Betaine hydrochloride is a source of hydrochloric acid, a naturally occurring stomach acid that helps break up fats and proteins for further digestion in the small intestine. Gastric (stomach) acid also aids in the absorption of nutrients through the walls of the intestines into the blood. Gastric acid also helps protect the gastrointestinal tract from harmful bacteria. A normal level of gastric acid in the stomach—100,000-1,000,000 times more acidic than water—is sufficient to destroy bacteria, but a low level may increase the likelihood and severity of certain bacterial and parasitic intestinal infections.
Causes of low stomach acid
Several factors can cause stomach acid imbalance :-
Taking Vegan HCl - betaine hydrochloride with meals can aid in protein digestion and possibly reduce food sensitivities through improved digestion and may reduce bloating, gas, and poor food absorption if it is caused entirely or in part by having low stomach acid. (Incidentally acid reflux does not necessarily mean the stomach acid is too high).
Vegan HCl is made by chemical synthesis. The source ingredients are chloracetic acid, trimethylamine, soda ash and hydrochloric acid. The main difference between Vegan HCl and all the others, is that the non vegan products also contain pepsin, which we don't find is necessary anyway, which normally comes from a bovine source.
Try one with each meal for a few days. If that doesn't work, increase to 2, then 3 then 4. If you get worse instead of better, the product should be discontinued.
200mg betaine hydrochloride, vegan capsule (cellulose)
Contains 90 capsules
Side effects are seldom seen, but betaine hydrochloride has not been through rigorous safety studies. Its safety, especially for young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease, is not known.
Do not use if you have an ulcer, chrohns or colitis. Not recommended for young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease (see above). If a burning sensation is experienced, betaine hydrochloride should be immediately discontinued.