Higher Nature - Betaine HCL (90 capsules)
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Betaine hydrochloride is the acidic form of Tri-Methyl Glycine (TMG). Too little stomach acid can cause discomfort and poor digestion. Hydrochloric acid is also important for Vitamin B12 absorption. Helps support natural stomach acid levels to aid protein digestion and mineral absorption Levels of stomach acid naturally decline with age or with busy lifestyles Low levels can cause discomfort and bloating Provides a natural source of HCL
One capsule provides 300mg betaine hydrochloride.
Encapsulated with these natural ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silicon dioxide, vegetable magnesium stearate. Please note actual image may vary.Information on this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition.
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Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL) is an acid form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in grains and other foods. Used alone or in combination with pepsin, it is an effective supplement for people who have low stomach acid production (hypochlorhydria) or even an absence of stomach acid (achlorhydria).
Why is it in Vitiligo Store?
Hypochlorhydria often goes undiagnosed or, worse still, wrongly diagnosed as high stomach acid, because the symptoms are confusingly similar. This confusion often leads to the inappropriate use of antacids, which may give temporary relief but make the condition much worse by lowering acid levels further. It is now thought to be statistically more likely that an individual who experiences symptoms of indigestion will have too little stomach acid, not too much and the risk of deficiency increases with age. It is also statisitcally more likely that individuals with vitiligo or other autoimmune conditions will have hypochlorhydria. In fact low stomach acid, when left untreated, has been positively linked to numerous chronic diseases, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, and autoimmune conditions including vitiligo.
How does it work?
Insufficient stomach acid means that the body is unable to absorb essential antioxidant vitamins like C, A and E, as well as vitamin B12 (a common deficiency in vitiligo) and the minerals calcium, magnesium and iron. It also means that proteins are not broken down and digested properly.
Taking an appropriate amount of Betaine HCL with meals (especially those containing protein) provides the stomach with the right levels of hydrochloric acid to be able to digest food properly, absorb nutrients for the maintenance of good health and to empty the stomach effectively (thus avoiding acid reflux or heartburn). It also creates the right environment to sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested, reducing the risk of candida and other forms of bacterial overgrowth.
Tips from The Vit Pro
- It is worth knowing that not everyone with low stomach acid experiences digestive symptoms. So, even if you don't notice abdominal discomfort, bloating or heartburn after meals, it is still worth finding out if you are deficient. This is especially important if you have vitiligo, food intolerances or any other chronic ill health.
- If you cannot get a clinical test done (which would be the ideal scenario) it is still possible to judge your stomach acid levels by the "trial and error" method described here.
- If you discover that you do have low stomach acid I recommend either taking a betaine supplement that includes pepsin or else taking pure betaine HCL and a separate digestive enzyme supplement because thorough digestion and proper nutritional absorption rely on the presence of sufficient levels of both acid and digestive enzymes.
We recommend that if you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are currently taking medication that you seek advice from a health professional before you take any dietary supplement. Always read the product directions before use and do not exceed the recommended intake. Food Supplements should not be taken as an alternative to a balanced diet. Keep out of reach of children.