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Bio-Gest®

a comprehensive blend of digestive enzymes to aid in metabolism and gastrointestinal health*

  • a blend of HCl, pepsin, pancreatin, and ox bile
  • promotes digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats*
  • ox bile added for fat emulsification*
  • benefits individuals with occasional indigestion*

Item Product Size Price
SD404 Bio-Gest® 60 Vegetarian Capsules $16.40
SD405 Bio-Gest® 180 Vegetarian Capsules $37.60

Product Information

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.*

Ingredients

Two Capsules Contain:
Betaine Hydrochloride* 480 mg.
L-Glutamic Acid Hydrochloride 480 mg.
Pancreatin (Porcine) 140 mg.
Ox Bile concentrate 80 mg.
Pepsin (Porcine) 70 mg.

Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.

*Betaine Hydrochloride derived from a non-plant source. This product is not diluted with lactose. Individuals with porcine allergies should not take this product.

Suggested Use: Take 1-2 capsules with each meal or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.

Servings Per Container: 30 or 90
Please read the warnings for this product on the warnings tab.

Statements and Warnings

ALLERGY WARNINGS
This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

PURITY
This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, magnesium stearate, or stearic acid.

PREGNANCY WARNING
If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.

INTERACTIONS
Bio-Gest should not be used concurrent with H2-blocking drugs and proton pump inhibitors because these drugs are intended to block the production of stomach HCl.

ADDITIONAL WARNINGS
Bio-Gest should be used with caution in an individual with a history of a peptic or duodenal ulcer.

It is not recommended to remove the Bio-Gest powder from the capsule to take orally, as it can be irritating to the oral mucosa.

Health-Care Professional Resources

Digestive Enzymes Webinar

Mario Roxas, ND, Thorne Research Medical Liaison, presents a one-hour lecture of information on digestive enzymes, including manufacturing issues and clinical uses.

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease Webinar

Certified Nutritionist Tom Malterre, an expert on gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, and author of The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook presents this fascinating look at Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Tom has both personal and professional insight into this condition, and offers valuable information and clinically useful pearls for the practitioner.

Managing The Allergy Patient Webinar

Certified nutritionist and author Tom Malterre, MS, CN presents a thorough examination of the immune response as it relates to allergies, and includes laboratory evaluation and valuable information on treatment of the allergic patient.

GI Function Webinar

Certified Nutritionist and author Tom Malterre presents detailed information on normalizing gastrointestinal function. This presentation includes information on digestive enzymes, food allergies and intolerances, Celiac disease, gut permeability, inflammatory bowel disease, probiotics, glutamine, curcumin, and more.

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