HCl + Enzymes

120 vegetarian capsules

Buy two or more & save 5%

HCl + Enzymes

120 vegetarian capsules

Buy two or more & save 5%

Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes (formerly Gutzyme™ HCI)

  • Supports digestion of proteins, fats, carbs

  • Enzymes for protein, fat, starch, sugars*

  • Additive-free

  • Great for travel & dining out

  • Non-GMO

  • Free of common allergens

Introducing Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes, for those who feel bloated, gassy, or have acid reflux after a meal.* So you can relax after eating and soak up all of the wholesome nutrients in your food.

Our Enzymes + HCl is the only digestive supplement on the market that combines a balanced dose of HCl and pepsin, along with vital enzymes that support stomach acid production and help digest protein, fat and carbs. (Other supplements contain higher doses of HCl, which can be harsh and cause heartburn.)

Who takes Smidge™'s multi-enzyme with HCl and pepsin?

  • Those seeking to restore their HCl levels and maximize absorption of nutrients*

  • Those aiming to reduce gas, bloating, belching and other occasional symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)*

  • Those on GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), paleo, ancestral or real food diets with higher fat and protein content (also those eating limited grains and carbs)

  • Those on a daily regimen of medications (which can interfere with digestion)*

And, folks with lots of stress often have issues with stomach acid and try this multi-enzyme with HCl. They may be taking in lots of carbs and dealing with food allergies, sugar cravings and mild nutrient deficiencies, too.

120 vegetarian capsules

What does Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes do?

When people experience GERD — which presents itself through indigestion and gassiness after eating — the problem is actually mal-digested food flowing back into the esophagus. And because the esophagus wasn't created to tolerate acidic foods traveling north from the stomach, it burns. You know the feeling.

You may be surprised to learn that in many cases what's needed is more acid and more digestive secretions to help digest the food.*

This is where a clean digestive enzyme with a gentle dose of HCl (hydrochloric acid) can help you eat up comfortably.

HCl is the acid found in the digestive juices your body creates, and is integral to our formula.

Here's how the HCl helps to calm these common symptoms, in tandem with our thoughtful enzyme blend:

  • HCl promotes the production of stomach acid your body is craving (The stomach is all about acid! It's designed for a normal pH of 0.8, which is almost pure acid)*.

  • It supports the digestion of protein, the only nutrient that must be prepared by hydrochloric acid before your stomach's naturally occurring enzymes can do their thing.

  • It helps trigger critical digestive activities like releasing pancreatic enzymes and bile to break down food into smaller particles, which are more easily converted and assimilated into useful nutrients in your intestines.

  • HCl may contribute to easing further symptoms like occasional constipation and diarrhea, caused by inflammatory foods.*

  • It also promotes gut health and may discourage the survival of harmful microorganisms.*

How these digestive enzymes with HCl work

And here's how the components in our small-batch HCl + Enzymes work together to break down each yummy bite:

  • As we touched on above, HCl supports digestion of proteins in your tummy.*

  • Pepsin and protease peptidase complex (with exopeptidase and DPP-IV enzymes) also support optimal protein digestion, as well as casein and gluten digestion.*

  • Lipase (three types) helps to digest fats.

  • Amylase, lactase and phytase aid in the digestion of starches, dairy and veggies.*

Dosage:

Always start with a smidge! Then take one capsule daily with food. Then take two capsules together, or as directed by a certified healthcare practitioner. (See "low and slow" note below.) Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes contains (hydrochloric acid), an important ingredient for people with low stomach acid production.

Start low and slow: Smidge™ supplements are premium, pure and potent. Therefore, it's critically important to start slowly, with a lower dosage than recommended. For example, a very small dose every other day, or even once a week, until you can determine how the supplement affects your body and what dosage feels right for you.

Warning:

  • Because Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes contains HCl (hydrochloric acid), it's not intended for babies or toddlers, unless otherwise prescribed by a healthcare professional.

  • Please do not open the capsule; consuming the powder directly may erode tooth enamel, cause and/or irritate the soft tissue lining of the mouth and esophagus. Do not take this product if you have an ulcer. If you experience any stomach upset or heartburn, discontinue use immediately.

  • Keep out of reach of children.

Storage:

Store in a cool, dry area, away from direct light.

Shipping:

This product is shelf-stable, does not require refrigeration. We use a combination of shipping services with tracking to best serve our customers.

For more information about our shipping options and policy, click here.

Overview plus minus

Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes (formerly Gutzyme™ HCI)

  • Supports digestion of proteins, fats, carbs

  • Enzymes for protein, fat, starch, sugars*

  • Additive-free

  • Great for travel & dining out

  • Non-GMO

  • Free of common allergens

Introducing Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes, for those who feel bloated, gassy, or have acid reflux after a meal.* So you can relax after eating and soak up all of the wholesome nutrients in your food.

Our Enzymes + HCl is the only digestive supplement on the market that combines a balanced dose of HCl and pepsin, along with vital enzymes that support stomach acid production and help digest protein, fat and carbs. (Other supplements contain higher doses of HCl, which can be harsh and cause heartburn.)

Who takes Smidge™'s multi-enzyme with HCl and pepsin?

  • Those seeking to restore their HCl levels and maximize absorption of nutrients*

  • Those aiming to reduce gas, bloating, belching and other occasional symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)*

  • Those on GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), paleo, ancestral or real food diets with higher fat and protein content (also those eating limited grains and carbs)

  • Those on a daily regimen of medications (which can interfere with digestion)*

And, folks with lots of stress often have issues with stomach acid and try this multi-enzyme with HCl. They may be taking in lots of carbs and dealing with food allergies, sugar cravings and mild nutrient deficiencies, too.

120 vegetarian capsules

What does it do? plus minus

What does Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes do?

When people experience GERD — which presents itself through indigestion and gassiness after eating — the problem is actually mal-digested food flowing back into the esophagus. And because the esophagus wasn't created to tolerate acidic foods traveling north from the stomach, it burns. You know the feeling.

You may be surprised to learn that in many cases what's needed is more acid and more digestive secretions to help digest the food.*

This is where a clean digestive enzyme with a gentle dose of HCl (hydrochloric acid) can help you eat up comfortably.

HCl is the acid found in the digestive juices your body creates, and is integral to our formula.

Here's how the HCl helps to calm these common symptoms, in tandem with our thoughtful enzyme blend:

  • HCl promotes the production of stomach acid your body is craving (The stomach is all about acid! It's designed for a normal pH of 0.8, which is almost pure acid)*.

  • It supports the digestion of protein, the only nutrient that must be prepared by hydrochloric acid before your stomach's naturally occurring enzymes can do their thing.

  • It helps trigger critical digestive activities like releasing pancreatic enzymes and bile to break down food into smaller particles, which are more easily converted and assimilated into useful nutrients in your intestines.

  • HCl may contribute to easing further symptoms like occasional constipation and diarrhea, caused by inflammatory foods.*

  • It also promotes gut health and may discourage the survival of harmful microorganisms.*

How these digestive enzymes with HCl work

And here's how the components in our small-batch HCl + Enzymes work together to break down each yummy bite:

  • As we touched on above, HCl supports digestion of proteins in your tummy.*

  • Pepsin and protease peptidase complex (with exopeptidase and DPP-IV enzymes) also support optimal protein digestion, as well as casein and gluten digestion.*

  • Lipase (three types) helps to digest fats.

  • Amylase, lactase and phytase aid in the digestion of starches, dairy and veggies.*

Directions plus minus

Dosage:

Always start with a smidge! Then take one capsule daily with food. Then take two capsules together, or as directed by a certified healthcare practitioner. (See "low and slow" note below.) Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes contains (hydrochloric acid), an important ingredient for people with low stomach acid production.

Start low and slow: Smidge™ supplements are premium, pure and potent. Therefore, it's critically important to start slowly, with a lower dosage than recommended. For example, a very small dose every other day, or even once a week, until you can determine how the supplement affects your body and what dosage feels right for you.

Warning:

  • Because Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes contains HCl (hydrochloric acid), it's not intended for babies or toddlers, unless otherwise prescribed by a healthcare professional.

  • Please do not open the capsule; consuming the powder directly may erode tooth enamel, cause and/or irritate the soft tissue lining of the mouth and esophagus. Do not take this product if you have an ulcer. If you experience any stomach upset or heartburn, discontinue use immediately.

  • Keep out of reach of children.

Storage plus minus

Storage:

Store in a cool, dry area, away from direct light.

Shipping plus minus

Shipping:

This product is shelf-stable, does not require refrigeration. We use a combination of shipping services with tracking to best serve our customers.

For more information about our shipping options and policy, click here.

What Experts Say

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HCL helps improve stomach acid levels which, in turn, stimulate the body's production of bile... We love [Smidge™ HCL + Enzymes].

Jaclyn Harwell

The Family That Heals Together

Founder photo
HCL helps improve stomach acid levels which, in turn, stimulate the body's production of bile... We love [Smidge™ HCL + Enzymes].

Jaclyn Harwell

The Family That Heals Together

Ingredients

Betaine Hydrochloride

Pepsin

Lipase

Amylase

Protease Peptidase Complex with Exopeptidase and DPP-IV Activity

Lactase

Phytase

Cellulose (base for encapsulation)

Vegetarian Capsule

Betaine Hydrochloride

Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in beets and plants. Some doctors recommend it as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who are deficient in stomach acid.*

Pepsin

Pepsin is the main digestive enzyme in the stomach. It further aids in the digestion of protein, turning them into polypeptides (short-chain amino acids that form protein molecules).*

Lipase

This digestive enzyme — produced in the pancreas, mouth and stomach — helps break down dietary fats so the intestines can easily absorb them. It also allows nutrients and waste to move through cellular walls.*

Amylase

The digestive enzyme amylase, found in saliva and pancreatic fluid, helps convert starch and glycogen into simple sugars.*

Protease Peptidase Complex with Exopeptidase and DPP-IV Activity

Digestive enzymes found in the pancreas and the stomach that help break down proteins into amino acids, which the body uses for energy. They also play a vital role in blood clotting and cell division.*

Lactase

A digestive enzyme found in the small intestine of humans and other mammals. It's essential to the complete digestion of whole milk, as it breaks down lactose, a sugar which gives milk its sweetness.*

Phytase

This digestive enzyme is a key to bone health.* Commonly found in plant material, it helps break down grains, legumes, seeds and corn.

Cellulose (base for encapsulation)

Cellulose is a naturally occurring substance (ie a long chain of sugar molecules) that's an important cellular component of green plants. We chose this ingredient to satisfy the needs of our most sensitive customers.

Vegetarian Capsule

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), water. Our vegetable (vegan) capsules consist of only two ingredients: HPMC and purified water. HPMC is derived from vegetable cellulose of either pine or poplar. 100% natural, these capsules contain no preservatives, no gelatin, wheat, animal by-products or starch.

Betaine Hydrochloride

Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in beets and plants. Some doctors recommend it as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who are deficient in stomach acid.*

Pepsin

Pepsin is the main digestive enzyme in the stomach. It further aids in the digestion of protein, turning them into polypeptides (short-chain amino acids that form protein molecules).*

Lipase

This digestive enzyme — produced in the pancreas, mouth and stomach — helps break down dietary fats so the intestines can easily absorb them. It also allows nutrients and waste to move through cellular walls.*

Amylase

The digestive enzyme amylase, found in saliva and pancreatic fluid, helps convert starch and glycogen into simple sugars.*

Protease Peptidase Complex with Exopeptidase and DPP-IV Activity

Digestive enzymes found in the pancreas and the stomach that help break down proteins into amino acids, which the body uses for energy. They also play a vital role in blood clotting and cell division.*

Lactase

A digestive enzyme found in the small intestine of humans and other mammals. It's essential to the complete digestion of whole milk, as it breaks down lactose, a sugar which gives milk its sweetness.*

Phytase

This digestive enzyme is a key to bone health.* Commonly found in plant material, it helps break down grains, legumes, seeds and corn.

Cellulose (base for encapsulation)

Cellulose is a naturally occurring substance (ie a long chain of sugar molecules) that's an important cellular component of green plants. We chose this ingredient to satisfy the needs of our most sensitive customers.

Vegetarian Capsule

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), water. Our vegetable (vegan) capsules consist of only two ingredients: HPMC and purified water. HPMC is derived from vegetable cellulose of either pine or poplar. 100% natural, these capsules contain no preservatives, no gelatin, wheat, animal by-products or starch.

FAQ

Is Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes safe for children?

Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes is safe for children who can swallow the pill whole. We do not recommend opening the capsule, because the HCl can be irritating to the teeth and throat.

Where is this product sourced and created?

Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes is sourced and produced in the U.S.!

Is Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes free of common allergens?

Yes :) It's free of milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, yeast and soybeans.

What are the enzymes in Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes derived?

The enzymes are derived from Aspergillus (fungus) via fermentation. For this reason, we do not recommend the product for individuals who have an Aspergillus allergy. As always, consult with a certified medical practitioner, preferably one familiar with gut health, before starting any new supplement. The HCl is derived in a lab by a proprietary process. And the pepsin is derived from porcine collagen, primarily the bones and skin of the pig.

What is the difference between Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes and Smidge™ Digestive Enzymes?

Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes contains HCl and pepsin and aims to restore HCl levels and maximize the absorption of fats, proteins, minerals and other nutrients. It's perfect for people who are following the GAPS Diet, restricting their grains and carbohydrate intake, and looking to restore their HCl levels and also maximize their absorption of fats, proteins, minerals and other nutrients.

Smidge™ Digestive Enzymes is a digestive supplement for people who have adequate HCl (hydrochloric acid) levels but want to maximize their absorption of fats, proteins, minerals and other nutrients. It includes all the same enzymes as HCl + Enzymes, plus additional enzymes to support the digestion of beans and other carbohydrates.

Can I use Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes together with Smidge™ Digestive Enzymes?

Yes! Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes can be used in tandem or sequentially with Smidge™ Digestive Enzymes, which does not have HCl and pepsin but has more digestive enzymes for carbs and veggies. Some customers start with Smidge™ HCl + Enzymes and then move onto only Smidge™ Digestive Enzymes after their HCl levels are up. Some use the two in tandem for different meals over the same day.

Can I take HCl + Enzymes with my probiotics?

GIve them a breather. This product has contraindications, so it's best to take it apart from your probiotics. For instance, you could take your probiotics in the morning with breakfast and take the enzymes with lunch or dinner.

What happens when you don't have enough HCl in your stomach?

Your body tells you… Unfortunately, some people have a hard time producing enough HCl. This is particularly true when you're older. People over the age of 65 years are most likely to have low levels of hydrochloric acid.[2]

Sometimes stress or illness can also trigger a decrease in acid production.

Antacids and proton pump inhibitors are responsible for many people's problems with hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid).

Here are some possible symptoms that can bubble up if you don't have enough HCl*:

  1. You miss out on critical nutrients and minerals that have not been released through the process of digestion. Low HCl has been linked to the inability to digest essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, selenium and the vitamins B12, thiamine and folate.

  2. Unwelcome microbes stow away on your food and take up residence in your stomach and intestines. Research has shown that low stomach acid is linked to pathogenic microbial blooms in the beginning of the small intestine. Some of these microbes occupy the sphincter muscle at the top of your stomach, paralyzing the sphincter. As a result, undigested food from your stomach (along with depleted and sparse acid in the mix) bubbles up causing heartburn and acid reflux. So what is considered "acid reflux" is more often a sign of low stomach acid and undigested food particles backing up into the esophagus.

  3. Digestion of carbohydrates via acidity doesn't stop in the stomach like it's supposed to. Microbes that have also survived into your stomach due to the low pH ferment the carbohydrate cause gas and bloating.

  4. The flow of bile (and pancreatic enzymes are not released), making it harder for your body to finish digesting foods in the small intestine.

You can experience brain fog and low energy. Your entire body needs the amino acid building blocks of protein to function. Enzymes, neurotransmitters, muscles, connective tissue — all of these are proteins. And if you can't digest protein properly, you can't make these important nutrients. Even worse, some proteins when improperly broken down can form opiate-like substances that disrupt brain chemistry and development.

I'm on the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet. How does the HCl and pepsin in this supplement work to support this protocol?

We love our GAPS community <3 If you're putting time and energy into preparing protein-rich, real foods with healthy fats, you want to get the most out of them. HCl + Enzymes allows you to get every ounce of nourishment out of your diet.

It has digestive enzymes for carbs, dairy and veggies. But the emphasis is on lipase, pepsin and other proteases for digesting fats and protein.

Even more, it contains a critical digestive substance you won't find combined with pepsin in most other digestive supplements: hydrochloric acid (HCl).

Because of this unique combination, HCl + Enzymes is one of the few digestive supplements explicitly designed to support the comfortable digestion of protein and fats.*

For example, at a recent conference, a certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner approached us and explained she's been implementing the diet with her son. While it seemed to be helping, he was also stuck. Yet when she started giving him HCl + Enzymes, she said it was like a lightbulb flicked on in her son. Everything started working as she'd hoped. His cognitive and physical health finally hit the levels she'd been working so hard to help him achieve.*

As Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, creator of the GAPS diet, puts it: "HCl is like the first critical person in an assembly line. If HCl isn't there in adequate amounts, nothing can quite make up for it. The whole assembly line breaks down."

(Please note that while this probiotic may be suitable for people on dietary protocols, we do not claim it cures the health conditions that prompt the diets.)

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08/14/2020
Tatyana M.
United States United States
Very good results! Works!

Worked very good for my GI! My heartburn is gone! Thank you!

LD
05/19/2020
luke d.
United States United States
Digestive enzymes with HCL- hard to find

We love this product

05/19/2020
Smidge™

Thank you so much for your 5-star review on GutZyme HCI [Smidge™ HCl + Enzymess]. This enzyme is unique and has our magnificent enzyme complex, as well as HCI and pepsin included making it a very well rounded enzyme product. It is incredible for those who may have low stomach acid or need help to digest protein-containing meals. Gutzyme HCI [Smidge™ HCl + Enzymess] pairs well with our probiotics but must be taken at different meal times to ensure no harm to the bacteria. Keep up the great work, we appreciate your feedback;)

BB
01/22/2020
Brandie B.
United States United States
Life changing!!

These have been a total game changer for myself and my two children who unfortunately inherited my digestive issues. Please never stop making this product!

01/22/2020
Smidge™

Hello Brandie :) We're so glad to hear that GutZyme HCl [Smidge™ HCl + Enzymess] has been a game changer for you and your two kiddos as to supporting your digestion. We will definitely continue to offer this special digestive enzyme :) Thanks for your support and we wish you and your family the best! Warm regards,

JM
11/15/2019
Jimi M.
United States United States
GutZyme HCI [Smidge™ HCl + Enzymess]

Product works for me. Helps with my digestion. Especially over night.

11/15/2019
Smidge™

Hello Jimi, Thank you for sharing your experience with GutZyme HCl [Smidge™ HCl + Enzymess]. We're so glad to hear that it's yielding overnight results with your digestion and that you're liking the product. We appreciate your support and wish you the best on your healthy journey! Sincerely,

AH
06/06/2019
Angela H.
United States United States
Recommending these to my clients!

Your enzymes and probiotics are excellent products. I have multiple food and chemical sensitivities. It took me a long time to find digestive enzymes and probiotics that were clean enough for my system. These suit me very well. As a Certfied Natural Health Professional, I will recommend your products, specifically the enzymes and Gut Pro probiotics to my clients.

06/06/2019
Smidge™

Hello Angela! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled to hear that you're happy with the purity of your probiotics and digestive enzymes by Smidge and that you found what you were searching for after all this time! We are also so grateful to have your recommendation, especially given your expertise as a Certified Natural Health Professional. It means the world to us, truly :) If you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help and ensure you have all of the information you need so you and your clients can have the best results with Smidge products. Warm regards,