Beta-Gest protease, hydrochloric acid (from betaine HCl) and lactase reinforce normal stomach digestive secretions compromised by age, stress, alcohol or antacid overuse. Hydrochloric acid readies protein for enzymatic digestion, activates natural gastric enzyme, pepsinogen, and is needed for absorption of phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium and B12. Lactase assists digestion of lactose (milk sugar).* 5 reasons to support stomach efficiency with Beta-Gest Ideal ratio. Together, Betaine hydrochloride, lactase and protein-digesting enzymes help supplement normal stomach digestive secretions that can be compromised by age, stress, alcohol or overuse of antacids.*1 100% plant-sourced in a base of dried beet, rhubarb, licorice root and lemon. No animal ingredients. Hydrochloric acid. Prepares protein for enzymatic activity and assists with mineral and B-vitamin absorption. Focused delivery. Betaine hydrochloride and enzymes, including protease and papain, support protein digestion.*1 Assists lactose digestion. Contains the enzyme lactase to aid in the digestion of lactose (milk sugar) found in dairy and other products.*1 References Sadler M.J., Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Academic Press, 1998. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.