HCl + Enzymes

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  • Supports digestion of proteins, fats, gluten, casein

  • Additive-free

  • Great for travel & dining out

  • Non-GMO

  • Free of common allergens

  • Supports mineral absorption

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Smidge® HCl + Enzymes (formerly GutZyme™ HCI)

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, gluten and casein.

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)*
  • Those who want to absorb more minerals from their diets.

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

  • Supports digestion of proteins, fats, gluten, casein

    Supports digestion of proteins, fats, gluten, casein

  • Additive-free

    Additive-free

  • Great for travel & dining out

    Great for travel & dining out

  • Non-GMO

    Non-GMO

  • Free of common allergens

    Free of common allergens

  • Supports mineral absorption

    Supports mineral absorption

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) and pepsin 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.

  • Also, please avoid if you have mold sensitivities, an Aspergillus allergy, or a compromised immune system, as the enzymes are derived from Aspergillus (fungus) via fermentation.* 

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. Our goal is to get your package to you in the most efficient manner. For more information about our shipping options and policy, click here.

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Smidge® HCl + Enzymes (formerly GutZyme™ HCI)

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, gluten and casein.

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)*
  • Those who want to absorb more minerals from their diets.

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

  • Supports digestion of proteins, fats, gluten, casein

    Supports digestion of proteins, fats, gluten, casein

  • Additive-free

    Additive-free

  • Great for travel & dining out

    Great for travel & dining out

  • Non-GMO

    Non-GMO

  • Free of common allergens

    Free of common allergens

  • Supports mineral absorption

    Supports mineral absorption

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) and pepsin 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.

  • Also, please avoid if you have mold sensitivities, an Aspergillus allergy, or a compromised immune system, as the enzymes are derived from Aspergillus (fungus) via fermentation.* 

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. Our goal is to get your package to you in the most efficient manner. For more information about our shipping options and policy, click here.

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What Experts Say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (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

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.

Also, please avoid if you have mold sensitivities, an Aspergillus allergy, or a compromised immune system, as the enzymes are derived from Aspergillus (fungus) via fermentation.* 

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?

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

However, please avoid if you have mold sensitivities, an Aspergillus allergy, or a compromised immune system, as the enzymes are derived from Aspergillus (fungus) via fermentation.*

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 or a compromised immune system*

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.

As always, consult with a certified medical practitioner, preferably one familiar with gut health, before starting any new supplement.

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

Smidge® HCl + Enzymes is our original formula that contains HCl (hydrochloric acid) and pepsin. It's ideal for people with occasional acid reflux, gas or bloating and want a gentle dose of HCl and pepsin with their digestive enzymes. Many of our customers following the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet or other ancestral protocols that call for restricting grains and carb intake take it, as it helps break down of meat and animal proteins.* It also helps restore HCl levels and maximize the absorption of fats, proteins and minerals. 

Smidge® Digestive Enzymes is a digestive supplement for people with adequate HCl levels and want to maximize their absorption of fats, proteins and hard-to-digest carbs. It includes all the same enzymes as Smidge® HCl + Enzymes, plus additional enzymes to support the digestion of beans, cruciferous veggies and other carbohydrates. You can even open up the capsules to consume, since the formula does not contain HCl. Smidge® Digestive Enzymes are a nice choice for the whole family or those new to enzymes to support comfortable digestion and nutrient absorption.*

Many of our customers have both on hand, depending on what’s on their plates!

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 on to 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 little breather. This product has contraindications, so taking it apart from your probiotics is best. 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 65 are most likely to have low levels of hydrochloric acid. 

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

Antacids and proton pump inhibitors can also play a role in hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid). 

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

You miss out on critical nutrients and minerals that have yet to be released through the digestion process. Low HCl has been linked to the inability to digest essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, selenium and the vitamins B12, thiamine and folate.* 

Unwelcome microbes stow away on your food and reside 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.* 

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

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 may 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 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 lets you 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, a certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner approached us at a recent conference 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, says: "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 product may be suitable for people on dietary protocols, we do not claim it cures the health conditions that prompt the diets.) 

Customer Reviews

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  • WH
    William H.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    My go to enzyme

    I’ve had no issues with the HCL enzymes which was my original concern. I use in combination with the non HCL (vegan) enzyme and probiotics to have a balanced approach to digestive health.

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    Smidge®
    2 months ago

    Thank you for giving us a 5-star review. We are happy to hear that the HCl + Enzymes are working well for you and you haven't had any problems, especially since you were worried about it at first. Thanks for sharing your story with us today. Have an awesome day!

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    Roho
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Be careful!

    Love Smidge products! This one was an accidental purchase - meant to only buy the regular digestive enzymes because I struggle with h.pylori and ulcers along with low stomach acid... I took these instead of the regular ones and the burn was felt from my stomach into my intestines. It burned for HOURS and it was so painful I considered the ER. So beware! If you have holes in your gut lining for any reason, this acid will burn like you swallowed fire. :( Will not try these again and will stick with the regular ones.

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    Smidge®
    3 months ago

    Thank you for this honest review. We do sincerely apologize for this experience with our HCl + Enzymes. We recommend not taking this product if you have an ulcer. If you experience any stomach upset or heartburn, discontinue use immediately. Smidge® should have our regulary Digestive Enzymes returning to stock very soon! We apologize this is out of stock at this time. We will capture your email address and add it to our out-of-stock list so you will be notified when this is back in stock with us. We appreciate this review today and wish you well!

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    Suzanne S.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    HCI Enzymes

    It works very well for me. When I use this product I have almost no GERD upon going to bed.

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    Smidge®
    6 months ago

    Thank you for this excellent review! It's wonderful news to hear that our HCl + Enzymes are working so nicely for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us today!

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    kathleen K.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    Happy

    I’m happy to know that when I take these that I’m doing good things for my body and helping my digestive process since I ignorantly did much damage to it through the years. I like knowing these are very ‘clean’ ingredients.

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    Smidge®
    6 months ago

    Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us 5 stars! We are delighted to learn that our product is beneficial to your digestive health. Thank you for choosing Smidge®!

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    Catherine D.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    Cured me!

    I just LOVE this product! After years of being on Omeprazole for heartburn, I mentioned it to the chiropractor that I had started seeing for my knee. He started adjusting for heartburn, and I was ALMOST 100%. He suggested a digestive enzyme, simply because as we age, we need a little help. (I’m 57) My dear friend Carey used your products. She suggested this product and the rest is history! So thrilled to finally have complete relief! Thank you for your fine product!

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    Smidge®
    1 month ago

    Thank you for choosing Smidge® and for the incredible 5-star rating! We are pleased to hear that you loved our product! 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, gluten and casein. We appreciate you sharing with us today! Take care

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