugars (raffinose, stachyose and verbascose) into the simple sugars – glucose, galactose and fructose, and the easily digestible disaccharide, sucrose. This happens simultaneously with normal digestion.

Availability And Storage: Drops: Each 5 drops contains: not less than 150 GaIU (galactose units) of alpha-D-galactosidase [following Food Chemical Codex (FCC) standards] derived from A. niger mold. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sorbitol and water. Bottles of 7.5 and 18.75 g (30 and 75 serving drops).

Tablets: Each tablet contains: not less than 150 GaIU (galactose units) of alpha-D-galactosidase (following Food Chemical Codex (FCC) standards) derived from A. niger mold. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, mannitol and sorbitol. Bottles of 30 and 60.

Store at room temperature (avoid heat).

BEANO® Block Drug Alpha-D-Galactosidase Alpha Galactosidase Enzyme

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