Alpha Galactosidase breakdown (catabolism by hydrolysis) the chemical bonds (alpha 1-6 bonds) found in the carbohydrates; melibiose, raffinose, and stachyose most often associated with the legumes (plants). These types of carbohydrates are found mainly in beans, legumes, seeds, roots, soy products, and underground stems. These poly-saccharides are not digestible in the small intestine. As these sugars are not absorbed so they pass into the large intestine where, these sugars are fermented by native microbial flora that produce gas resulting in bloating, pain and general discomfort. Alpha Galactosidase action is to hydrolyzes these carbohydrates. •
Technicals: Alpha Galactosidase is an enzyme produced by the controlled fermentation of the fungus Aspergillus niger. Alpha Galactosidase activity is measured in Alpha Galactosidase Units (AGSU). Breaks down sugars found in beans and legumes in a pH range of 4-5.
Sources: Aspergillus niger
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