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Okra Pepsin E3
So theoretically - if you did not eat any protein - then surely the pepsin would not be activated?
Wrong, sorry...: Pepsinogen (the pro-enzyme of pepsin) is activated at a ph of less than 4 largely due to the action of stomach acid. Beside, a diet devoid of protein is a very unhealthy diet indeed. ...Read more
None: Pepsin, the powerful enzyme in gastric juice that digests proteins such as those in meat, eggs, seeds, or dairy products in the stomach. Once in the small intestine, the ph is higher rendering pepsin inactive in further digestion of proteins. Absorption of proteins occurs primarily in the small intestine. ...Read more
A rapid spit test found pepsin in my saliva (35ng/ml). This is meant to be low, but should I be worried? Is some extraesophageal reflux normal?
Some is normal: It is believed that everyone has some extra esophageal reflux. It is only a problem when it starts causing symptoms like phlegm in the throat, throat clearing, difficulty swallowing, lump in the throat sensation, hoarseness, and sore throat to name some of the common symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes pepsin and other enzymes called proteases are activated by the acid in the stomach . The proteases break apart the Amino Acid links within the chain that makes a protein. The freed Amino Acids are then absorbed by the small intestines. Some small chains of Amino Acids are also broken down in the small intestine or absorbed directly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO.: Betaine is only used for patients with homocysteinuria (a genetic metabolic defect) and occasionally xerostomia (inability to produce saliva) or fatty liver disease. Betaine can cause nausea, diarrhea, body odor, and severe GI distress. If your child is having digestive issues, please see her doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Pepsin and Cancer : Some well-reviewed studies have linked the action of pepsin, a natural enzyme produced in the stomach to promote digestion of proteins, to increased promotion of some oral and laryngeal cancers. Some popular web sites tout the positive effects of pepsin, while others warn of the over use of anatscids that actually may interfere with digection. It is best to consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
I'm weening myself off Prevacid with the help of a Betaine/Pepsin HCL pill every morning. It helps but I now have heart palpitations. Side effect?
Betaine HCL/pepsin: There are no reported cases on palpitations but theoretically the pepsin/HCL combo could have negative vagal feedback ( vagus stimulation produces pepsin on our stomach). The vagus nerve via parasympathetic stmulation slows the heart and if it is inhibited there could be increase heart rate. You could try stopping the meds and seeing if palpitations stop. Check B6, folate ,B12 .F/U with doc. ...Read more
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