Betaine hydrochloride (betaine HCL) is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in grains and other foods. Betaine HCL is recommended as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who have a deficiency of stomach acid production, a condition called hypochlorhydria.
The acidic environment in the stomach helps to break down dietary fats and protein for better assimilation of the smaller nutritional components in the body—proteins into peptides and amino acids, fats into fatty acids.
Pepsin is the powerful enzyme in gastric juice that breaks down dietary protein. The body produces pepsin in response to eating protein, but insufficient pepsin may prevent the proper dismantling of ingested protein and hinder subsequent nutrient absorption.
Hydrochloric acid (HCL) helps in the digestion of fats and proteins. As we get older, the stomach’s ability to secrete HCL and digestive enzymes weakens. Lowered acidity in the stomach is a leading cause of digestive complaints. Insufficient acidity leaves undigested food particles to rot, disallowing vital nutrients to be absorbed. It also creates an environment more prone to support the proliferation of potentially harmful microorganisms.*
Additionally, HCL in the stomach promotes pepsin production. If the stomach becomes an insufficiently acidic environment, pepsin production may also decrease, further inhibiting proper digestion and nutrient absorption. That’s why it’s beneficial to take betaine HCL and pepsin at the same time.*
As with any dietary or herbal supplement, you should advise your health care practitioner of the use of this product. If you have ulcers, gallstones or are nursing, pregnant, or considering pregnancy, you should consult your health care provider prior to taking this product. The use of this supplement is not intended to treat any disease, and does not claim to cure or prevent any disease.
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Note Regarding Children
Please do personal research and consult with your health care professional before giving any supplements to children. Suggested use is typically designed for adults and may be higher than you would give to a child.
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Betaine HCL, Full Strength Pepsin, Gelatin Capsules
Adults and children 12 years of age or over, take 1 capsule with each meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Store at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.