For individuals who need a more broad-spectrum digestive aid, Thorne 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. *
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.*
These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Please be advised: Thorne Research is a professional line and can only be sold under the recommendation and supervision of a practitioner.
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
|Betaine Hydrochloride||480 mg||*|
|L-Glutamic Acid Hydrochloride||480 mg||*|
|Pancreatin (Porcine)||140 mg||*|
|Ox Bile Concentrate||80 mg||*|
|Pepsin (Porcine)||70 mg||*|
* Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
† Daily Value not established
Note: Serving Sizes are rounded to the nearest whole serving
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, leucine, silicon dioxide.
Recommended Use: Take 1-2 capsules with each meal or as recommended by your health-care practitioner.
Warning: If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product. Individuals with porcine allergies should not take this product.
Note: Betaine hydrochloride derived from the non-plant source. This product is not diluted with lactose.