Beano works with the digestion of foods in the body because it contains an enzyme produced from a natural source. To prevent gas before it can even start, it turns complex carbohydrates into smaller, more easily digested sugars prior to reaching the colon. Let’s talk more about and the effect Beano has on it.
Certain enzymes are required for the body to digest and absorb many carbohydrates in the small intestine, but this cannot be done if the body has an absence or shortage of these enzymes. If the enzymes are not there, then the food continues, undigested, to the large intestine after leaving the small intestine resulting in bacteria breaking down the food and gas forming. Digestive discomfort, flatulence, and abdominal bloating are the most frequently seen symptoms of gas. Carbohydrates found in some foods such as seeds, vegetables, grains, beans, whole grain bread, nuts, and cereal cannot be broken down due to the body’s lack of enzymes. This is when Beano concentrates on working. An enzyme from a natural source is found in Beano that helps the body’s digestion breakdown complex carbohydrates, or sugars, in gassy foods. They are now simpler to digest averting gas from being produced.
Beano is a dietary supplement that is enzyme based – used to decrease the amount of gas in the digestive system, resulting in improved digestion and decreasing flatulence, bloating, and discomfort caused by gas. Alpha-galactosidase is the enzyme that is able to break down oligosaccharides including raffinose. First offered as a liquid, it was later discontinued and replaced with strawberry flavored “Meltaways” and tablets, which are currently the only two forms on the market.
Alan Kligerman with AkPharma continued research into gas causing vegetables that was started in 1981 and as a result, developed Beano in 1990. The concept had been around for centuries as evidenced by “A Letter to a Royal Academy”, an essay written by Benjamin Franklin in the 1780s which first proposed the idea for the product.
GlaxoSmithKline obtained its patent in 2001 after acquiring it from Block Drug. In a deal completed in 2012, Beano, along with sixteen other brands, was sold to Prestige Brands.
Beano Side Effects
Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea and cramping in addition to an allergic like reaction involving pruritus and a rash are the most commonly reported side effects to date. On very few occasions, serious allergic reactions have been reported.
Alpha-glucosidase does not appear to have any harmful effects on people in good health, but there is the potential for the development problems in patients with the rare condition, galactosemia, and diabetes. Complex carbohydrates are easily broken down into absorbed sugars by alpha-glucosidase which can result in increased blood sugar for diabetic patients. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, a medication that inhibits alpha-glucosidase, have been shown to benefit diabetic patients. However, there are studies that determined alpha-glucosidase supplements decrease the effectiveness of the diabetic medication Acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. As a result, diabetics who take alpha-glucosidase inhibitors should not take alpha-glucosidase supplements. Furthermore, it is possible that alpha-glucosidase could cause an increase in blood sugar in diabetic patients that are not prescribed alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, but this has not been completely proven. Sufferers of galactosemia, a genetic disease should never be given alphagalactosidase because it may contribute to worsening symptoms. It is has not been evaluated on pregnant or nursing women, individuals with severe liver or kidney disease, or children and safety has not been established, as a result in these groups.