Pancreatin is a mixture of several digestive enzymes – amylase, lipase, and protease. Pancreatin production and secretion by the pancreas is essential to digestion and absorption of numerous nutrients, especially fats.
Much of the pancreatin (and pepsin) on the market is actually diluted with hidden lactose as a means of diluting the potency of a digestive enzyme to meet a given specification. The U.S. Pharmacopeia calls for pepsin and pancreatin to have a specified digestive power. Anything greater than the specified U.S. Pharmacopeia requirement is listed on the label as 2X,
3X, etc., – meaning the product has two or three times the specified digestive power. Pure, raw pancreatin typically has a 9X digestive power. In other words, 9X means the pancreatin is undiluted. Anything less than 9X is diluted, often with lactose. And both prescription and non-prescription digestive enzyme products might contain lactose.
Thorne Research’s pure pancreatin is a lactose-free product and has the highest potency and purity possible. Thorne Research uses only pure, undiluted pancreatin.
Pancreatic Enzymes (Porcine pancreas) 250 mg
Provides: Amylase 83,250 USP units/capsule
Protease 62,250 USP units/capsule
Lipase 9,300 USP units/capsule
Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule.
Take 1 capsule with each meal or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. In case of gastrointestinal reaction, discontinue use, and consult a health-care practitioner.