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Thorne Research, Bio-Gest, 180 Veggie Caps

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  • Expiration Date: Jan 2019
  • Shipping Weight:
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  • Product Code: THR-40502
  • UPC Code: 693749405023
  • Package Quantity: 180 Veggie Caps
  • Dimensions:
    2.8 x 2.8 x 5.2 in, 0.45 lbs
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Product Overview


  • Dietary Supplement
  • Hypoallergenic

For individuals who need a more broad-spectrum digestive aid, Thorne Research offers Bio-Gest. Bio-Gest contains HCl, pepsin, pancreatin, and ox bile, which are important for those who need support for protein and carbohydrate digestion, and fat emulsification and absorption.

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.

Pancreatin is a mixture of several digestive enzymes produced by cells in the pancreas. Pancreatin is composed of amylase, lipase, and protease. Pancreatin production and secretion by the pancreas is essential to digestion and absorption of numerous nutrients, especially fats.

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 heartburn, gas, bloating, and other symptoms 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.

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 the non-plant source. This product is not diluted with lactose.


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.

Individuals with porcine allergies should not take this product.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Two Capsules
Servings Per Container: 90
  Two Capsules Contain: % DV
Betaine Hydrochloride 480 mg *
L-Glutamic Acid Hydrochloride 480 mg *
Pancreatin (Porcine) 140 mg *
Ox Bile concentrate 80 mg *
Pepsin (Porcine) 70 mg *
*Daily Value (DV) not established.
iHerb Customer Reviews

Best support for digesting fats and protiens

Posted by 5311950842209877332 on May 04, 2017 | Verified Purchase

I have tried many different kinds of digestive enzymes, but these work far better for me. The difference is in the ox bile, and pancreatin and pepsin, they are from animal sources. Real bile, not just plant-based enzymes. In addition, there are two different types of hydrochloric acid, which is lacking in my system. I've tried straight HCL, it does not do nearly what this product does. It's the only one that does not leave me feeling bloated and full all the time. Without this, I can't digest fats well at all, and this tells me I have to address issues with gall bladder. I already know my liver is congested. And products I try to use to support the liver make my kidneys hurt. So I am at a bit of a standstill in "fixing" what is wrong, and in the meantime, these enzymes allow me to continue to eat a wider variety of foods and function normally. I sometimes find that taking 3 capsules works better than just two. If you have digestive issues that don't feel resolved with other enzyme products, I highly recommend you give this one a try. It is hard to find, iHerb is about the only supplier online that sells it, and their price is good. Free shipping, you'll have it in two days. Can't beat it. Thanks so much to iHerb for carrying it, my other online stores stopped last year and I was grateful to find it here.

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Posted by 5600904123003627607 on Mar 23, 2017 | Verified Purchase

Digestion is better less bloating when taken

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Great digestive product

Posted by 5703923193268773297 on Mar 10, 2017 | Verified Purchase

Great product to assist with digestion and HCl production. Thorne products overall are good but some contain fillers and preservatives so always read the other ingredients portion of the label.

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Aids Digestion

Posted by 5335535286613195927 on Mar 05, 2017 | Verified Purchase

A naturopath from the Tahoma Clinic recommended this product for my mom and it seems to be working quite well.

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Posted by 5552387788871132603 on Feb 27, 2017 | Verified Purchase

This product works really well. The tricky thing is getting your dose correct. I often find I need more than the recommended dose for protein rich meals.

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