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BETAINE HCL 500MG - 90 CAPS
 
Manufactured By: Natural Factors
 
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500 MG BETAINE HYDROCHLORIDE FROM NATURAL FACTORS.



As we age, production of stomach acid declines, which reduces digestion & nutrient absorption. Natural Factors offers an effective digestive aid containing 500 mg of Betaine HCL with 100 mg of fenugreek. Together they help to stimulate secretion of pancreatic enzymes, reduce gastric inflammation and promote healthy digestion. [CAPSULE]

New Video! Watch Michael Murray talk about Betaine HCL 500mg
 

EACH CAPSULE CONTAINS:

Betaine Hydrochloride 500mg
Fenugreek seed 100mg
Non-medicinal Ingredient:  
gelatin, purified water, vegetable grade magnesium stearate, silica
   

FORMAT:

90 capsules

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; no corn, dairy, starch, wheat or yeast.
 

RELATED ARTICLES:

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Articles by a Naturopathic doctor.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Naturally derived from beets.

 Increases stomach acid and aids in digestion.

 Particularly helpful for protein digestion.

 Increases nutrient absorption.

 Ideal for those with under active stomachs and those over 60 years of age.


SUGGESTED USE:

2 capsules at mealtime 3 times per day or as directed by a health practitioner. Maximum daily dose of 6 capsules per day.

MANUFACTURED BY:

The #1 high quality full vitamin line in Canada featuring therapeutic potencies and supported by clinical research.

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What is Betaine HCL?

Betaine hydrochloride contains approximately 23% hydrochloric acid, commonly known as stomach acid.  It is naturally sourced from beets.  Stomach acid initiates the digestive process by beginning the breakdown of food, especially protein.  It is also an important protective mechanism against infection by killing any microbes that are contained in our food or water. 



Most importantly Betaine HCL helps to increase stomach acid and assist digestion. This is especially important for older persons, particularly those over 60, who may not produce enough stomach acid to properly digest food and nutrients. HCL makes the stomach produce more acid and also stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, further aiding digestion.

Low Stomach Acid (Underactive Stomach)


Low stomach acid impairs one’s ability to digest food by limiting the release and functioning of other digestive enzymes. Although it may seem contradictory, low stomach acid can also lead to gastric reflux (heartburn).  Closure of the valve at the top of the stomach is stimulated by the hydrochloric acid that is released in response to food intake.  In an individual with low stomach acid the valve does not close and allowing the remaining acid to push up into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. Betaine hydrochloride is recommended for indigestion, low stomach acid and gastric reflux.

Common Signs of Low Stomach Acid may include:


bloating & flatulence after a meal
Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
stomach pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen after a meal
heartburn
nausea and vomiting
bad breath
undigested food in the stool
food allergies
 
Good Digestion is the key to Health
Indigestion is caused by an inability to breakdown and absorb food.  It has probably affected everyone at least once and, most likely, after a Thanksgiving dinner.   It is usually directly related to the type of food eaten and poor eating habits.

Chronic indigestion may be related to lack of bile, stomach acid and enzymes, or food sensitivities.  It occurs more commonly as we age because our production of digestive enzymes and stomach acid decreases.  Indigestion symptoms include, a burning sensation in the stomach or chest, a heavy sensation, belching, flatulence, bloating, nausea and decreased appetite.

Conventional treatment of indigestion involves symptomatic treatment, usually with antacids.   Prolonged use of antacids can cause mineral imbalances because they contain large amounts of sodium, aluminum, calcium and magnesium.  Excess sodium can worsen hypertension and aluminum has been connected to Alzheimer’s disease.  Antacids also change the pH of the stomach so that food is improperly broken down, actually leading to worse indigestion.  Drugs to suppress acid production are also prescribed.  Long-term use of these medicines can damage the stomach lining, leading to tumour formation.  Other side effects include impotence or breast enlargement.

It is important when you experience chronic digestive symptoms like heart burn that you support the health of your stomach, intestinal, and esophogeal lining.  The flare up, absence, or reflux of acid can damage the lining of the gut, creating further digestive challenges, in particular leaky gut in which undigested food particles leak out from the intestines and then into the blood stream.

To prevent indigestion eat small meals, chew well and eat slowly so that you do not swallow excess air.  Relax and enjoy the smell and taste of food.  This will stimulate the release of digestive juices.  Do not drink liquids while eating because it dilutes digestive juices.  Avoid foods that are extremely hot or cold.  Avoid things that increase stomach acidity like alcohol, coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, aspirin, ibuprofen and spicy foods.  If you have low stomach acid take lemon juice or take apple cider vinegar with your meals.  Avoid any foods that you are sensitive to.  An elimination or rotation diet may be necessary to uncover specific food allergens.  Combinations of certain foods can also be difficult to digest.  Use food-combining guidelines to make digestion easier.


You Can Support Digestive Health By:


 Chewing food completely.
 Eating several small meals daily instead of three large meals.
Avoiding fluids with meals.
Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoiding refined, processed foods.
Not overeating; eat until 80% full.
Taking a HCL supplement before meals.
Supplementing with Probiotics.
Taking digestive enzyme during or after meals.

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