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Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in grains and other foods. Betaine hydrochloride is recommended by some doctors as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who have a deficiency of stomach acid production (hypochlorhydria).
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|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Hydrochloric acid and vitamin B complex improved some cases of rosacea in people with low stomach acid. Take only under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.|
Allergies and Sensitivities and Food Allergies
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach helps to digest protein, and may theoretically help break down food allergens to smaller molecules that are not allergenic.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Used under medical supervision, betaine HCl may help restore stomach acid levels and improve asthma symptoms.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Betaine hydrochloride is a type of digestive enzyme that inhibits the overgrowth of candida and prevents it from becoming established in the small intestine.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] To correct the low stomach acid that often occurs with DH, some doctors recommend betaine HCI, a source of hydrochloric acid.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] People with gallstones may have insufficient stomach acid and may benefit from supplementing with betaine HCI.|
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Hydrochloric acid is sometimes recommended by practitioners of natural medicine in the hope that improved digestion will help prevent reflux.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Lack of hydrochloric acid (HCl) secretion by the stomach may contribute to chronic hives related to food allergies. Supplementing with betaine HCI, which contains hydrochloric acid, may help.|
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
|Consult your doctor||[1 star] Supplementing betaine hydrochloride with meals may improve digestion in people who have been diagnosed with low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria).|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] When stomach acid is low, supplementing with betaine HCl can reduce food-allergy reactions and help some people with rheumatoid arthritis.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Lack of stomach acid may play a role in vitiligo. Supplementing with betaine HCL may help repigment the skin.|
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