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DigestStart Betaine HCl and Pepsin helps start protein digestion in the stomach - critical for digestive functions throughout the gastrointestinal tract.
Stomach acid is important to activate pepsin. Pepsin is responsible for breaking down protein in the stomach. Action in the stomach prepares food for further action in the small intestine by proteases, peptidases, amylases, and lipase.
Many Americans suffer from low stomach acid and low release of pepsinogen. Betaine HCl helps to acidify the stomach to activate normal levels of pepsinogen to pepsin while ALSO containing a high dose of pepsin to jumpstart protein digestion independent of stomach acidity and pepsinogen levels.
As individuals age, the production of digestive enzymes decreases. Our body's ability to keep up with enzyme production (known as the "enzyme reserve") also declines.
Protein digestion in the stomach is important to jumpstart all further digestive processes and breaks proteins down into components that are non-reactive to the immune system.
If one notices bad breath, heavy stomach sensation after eating, intolerance to high protein intake in a sitting, allergies and sensitivities, thin stools, itchy bottom, or notice recognizable pieces of food (like lettuce and greens) in the stool, they may be a candidate for digestive enzyme support.
Those under stress also naturally produce less stomach acid and digestive enzymes and may also be prone to digestive enzyme deficiencies. High intensity exercise can also limit stomach acid production and pepsin function.
Continuing to eat sensitive and allergenic foods and general overeating can also put strains on the body's production of digestive enzymes.
- Betaine (as betaine HCl): 496mg
- Pepsin (1:10,000, from porcne): 140mg
Other ingredients: Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (capsule), vegetable stearate, silica, microcrystalline cellulose
Suggested use: 1 with each meal
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