Essence Nutrition Betaine + Pepsin is a dietary supplement in the form of tablets, which contains betaine hydrochloride and pepsin 1: 3000 MDP. The product is recommended for people who have problems with protein digestion and stomach ache. Betaine is a derivative of the amino acid glycine, which naturally occurs in the body and co-creates gastric juice. Its unique property is involved in the proper metabolism of homocysteine, whose elevated levels are very harmful to health (problems with the cardiovascular system, damage to genes). Homocysteine is an amino acid (derivative of l-cysteine), which is formed during the digestion of proteins, mainly derived from dairy (milk, cheese), as well as eggs, meat and fish. Under optimal conditions, homocysteine is neutralized with the help of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid. The beneficial effect of betaine on reducing homocysteine levels occurs at doses of 1.5g per day. Betaine HCl is very important for the digestive processes that occur in the stomach. As a component of gastric juice, it is responsible for its acidity. It is extremely important due to the formation of low pH, in which proteolytic enzymes (which break down proteins) are the most active, and sterilization of food from bacteria and viruses that die in an extremely acidic environment. Pepsin contained in the supplement is a proteolytic enzyme, a component of gastric juice, which is formed from pepsinogen, which is not metabolically active. To activate the conversion of pepsinogen to pepsin, an extremely acidic environment with extremely low pH is required.