Thorne Betaine HCL & Pepsin supports optimal stomach acidity, protein digestion, and enzyme activity. Indigestion can be caused by many things including inadequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomachOveruse of antacids or acid blockers can also lead to low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which can result in poor protein digestion. Situations such as illness, gall bladder removal, overuse of antacids, and normal aging can contribute to insufficient secretion of stomach acid, which can adversely affect digestive enzyme activity and lead to occasional indigestion, gas, bloating, and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort. Maldigestion can also lead to digestive problems and poor absorption of nutrients, resulting in vitamin deficiencies (particularly fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K). Food allergies can develop when inadequately digested proteins are absorbed through a leaky gut. As large proteins are absorbed intact, the body might recognize them as foreign and create antibodies against them, resulting in an allergic response to the food. For optimal digestion, an individual should make sure to have adequate HCl content in the stomach.
Recommended use: Take 1-2 capsules with each meal, or as directed by a healthcare professional.