This product provides a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid, an acidifying compound normally produced in the stomach. Maintaining healthy levels of stomach acidity can help support digestion, absorption, and other gastrointestinal functions. The body’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid may be reduced with age and in certain health conditions. This product should only be taken by individuals who have reduced levels of stomach acid.
Hydrochloric acid has several functions that help support healthy gastrointestinal function. In a healthy digestive system, hydrochloric acid (HCl) is naturally secreted to facilitate healthy digestion and absorption of dietary proteins. It denatures protein structure and is needed to activate pepsin, one of the main enzymes involved in breaking down proteins into smaller units. HCl also promotes absorption of minerals and other nutrients and helps stimulate the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes, which are important for fat, protein, and carbohydrate digestion. The acidic environment of the stomach created by the presence of hydrochloric acid can also play an important role in discouraging the survival of harmful microorganisms ingested with food or water.
Betaine HCl should not be taken by individuals who have stomach or duodenal ulcers or are taking drugs that may cause ulcers. Each 648 mg capsule is equivalent to a measurement of 10 grains. This product is free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast, and soybeans. Contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Suggested Use: 1 to 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal. Do not chew or open capsules. This product should not be taken on an empty stomach.
This product was made in a GMP and ISO 9001:2008 registered facility.