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Digestive Aids



Betaine Hydrochloride

The common plant based form of hydrochloric acid (HCL) normally secreted by the parietal cells of the stomach. This protein-digesting enzyme is a powerful aid involved in breaking down tough protein structures. Low levels of HCL have been known to result in iron deficiency anemia and osteoporosis through poor mineral absorption. Those with low levels of HCL are more prone to allergies and leaky gut syndrome due to an environment more conducive to the presence of bacteria, yeasts and parasites.


Enzyme that, along with bile, function in the digestion of fats. Deficiency of lipase results in malabsorbtion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins.


Enzyme that breaks down starch molecules into smaller sugars. The salivary glands also secrete amylase.


This enzyme (normally secreted by the pancreas) functions in digestion by breaking down protein molecules into single amino acids.


Additional plant based enzyme helping enable the breakdown of complex fibre structures found in legumes and beans.


One to three capsules daily or as recommended. Best taken with food.

Potential applications

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal bloating / intestinal gas e.g. candida, nausea, poor digestion/insufficient digestive enzyme output, anti-inflammatory / anti-spasmodic effects on GI tract, anti-ulcer, anti-microbial, anti-odour i.e. helps deodorise the intestinal tract. Digestive enzyme supplementation also offers benefit in cases of stress, as normal enzyme secretion is impaired by the influence of stress hormones.

Known contraindications

Not recommended in patients with oesophageal reflux symptoms (due to the effect of peppermint decreasing the lower oesophageal sphincter pressure).


None noted.

Use in conjunction with

Probiotics (acidophilus), fibre (psyllium), glutamine, licorice, oregon grape root, spirulina (green food blend), grapefruit seed extract.

© Cheryl Thallon at Viridian

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