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Thorne Research, Bio-Gest, 180 Vegetarian Capsules

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180 Vegetarian Capsules
180 Vegetarian Capsules
60 Vegetarian Capsules
  • Expiration Date: 09/2019
  • Shipping Weight:
    0.53 lbs
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  • Product Code: THR-40502
  • UPC Code: 693749405023
  • Package Quantity: 180 Vegetarian Capsules
  • Dimensions:
    2.8 x 2.8 x 5.2 in, 0.45 lbs
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  • 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

Digestion aide a+

Posted by iHerb Customer on Jan 12, 2018 | Verified Purchase

Very helpful

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Best on the Market

Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 20, 2017 | Verified Purchase

For people who have digestion issues especially older people who cannot seem to digest their food If the natural hydrochloride acids in your gut have diluted over time or for whatever reason, this product corrects the ratio, so food gets properly digested. Promotes good gut health. It worked for me when I had almost given up.

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Didn't Agree with me

Posted by iHerb Customer on Dec 18, 2017 | Verified Purchase

This contains: Betaine Hydrochloride 480 mg L-Glutamic Acid Hydrochloride 480 mg Pancreatin Porcine 140mg Ox Bile concentrate 80 mg Pepsin 70 mg Became very sick after using it. Did some research on the ingredients and discovered that L-Glutamic Acid is produced in the body anyway, however, the synthetic type is not only contaminated by other chemicals but was once known as MonoSodium Glutimate. You read that right - MSG. No wonder I felt so bad!!!!

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Great at moving food along

Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 30, 2017 | Verified Purchase

I have had so much trouble moving food through my stomach and small intestine. I end up with migraines and fatigue. This has done wonders. This is a good combo tablet but I also get the Thorne BPP and Nutricology Ox bile so I can adjust the dose I need depending on my meal.

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Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 24, 2017 | Verified Purchase

As a naturopath I have to say this is my favourite digestive supplement! So many people these days are on PPIs. Have H.Pylori infection. Underacidicty.. their gallbladder removed.. For me personally, this supplement has helped boost and normalise my digestion. I used to get terrible heartburn, see undigested food in my stool and experience painful bloating/flatulence. This supplement does what it claims to do. The formula is superb. Excellent job Thorne! :) Cannot highly recommend enough!!!

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