The breakdown of dietary protein begins in the stomach where gastric hydrochloric acid (HCl) assumes an important role in protein digestion and other processes. Hydrochloric acid acts as a catalyst in the activation of pepsin from pepsinogen.
Active pepsin is a proteolytic enzyme which splits large protein molecules into smaller polypeptides. Additionally, hydrochloric acid acts directly on dietary proteins by loosening up their macromolecular structure (denaturing).
Gastric hydrochloric acid also helps support reducing poorly available trivalent ferric iron into more soluble and absorbable divalent ferrous iron*.
Another physiological role of gastric hydrochloric acid is to support protecting the body from food-borne enteric infections through its antibacterial properties.*
• Betaine 496mg —(from 650mg Betaine HCl)
• Pepsin (1:10,000) 140mg
• Other Ingredients: cellulose, gelatin (capsule), and vegetable stearate.
Contains NO: yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, artificial colouring, preservatives or flavouring.
Serving Size: 1 capsule