Alpha-galactosidase is a type of enzyme that helps break down complex carbohydrates known as oligosaccharides. These oligosaccharides are commonly found in certain types of foods, including beans, lentils, broccoli, and cabbage, and can cause digestive discomfort and flatulence in some people who have difficulty digesting them.
When added to protein powders, alpha-galactosidase can help improve the digestion and absorption of protein, especially for individuals who have difficulty breaking down certain types of carbohydrates. It works by breaking down the oligosaccharides into simpler sugars that can be easily absorbed by the body.
Alpha-galactosidase is generally considered safe to use in protein powders, and there have been no significant reports of adverse effects associated with its use.