Betaine hydrochloride is a chemical compound sometimes used to increase the acidic content of the stomach (hydrochloric acid) as well as to increase potassium levels in the body. This natural remedy is recommended to increase digestive efficiency, especially for those with insufficient acid content in the stomach. This is not uncommon among those with GERD, acid reflux, asthma, and allergies.
Low stomach acid levels can result in insufficient digestion of foods in the stomach or slow digestion (indigestion) and the resultant bloated feelings and gassiness. Supplementing with betaine hydrochloride is said to increase stomach acid content and thereby help reduce such symptoms.
Betaine hydrochloride capsules or tablets are said to be of benefit to those with indigestion, heartburn, gas, candida, and even several skin conditions that may be the result of poor digestion.
Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers have supplemented with Betaine HCL.