Lipase Enzymes and Supplements

One of the major roles of lipase enzyme is to help the body to break down dietary fats into an absorbable form. When lipase levels decrease below the level necessary to break down dietary fats, a condition called steatorrhea can occur.

The majority of the lipase enzyme is produced in the pancreas, although small amounts are secreted in the saliva as well. Pancreatin produced by the pancreas contains lipase as well as two other groups of enzymes: proteases and amylase.

Individuals suffering from pancreatic insufficiency and cystic fibrosis often take supplemental lipase along with other enzymes to help treat there condition and alleviate symptoms. Also, lipase may also be helpful for sufferers of celiac disease or Crohn's disease. People suffering from indigestion may also benefit from lipase supplements.

Dosage and Administration

Many lipase supplements also contain other digestive enzymes. In the U.S., pancreatin is a common supplement containing lipase, amylase, and proteases. 9X pancreatin is nine times stronger than the government standard. Each X contains 25 USP units of amylase, 2 USP units of lipase, and 25 USP units of proteolytic enzymes. Taking 1.5 grams of 9X pancreatin (or a higher amount at lower potencies) with each meal can help people with pancreatic insufficiency digest food.