Lipase is an enzyme that digests fat-soluble molecules called lipids. It is found in many plants, milk, dairy products, bacteria, molds and animal tissues. In the human digestive system, lipase is made by the pancreas and secreted into the intestines to help break down dietary fats 1. Lipase derived from animal tissue and certain nontoxic and nonpathogenic fungi is approved for use as a food enzyme by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Natural Medicines: Comprehensive Database. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2000.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.