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Thorne Research, Betaine HCL & Pepsin, 225 Vegetarian Capsules

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Thorne Research, Betaine HCL & Pepsin, 225 Vegetarian Capsules

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225 Vegetarian Capsules
225 Vegetarian Capsules
450 Vegetarian Capsules
  • Expiration Date: 03/2019
  • Shipping Weight:
    0.53 lbs
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  • Product Code: THR-41502
  • UPC Code: 693749415022
  • Package Quantity: 225 Vegetarian Capsules
  • Dimensions:
    5.3 x 3 x 3 in, 0.45 lbs
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  • Dietary Supplement
  • Hypoallergenic

Indigestion affects millions of people every day. For some, eating fatty foods can bring on heartburn. For others, simple carbohydrates (like bread and pasta) may cause gas and bloating. And for other individuals, spicy foods can cause them grief. Although what we eat greatly influences the frequency and severity of indigestion, this discomfort could be related to an underlying problem – poor digestive enzyme activity.

Situations such as illness, gall bladder removal, overuse of antacids, and normal aging can contribute to insufficient secretion of stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes, and bile, and can adversely affect digestive enzyme activity and lead to occasional heartburn, gas, bloating, and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort.

Maldigestion can 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 the gut. As large proteins are absorbed intact, the body might recognize them as foreign and create antibodies to them, resulting in an allergic response to the food. An individual who has frequent indigestion should make sure to have adequate enzyme support.

Hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach does several positive things. It assists protein digestion by activating pepsinogen to pepsin, it renders the stomach sterile against ingested pathogens, it inhibits undesirable overgrowth in the small intestine, and it encourages the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes. Hydrochloric acid also facilitates the absorption of a number of nutrients, including folate, vitamin B12, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, iron, and some forms of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Numerous studies have shown hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach declines with advancing age. Overuse of antacids can also lead to low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which can result in poor protein digestion. Thorne offers hydrochloric acid and pure pepsin from a porcine source. Unlike many supplement companies, the pepsin utilized in Thorne's product is pure, undiluted, and lactose-free.

Suggested Use

Take 1-2 capsules with each meal or as recommended by your health-care practitioner.

Other Ingredients

Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, leucine, silicon dioxide.

Betaine Hydrochloride derived from a non-plant source. This product is not diluted with lactose. Individuals with porcine allergies should not take this product.


Do not take this product out of the capsule. This product is contraindicated in patients with peptic ulcers.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Two Capsules
Servings Per Container: 112
  Amount Per Serving %DV
Betaine Hydrochloride† 1.04 g *
Pepsin (Porcine)†† 40 mg *
*Daily Value (DV) not established.
†Equivalent to 16 grains.
††Equivalent to 3.2 grains (208 mg) of Pepsin 1:3,000 potency.
iHerb Customer Reviews

It helps with digestion

Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 03, 2018 | Verified Purchase

I take 1-3 capsules for heavy meals and I think it helps with digestion (less gassy). Good products.

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too strong

Posted by Suppster on Feb 02, 2018 | Verified Purchase

This is good quality but just too strong, have to open the capsules to get smaller doses and hence it is more damaging to the teeth

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Great form of HCL

Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 27, 2017 | Verified Purchase

I have discovered as I get older, my digestion is not what it used to be. Therefore, my doctor recommended I try this product to help digest my food. I have used it for years and feel it has been very beneficial for assimilating my food and supplements. And the brand Thorne is one of the best.

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Put this in your Rosacea Arsenal

Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 26, 2017 | Verified Purchase

I've been taking this for 2 weeks now because I finally decided to see if "leaky gut" is to blame for my rosacea. I'm up to 5000 mg per high-protein meal (with still no burning or other symptoms), and while my rosacea is subtly better (I saw improvements after 4 days), the other effects have been astounding. I've lost 5 pounds, I have a flat stomach (I've never had any digestive issues to speak of but now that I have a flat stomach again for the first time in 2 years, I realize that it wasn't fat all this time--it was bloating making me big! Literally had no idea), and I have more energy. I plan to supplement with HCL for 4 months and then switch to a more natural ginger/ACV/lemon concoction but for now--I'm telling everyone about this product. If you have any sudden onset autoimmune issue like rosacea, psoriasis, Hashimoto's, vitiligo, etc., I'd highly suggest just testing this out to see if you have low stomach acid.

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Bloating & indigestion.

Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 24, 2017 | Verified Purchase

After the first dose, I feel free of discomfort and pain.

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