Phytase is a chemical found in our digestive system. It is also found in plant food and in bacteria and yeast cells. In our food and during digestion, phytase breaks down a chemical called phytic acid. Phytase is sometimes used as medicine.

Phytase is used to increase the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc. It might help to prevent or treat deficiencies in these minerals, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Phytase is a natural chemical found in animals, plants, and microbes like bacteria. It helps to break down another chemical called phytic acid. Phytic acid can bind to important minerals like iron and zinc. Breaking down phytic acid helps to release iron and zinc so that the body can absorb them better.
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