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Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters 120 Capsules

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Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters 120 Capsules
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Science-based nutrition
Dietary supplement
Optimize digestive efficiency

Betaine HCI/Pepsin/Gentian Bitters contains three nutritional factors that perform complementary functions designed to support the efficiency of the digestive process. Supplementing with Betaine HCI may support the stomach's digestive capacity. Pepsin is an enzyme produced by the body to digest protein-containing foods in the stomach. Pepsin works in conjunction with stomach acid to support protein digestion. Gentian is an herb used to optimize the digestive capacity and tonify the digestive tract. Its bitter nature may help to stimulate the body's production of digestive enzymes.

For optimal digestive support‚ use this supplement in conjunction with Best Digestive Enzymes - All Vegetarian‚ a uniquely formulated‚ full-spectrum high potency digestive enzyme blend.


Supports the stomach’s digestive capacity
Optimizes digestive efficiency

Betaine HCI and Pepsin

Betaine HCl is a form of HCl used as a nutrient to supplement the stomach’s own production of HCl‚ or stomach acid. While occasional indigestion may be a result of acid irritating tissue in the structure above the stomach known as the esophagus‚ a line of research suggests that the cause of this irritation may actually be less than optimal stomach acid production.

Stomach acid is normally produced by the parietal cells of the stomach and the function of stomach acid is to break down food that enters the stomach into smaller fragments and nutrient components. These components move through the stomach into the small intestine where they are further broken down by digestive enzymes in the upper part of the small intestine. The individual nutrients that result from the digestion of proteins‚ fats and carbohydrates can then be absorbed and assimilated by the body and used for metabolism and growth. However‚ optimal stomach acid production is certainly a major step for the efficiency of the digestive process. Less than ideal stomach acid production prevents foods from being broken down properly and places an added burden on the remainder of the digestive process‚ including enzyme production from the pancreas.

As mentioned earlier‚ the presence of optimal stomach acid is necessary for the digestion and absorption of critical nutrients. Amino acids and other peptides from proteins‚ minerals‚ vitamin B12 and folic acid are examples of nutrients that require proper levels of stomach acid for their absorption and usage. The presence of adequate acid in the stomach is also required for the conversion of the digestive enzyme pepsin. Pepsin is produced in the stomach from its precursor pepsinogen‚ which is secreted by cells known as chief cells‚ and functions to help with the digestion of proteins. Pepsin breaks proteins down into their amino acid components. Since stomach acid is essential to the process of absorbing our nutrients from food‚ lack of sufficient acid production may lead to decreased health and general well-being.

Ideal stomach acid production is also essential for maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the intestines. Firstly‚ acid production in the stomach itself provides a protective barrier that keeps the stomach environment safe. Secondarily‚ low levels of stomach acid can lead to improperly‚ incompletely‚ or poorly-digested food fragments that may cause an imbalance in the growth of normal bacterial flora in the intestines.

Achieving the correct balance of flora is a key to maintaining proper digestive function and overall health.

Research also suggests that the body’s capacity to produce stomach acid normally declines as we age. Moreover‚ stress and other factors may impact proper stomach acid production. Occasional heartburn‚ bloating‚ belching‚ discomfort‚ and a "sour stomach" may often result from this. Food that we eat enters the stomach through the esophagus‚ or food pipe. At the junction of the esophagus with the stomach is a muscular structure known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When food enters the stomach for digestion‚ the LES normally contracts‚ narrowing the passageway between the esophagus and the stomach and preventing the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. A major trigger for the process of tightening the sphincter is the presence of sufficient stomach acid.

When sufficient stomach acid is sensed‚ the LES will close. However‚ in conditions where there is a lack of stomach acid‚ the sphincter remains open‚ allowing stomach contents‚ including acid‚ to flow back through the opening‚ potentially creating a sense of irritation and discomfort. Adequate stomach acid production is an essential criterion for the sphincter to function properly and prevent the backflow of stomach contents.

A recent study assessed the incidence and causes of low vitamin B12 levels in elderly patients. The researchers suggest that the incidence of decreased vitamin B12 in the elderly‚ based on results of some epidemiological studies‚ is as high as 30-40%. When they looked at the possible causes of low B12 levels in 200 individuals that they followed‚ they found that food-B12 malabsorption accounted for 60-70% of the cases. In other words dietary B12 is bound to foods‚ generally animal proteins. The protein is normally broken down in conjunction with acid and pepsin in the stomach. However‚ low production of stomach acid may decrease the efficiency of this process and vitamin B12 remains bound to the protein source‚ leaving it unavailable to be absorbed. The absorption of countless other nutrients may also be impacted by low stomach acid and pepsin levels.

Gentian Root

Gentian is an herb that is native to parts of Europe and Asia. The root has been used extensively by traditional herbalists to support digestive function due in large part to its bitter constituents. Its present day use as a therapeutic herb dates back to the Romans and Greeks‚ and related species have even been used in the Indian Ayurvedic system. Various traditional texts classify gentian as a bitter tonic and digestive stimulant‚ due to its ability to promote the secretion of digestive enzymes. The German Commission E has approved the use of gentian for digestive support‚ which leads to an increased secretion of saliva and digestive juices.

Supplementation with the combination of nutrients and cofactors present in Betaine HCl Pepsin & Gentian supports the normal digestive function of the stomach and helps to ensure that the body maintains the efficiency of nutrient absorption from the foods that we eat. Gentian serves to stimulate digestive secretions in the stomach‚ priming it to digest the food that we eat‚ while supplemental Betaine HCl and pepsin provide support to the body’s innate production of these digestive factors.

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.

Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 120 Servings

Amount Per Serving %DV

Betaine HCI 650mg †
Pepsin 1:10‚000 25mg †
Gentian (Gentiana lutea) root 20mg †
†Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Gelatin (capsule)‚ stearic acid‚ magnesium silicate‚ silicon dioxide.

Contains nothing other than listed ingredients.

Not Suitable for Vegetarians.

Does Not Contain: milk‚ egg‚ wheat‚ gluten‚ corn‚ soy‚ sugar‚ sweeteners‚ starch‚ salt‚ or preservatives.

Take 1 capsule with each meal‚ or as recommended by a healthcare professional.

Consult a healthcare professional before use.

Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters 120 Capsules
5 Stars based on 16 Review(s)
Atlanta, Ga
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great product, really helped my digestion, no more gas. I use one pill a day.
March 27, 2014
I recommend this to anyone who has indigestion.
Dont take too much

Palm Desert, CA
3/5 Stars

You get what you pay for sometimes
January 31, 2014
I thought I would save some money and take this instead of Thorne's, but Thorne's really does seem to work a lot better for me. I'm back to Thorne's.

5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Boost digestion
January 24, 2014
Helps digest your meals, especially protein. Worked well.
The only con was it took so many to have a desirable effect.

Lee's Summit, MO
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Digestive Aid
December 8, 2013
I take it regularly to boost my digestion and it seems to help.

Atlanta, GA
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Betaine HCL by Dr's Best
September 14, 2013
Have used Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters for the past two years. I'm part of the over 60 crowd. I have taken one cap each morning before breakfast and have noticed no reflux. I take an additional capsule before a meal with meats and it has helped my digestion.
Convenient capsules easy to take and can be carried with you.

North Carolina
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good digestive aide
June 27, 2013
I have used Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters for a long time and I really like the addition of the gentian bitters. Great combination.

Coral Gables
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent product
June 7, 2013
I have been using 3 or 4 caps before every high protein meal. Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters helps me digest a pound of grassfed beef in one sitting. Really effective and great low price. Works just as well as the more expensive stuff. Will buy again when necessary.

Olympia, Washington
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

With Gensian
May 10, 2013
Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters is a common supplement with the addition of gensian - which is an additional digestion aid. Seems like a nice combination for me.

5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

If you're low on stomach acid, this is it!
April 29, 2013
Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters is wonderful for digestion, low stomach acid and if you tend to have heart burn (which usually indicates low stomach acid). Been taking this for years with no regrets!
really helps with digestion and low stomach acid

Somes Bar, CA
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent digestive aid
April 26, 2013
I ordered Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters because I heard about it from a friend. I have had digestive issues for many years, so I talked to my Naturopathic Doctor about taking HCL and she said to give it a try. I started taking Betaine HCL about 6 months ago and my digestion has improved greatly from nearly constant indigestion and sour stomach to rarely experiencing these symptoms. I take 2 capsules with each meal. I would definitely order Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters again.
relieves indigestion and sour stomach

Northern Indiana
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great product for digestive health!
April 24, 2013
I was advised to take Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters because my stomach acid was lacking the hydrochloric acid it needed to digest foods properly - love this product - the gentian bitters are an added blessing.

4/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Digestive Help
March 12, 2013
I've used Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters for a few years and it is the best! Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters contains pepsin and gentian bitters, other do not. Together these products really work. I find it helps digest better than just enzymes alone.
Works, has extra ingredients, reputable vendor

Madera, CA.
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great for digestion
February 24, 2013
I just love Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters.. Easy to swallow capsules. But the best part is sooooo works. My naturapath dr. recommended Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters, he thought the bitters would be an added benefit to me. Give this a try it's working for me and my husband. I'll be ordering this again.
capsules--easy to swallow

5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Product
December 7, 2012
Betaine HCL, Pepsin & Gentian Bitters is a great product. It helps tremendously with digestion.

Seattle, WA
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good digestive enzymes, great value
November 26, 2012
My naturopath recommended that I take HCl after meals to help with bloating. She didn't have any brand suggestions, so I just look for whatever is cheapest. These work great and are a great price. If you're just starting out doing an HCl challenge, it's probably best to get capsules with 250 mg HCl so you can make finer adjustments.

Oroville, California
5/5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Betaine HCL, Pepsin&Gentian Bitters
November 14, 2012
I had a problem digesting proteins but since taking Betaine HCL the problem has disappeared.
Everything, It works.

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