Betaine Hydrochloride is a chemical substance made in a laboratory by combining betaine and hydrochloric acid (HCl). It’s sold as a supplement source of hydrochloric acid for those who may have low acid in the stomach.*
A healthy stomach can produce enough hydrochloric acid to support digestion, nutrient absorption, and immunity. With age or under certain health conditions, people can suffer a deficiency of hydrochloric acid making them susceptible to various infections, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal problems. Hydrochloric acid is crucial for bile secretion which plays a role in detoxification and digestion. Both betaine and HCl are crucial for the breakdown of fat and disposal of chemicals that accumulate in our body and thus protect the liver and gallbladder. Supplementation of betaine HCl may be beneficial to those with inadequate production of HCl.*
Betaine HCl may help improve digestion by increasing the level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid helps break down fats, proteins, and other complex nutrients during digestion and assimilation of these nutrients into our body. The main role of Betaine HCl is to maintain a proper level of acids in the stomach. (1)* Stomach acid is an important part of our immune system that kills the potentially dangerous pathogens in food. It prevents us from getting various infections and its deficiency could cause vulnerabilities. (2)*
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You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products. It should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to the lack of research on its effects on the fetus. *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.