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Thorne Research, Betaine HCL & Pepsin, 225 Capsules

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Thorne Research, Betaine HCL & Pepsin, 225 Capsules

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1 Bottle
1 Bottle
450 Count
  • Expiration Date: 09/2019
  • Shipping Weight:
    0.53 lbs
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  • Product Code: THR-41502
  • UPC Code: 693749415022
  • Package Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Dimensions:
    5.3 x 3 x 3 in, 0.45 lbs
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  • Gluten Free
  • Dietary Supplement
  • GI Support

Benefits individuals with occasional indigestion.

Betaine HCl & Pepsin promotes optimal stomach acidity, protein digestion, and enzyme activity.

Indigestion can be caused by many things – including inadequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. HCl 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 that hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach begins to decline with advancing age. Overuse of antacids or acid blockers can also lead to low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which can result in poor protein digestion. Thorne's Betaine HCl & Pepsin comes from a porcine source.

Indigestion affects millions of people every day. For some, it's brought on by eating fatty foods. For others, simple carbohydrates (like bread and pasta) can 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 also be related to an underlying problem – low hydrochloric acid (HCl) content in the stomach.

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. To ensure optimal digestion, an individual should make sure to have adequate HCl content in the stomach.

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.


Tamper Evident: Use only if bottle is sealed.

If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.

Store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.

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
  Two Capsules Contain: %DV
Betaine Hydrochloride† 1 g *
Pepsin (Porcine) 47 mg *
*Daily Value (DV) not established.
†Equivalent to 16 grains.
iHerb Customer Reviews

Great Product

Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 10, 2018 | Verified Purchase

It helped alot. Will buy again.

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Good but be careful if you've had very low chronic hypochloridia

Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 24, 2018 | Verified Purchase

If your stomach acid has been low for a long time you won't have enough minerals/mechanism to neutralise this amount of HCL and will get some side effects like reflux and get very dehydrated. Start at a lower dose maybe 350mg then work up to this.

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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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