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Douglas Labs  Betaine Hydrochloride  250 Caps


DESCRIPTION Betaine Hydrochloride, provided by Douglas Laboratories®, is a powdered dietary enzyme supplement of hydrochloric acid supplied in gelatin capsules.


FUNCTIONS
The breakdown of dietary protein begins in the stomach where gastric hydrochloric acid 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. Another physiological role of gastric hydrochloric acid is to protect the body from food-borne enteric infections through its antibacterial properties.


INDICATIONS Betaine Hydrochloride capsules may be a useful nutritional adjunct for individuals who wish to supplement their meals with hydrochloric acid for digestive support.  

SUGGESTED USE Adults take one capsule just before or during each meal, or as directed by a healthcare professional.

SIDE EFFECTS No adverse side effects have been reported.

STORAGE Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.  

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