HCL features the powerful ingredient, betaine hydrochloride, which assists the body’s natural stomach acids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, especially protein, vitamin B12, calcium, iron and other minerals.
As we age, we typically produce less hydrochloric acid (technically abbreviated as HCl, we use the common abbreviation of HCL) which reduces our ability to efficiently absorb nutrients from food. Taking betaine hydrochloride can promote absorption of essential nutrients, especially protein and minerals. Reduced HCL production affects the amount of protein and calcium we can absorb and can interfere with bone metabolism. Incomplete protein metabolism can imbalance intestinal flora.
Low stomach acid, also known as hypochlorhydria, is much more common than people realize. Common signs of low stomach acid are bloating, gas, burping, diarrhea, hair loss, heartburn, parasites, and intestinal infections. This means the food is only being partially broken down which releases gas as the food ferments. With adequate stomach acid, gases do not develop and the food will move quickly out of the stomach to undergo proper nutrient assimilation. Supplementing with HCL during meals is the most efficient way we have found to solve this problem. Digestive bitters, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and ginger also support HCL production and are encouraged but results vary. The foods we eat are also a common problem as most grains and other rich foods absorb many of the limited gastric juices the stomach has available.
Usage: Start with 1 capsule with a meal. Increase by one capsule each subsequent meal until a warming sensation is felt, then back down by one capsule and that is your optimal dosage. If you have had very low stomach acid for some time, you may experience slight discomfort or nausea as the lower pH may be breaking down old food residues and/or bacteria in the stomach.