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Your body uses the protein in your diet to repair and create new cells. Hydrochloric acid and an enzyme called pepsin—both of which are produced in your stomach—act together to break down protein into smaller units called
polypeptides. Polypeptides then pass into your small intestines, where they are further broken down into amino acids for absorption.
Hydrochloric acid not only breaks down protein, but also activates the formation of pepsin from its
precursor enzyme, pepsinogen. Pepsinogen is secreted by certain cells in the lining of the stomach. Stomach acidity keeps harmful bacteria in check, and helps you absorb iron and vitamin B-12.
Conditions that interfere with your
stomach’s ability to secrete hydrochloric acid and produce enough pepsin make it hard to digest dietary proteins. People who have problems digesting protein often have symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn. Absorption of proteins
that are not adequately broken down first can also cause you to form antibodies to those proteins, therefore possibly developing food allergies and limiting your diet. Aging, medications like antacids and Prilosec (omeprazole), surgery,
and stomach ulcers are factors that can interfere with your stomach’s acidity. Not being able to digest and absorb proteins can cause you to develop malnutrition, which can be fatal.
Thorne Research’s Betaine HCl & Pepsin is a
supplement that can benefit people who have symptoms of indigestion that are related to their difficulty digesting proteins due to deficiencies in hydrochloric acid and pepsin stomach. Each vegetarian capsule contains:
Betaine (as Betaine Hydrochloride), which acidifies the stomach to promote the digestion of protein. It also supports the absorption of iron, vitamin B-12, and other nutrients essential to the health of your skin, hair, nails, blood cells,
bones, and nervous system.
Pepsin, which helps to break proteins down into polypeptides, makes it easier for proteins to be further digested.
Each bottle contains 225 capsules, which is enough to last for 75 days at the standard
recommended dosage three times daily.
Thorne Research strives to provide pure, high-quality supplements to people looking to enhance their health and well-being. Its products are commonly used in prestigious research studies, and
are recommended by many doctors and health care practitioners. The company always goes the extra mile to ensure that Thorne Research dietary supplements are safe and effective for immune-compromised, allergic, and chemically
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
Pure, Lactose Free Pepsin (1:16,000 minimum) (equivalent to 1.6 grains (104 mg) of pepsin 1:3000 potency) 20 mg.
Note: This pure Betaine is derived from a nonplant source.
Note: This product does not contain lactose.
Note: Individuals with porcine allergies should not take this product.
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule. May contain one or more of the following hypoallergenic ingredients to fill space – Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.
Allergy Information - Product Details
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Flavors
One capsule with each meal, or as otherwise directed by a health-care practitioner.
This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.
Betaine HCl & Pepsin contains an ingredient derived from a porcine (pork) source.
This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, or magnesium, calcium, or vegetable stearates.
If pregnant or nursing, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.
Betaine HCL & Pepsin should not be used concurrently with H2-blocking drugs and proton pump inhibitors, because these drugs are intended to block the production of stomach HCl.
Betaine HCL & Pepsin should be used with caution in an individual with a history of a peptic or duodenal ulcer.
It is not recommended to remove the Betaine HCL & Pepsin powder from the capsule, as it can be irritating to the oral mucosa.
Overall Rating for Betaine HCl & Pepsin 225 Vegetarian Capsules
(based on 4 reviews)
By Glenda from Goodlettsville, TN on December 19, 2011
After 5 or 6 years of not being able to eat any products made from grain (except rice flour), I have been pleasantly surprised by the results I have had while taking Betaine HCl & Pepsin. It has been about two weeks since I began taking it with meals, and I noticed a difference the very first time I took it. I am eating anything I like without digestive problems and I am elated! Would definitely recommend Betaine HCl & Pepsin!
I like the way it helps me break down any food I eat.
It smells a little on the piggy side when I open the bottle. But that is far outweighed by the ability it give me to eat regular food again.
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Good for digestion
By Jenna from Jackson, WY on May 12, 2011
I have only been taking HCl for about 2 months, but am very satisfied with it. My ND recommended I take it for an "HCl challenge" to help build the HCl levels in my system and to help with digestion of meat protein. I take them at the beginning of my meal and it seems to be helping.
I would recommend this item to a friend.
By Laura from Kirkland, WA on March 22, 2011
I take this with every meal. It has helped me so much with my digestion. This was recommended to me by my Naturopath and I love it!
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Not sure yet :)
By vered from New York, NY on February 19, 2011
I bought this product after suspecting my stomach was not producing enough HCA, I have only taken one capsule before meals & felt fine, I am suppose to increase the dose to two & if I still feel fine to even 3 capsules until I start feeling a bit of a burn (meaning there is too much acid). I don't have enough time/info using this product to tell if it's working or not so will have to modify the post in the future - I didn't get ant adverse effect yet that is for sure.
Also, this product is recommended by a few good nutritionists :)
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Domestic orders placed by 5 PM Eastern Time will be packed and shipped the same day, pending verification of billing information and the shipping method selected. Orders containing out-of-stock items or refrigerated items will be processed as quickly as possible, but won't necessarily be shipped out the same day.
Excludes all orders placed during weekends and on major US holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).