Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is used as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid to aid digestion, to treat low potassium levels, and to protect the liver. Betaine HCl is not to be confused with betaine anhydrous. As trimethylglycine (TMG), betaine anhydrous is used almost exclusively to treat high homocysteine levels by donating a methyl group to convert homocysteine to methionine, while as the chloride salt of TMG, betaine HCl is used to help persons with insufficient stomach acid production. Both forms of betaine are active methyl donors, having the same basic chemical formula.
Protease, also known as a proteolytic enzyme, helps to digest proteins by breaking their long chains into short fragments. Proteases also play a regulatory role in determining the life span of other proteins. Either form of betaine, especially when combined with a folate, functions as a homocysteine-reducing agent.
What is Betaine HCL?
Betaine HCL, also called trimethylglycine, is a natural digestive aid that helps top break down fats and carbohydrates more efficiently. Because it has been shown to help convert homocysteine back to methionine, betaine HCL is an important nutrient for cardiovascular health.
What is Betaine HCL used for?
Betaine HCL is used to support healthy stomach acidity, gastric function, and protein digestion.
What is the recommended dose?
Take one tablet after meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Do not take on an empty stomach.
What are the side effects of Betaine HCL?
Occasional nausea has been reported in persons with excessive stomach acid. Pregnant women should avoid taking Betaine HCL without medical supervision.
Is Betaine HCL vegetarian?
While the capsules are made from kosher-certified bovine gelatin, the active ingredients in Body Bio Betaine HCL are not of animal origin. Betaine comes from beets; protease enzymes come from edible fungi.