- A potent digestive aid
- Aids in protein and fat digestion
- Supports optimal stomach acidity*
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 animo acids, fats into fatty acids.
Hydrochloric acid (HCL) helps in the digestion of fats and proteins. As we get older, the stomach�s ability to secrete HCL weakens. Lowered acidity in the stomach is a leading cause of digestive complaints and can lead to chronic inflammation if left untreated. 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. Symptoms of low stomach acidity may include gas, bloating, food allergies, constipation, anemia, and nausea.*
The digestive enzyme pepsin is activated in an acidic environment. Because pepsin and HCL work together to break down your food, healthcare professionals recommend taking pepsin at the same time you take your HCL supplements.*
*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.
Stomach acid or Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) is a powerful digestive agent. A healthy stomach contains HCL in an adequate concentration to maintain a pH between 1 and 2. Low levels of HCL can lead to improperly, incompletely, or poorly digest food fragments that may cause an imbalance in the growth of normal bacterial flora in the intestines. With age, stomach acid secretion tends to decrease. Result: low stomach acid, poor digestion, mineral deficiency, and disease, in that order. What to do? Our HCL Betaine helps make minerals and nutrients more absorbable. Achieving the correct balance of flora is a key to maintaining proper digestive function and overall health.
HCL = HCl = Hydrochloric Acid
-Fat and Protein Digestion, Heartburn, Mineral Deficiency, Gas, Bloating, Indigestion, Acid reflux.
Hydrochloric acid is responsible for the digestion of fats and proteins. Betaine hydrochloride (betaine HCL) is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in grains and other foods. Betaine hydrochloride is recommended as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who have a deficiency of stomach acid production (hypochlorhydria).*
Deficiency of Gastric Acid
Stomach acid or Hydrochloric Acid (HCL abbreviated here for added clarity with all capitals HCL)(note: probably should stick with HCL and remove the note about HCL in all caps) is a powerful digestive aid. After a high-protein meal, the pH in a healthy stomach may drop to as low as 1 or 2. However, buffers quickly raise the pH back to 3 or 4.*
With age, stomach acid secretion tends to decrease. Resulting in: low stomach acid, poor digestion, mineral deficiency, and disease, in that order. What to do? Our HCL supplements help make minerals and nutrients more absorbable. Achieving the correct balance of flora is a key to maintaining proper digestive function and overall health.*
A deficiency of gastric acid secretion increases the likelihood and severity of certain bacterial and parasitic intestinal infections. This causes an imbalance in the growth of normal bacterial flora in the intestines.*
Dr. Clark repeatedly stated that people were better off taking HCL instead of acidophilus, because if the �acid barrier� (the stomach) is in proper order it stops inhospitable microorganisms from entering the colon, this results in growth of good flora in the colon without the constant assistance of acidophilus supplements.*
Overall people start lacking in HCL secretion at age 40. As you can see on the chart HCL drops 75% by the time you are in your 40s. HCL secretion is close to 200 mg/hr at 11 years compared to about 50 mg/hr in the late 40s. This is an average; you may be below or above. This chart was published by Dr. Jonathan Wright in the book "Why Stomach Acid is Good for You". People with lineage from the Nordic and Germanic countries have a particular tendency to lack HCL at a younger age than others.*
Apart from digestive problems, a good indication of lack of hydrochloric acid are splitting nails and nails that look like a washboard because HCL helps you get the minerals you need for healthy nails and hair from your food.*
Hydrochloric Acid is a big deal and that is why we carry three varieties:
Hydrochloric acid 5% drops, 1 fl. oz:
The HCL Liquid comes in a 1oz bottle, we recommend you use up to 45 drops per meal mixed in food. Read warnings and never put directly in your mouth.
Betaine HCL capsules, 100 capsules:
The HCL capsules are by far the most common way to increase acid levels in stomach. It�s handy to use because it comes packaged in capsules.
Glutamic Acid HCL powder, � cup:
If the Betine HCL does not agree you then use this version of acid increasing supplement. The Glutamic Acid comes in a powder form.
How do the HCL supplements compare?
To answer this question we adjusted 1 qt. (L) of water to pH of 5.5, representing an unhealthy and alkaline stomach, we then added the 3 different HCL supplements to 3 different batches of water and obtained the following results:
- Betaine HCL 1 capsule = 3.2pH
- Glutamic Acid 3 scoops of powder = 3.3pH
- HCL 5% 45 drops = 3.4pH
Most people use Betaine HCL capsules however some have sensitivity for it so they choose the Glutamic Acid HCL powder or the Hydrochloric acid 5% drops or a combination thereof.
While Betaine HCL can be considered stronger the other two have the added benefit of being mixable into foods. In addition to aid your digestion by increasing your stomach acid Glutamic Acid Powder has many additional benefits unrelated to digestion.
Research indicates that Glutamic Acid fuels brain function, and can attach itself to nitrogen atoms. This may help to support the natural cleansing of the body of ammonia. Glutamic acid is crucial for proper cell function. It serves as an important neurotransmitter in the brain and is involved in both the learning and memory process. Glutamic Acid represents the combined levels of glutamine and glutamic acid.*
Note: Glutamic Acid HCL powder is different from our Glutamine.
Glutamine, 500mg Capsules on the other hand helps provide your body with amino acid in its free-form that benefits the nervous system, helps to build muscles (protein building block) and maintain liver health. Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino-acids in the body, and every cell needs glutamine as both a source of energy and for proper cell division.*
Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) 5% Drops (1 fl. oz.); also called Dr. Clark Digestive Power is best taken by mixing up to 45 drops per meal in food. Dr. Clark Digestive Power is also a great food sanitizer. Stir up to 45 drops into liquid foods, like a cup of soup for example, before putting it in the fridge, thereby curbing the growth of bacteria - making it last longer.*
Remember to take Pepsin: Because Pepsin and HCL work together to break your food down, healthcare professionals recommend you take Pepsin at the same time you take any of our three kinds of HCL supplements.*
Note: Dr. Wright finds that in very rare cases people have too much acid; in that case you will feel a burning sensation or heartburn when taking HCL with your food. In that case talk to your Health Care Professional to confirm that suspicion and consider taking Dr. Clark Balanced Bicarb Antacid*
HCL Betaine is the same thing as our Hydrochloric Acid 5% (below), only in capsule form. Most users report better results with the capsules. For best results take with Pepsin. [link to Pepsin and vice versa: Pepsin is often taken together with HCL Betaine for extra digestive power]
Only take if you have lower-than-normal gastric acid.
Immediately stop use if you experience adverse reactions.
Do not take if on any kind of anti-inflammatory medication.
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.
Interaction with Medication and Other Supplements
If you are taking medications, you should check with your physician or pharmacist prior to using our products. You can also get drug interaction information from one of the many sites on the Internet. Search for: Interaction with Medications, Supplements.
Note Regarding Children
Please do personal research and consult with your health care professional before giving any herbs to children. The educational directions enclosed suggest a much lower quantity for children than for adults. It is important to read accompanying literature prior to using this product.
The use of this herbal supplement is a traditional nutritional use that is not intended to be prescribed for, or to treat any disease, and does not claim to cure any disease.
Consult with Your Healthcare Professional
Please do not use the directions as a substitute for the advice of your health care professional. We are not responsible or liable for any actions or diagnosis made by you based on the instructions. We encourage you to consult with your health care professional, do personal research, and check all our ingredients against a reference book before consuming this product.
Betaine Hydrochloride, rice flour,gelatin capsule
Suggested Usage: Adults and children 12 years of age or over, take up to 2 capsules once daily with meal or as directed by a health professional.
Store at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.