Betaine Hydrochloride

Your stomach produces gastric juices which contain hydrochloric acid that is responsible for the breakdown of proteins and destruction of unwanted bacteria and parasites. Hypochlorhydria, or low stomach acid, is a condition that may be implicated in a variety of digestive system complaints including indigestion and allergies. Stomach acid levels decline with age and may also be reduced by stress and antacid use.

As food leaves the stomach, the acidity of the stomach contents triggers the release of enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the gallbladder. Pancreatic enzymes and bile are needed for the complete breakdown and digestion of carbohydrates and fats.

What it does

  1. Digestion of food: Supports complete digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and proper absorption of nutrients.
  2. Immune support: Hydrochloric acid will kill parasites, bacteria and viruses that enter the body via food and is therefore a first line of defense for the immune system. Betaine hydrochloride may be of benefit in preventing infectious agents from entering the body from the digestive system e.g. food poisoning.
  3. Mineral absorption: Hydrochloric acid is necessary to release minerals from food. Signs of mineral deficiency such as anaemia and poor condition of hair, skin and nails may be indicative of low stomach acid.

Potential Uses

Acne Candida Heartburn (mild)
Hiatus hernia Indigestion Flatulence
Leaky gut Mineral deficiency IBS
Food allergy Parasites

Betaine hydrochloride is used to help digestive disorders and complaints related to incomplete digestion of protein such as joint and skin inflammation and food allergies.

Low stomach acid can lead to a tendency to bacterial infections such helicobacter pylori and intestinal parasites.


Tablets must be swallowed whole and taken with a cold drink.

If you experience a burning sensation in the stomach after taking betaine hydrochloride, cease use immediately.

If you have gastritis, stomch or duodenal ulcers or heartburn do not take betaine hydrochloride.

If you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone drugs or any medication which increases the risk of stomach ulcers, do not use betaine hydrochloride.

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