Betaine (100 Capsules)
Support for low stomach acidity
Betaine is a source of hydrochloric acid, which promotes optimal gastric acidity to support protein digestion and absorption of minerals and other nutrients. This compound provides a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid, an acidifying compound normally produced by the stomach during digestion of foods. This product should only be taken by people who have reduced levels of stomach acid. Each 648 mg capsule is equivalent to a measurement of 10 grains.
The breakdown of dietary protein begins in the stomach where gastric hydrochloric acid (HCl) assumes an important role in protein digestion and other processes. Hydrochloric acid acts as a catalyst in the activation of pepsin from pepsinogen. Active pepsin is a proteolytic enzyme which splits large protein molecules into smaller polypeptides. Additionally, hydrochloric acid acts directly on dietary proteins by loosening up their macromolecular structure (denaturing). Gastric hydrochloric acid also helps reduce poorly available trivalent ferric iron into more soluble and absorbable divalent ferrous iron.
Each Capsule Contains:
Betaine hydrochloride.................................... 648 mg
Vegetarian capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, water), microcrystalline cellulose, L-Leucine and silicon dioxide.
1 capsule, 1 to 2 times at the beginning of each meal or as directed by a healthcare professional. Do not chew or open capsules.
Do not take if you have stomach or duodenal ulcers or are taking drugs that may cause ulcers. Do not take on an empty stomach.
If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare professional before using this product.
Free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, and soybeans. Contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Store in a cool, dry place (59°F-85°F) away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.
*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.