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What are the benefits of betaine hydrochloride?

Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic vitamin-like amino acid that has excellent benefits for your digestive tract. It is found naturally in certain foods like beets, spinach, beef and shrimp. It increases your stomach acidity (lowers your stomach’s pH).

One of the functions of strong acid is to prevent pathogens from moving from the stomach into your small intestine and then multiplying out of control. Your stomach acidity should be between 1.5 and 3, which is highly acidic. Betaine hydrochloride is a great remedy for increasing stomach acidity, which will help with the absorption of all the other nutrients in your diet.


  • Acidifies your stomach

  • Helps with alkalosis

  • Natural remedy for SIBO

  • Helps absorb the following nutrients:

  • proteins

  • minerals

  • trace minerals

  • vitamins

Take betaine hydrochloride to remedy the following conditions:

  • Acid reflux

  • GERD

  • Gas

  • Indigestion

  • Bloating

  • Iron deficiency (anemia)

  • Soft tissue calcium buildup

  • Low B12

  • Constipation

  • Red cheeks

  • SIBO

  • Leaky gut

Also, consuming alkaline foods, antibiotics and antacids tends to destroy your stomach acid. Take betaine hydrochloride to help return your stomach acidity.

Note: If you have acidosis (a too-acidic body pH) avoid taking betaine hydrochloride.

How to consume it

Consume betaine hydrochloride before each meal. You may need as much as 5 or 6 tablets before you start eating. Make sure you don’t take it with calcium as calcium tends to alkalize acids. It may take some time for it to help your body make more acid.

You can also add apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons mixed with a cup of water) to help acidify your stomach.

Where to get it

You can get betaine hydrochloride from a health food store or order it online. You can also get Dr. Berg’s Digest Formula, Extra Strength that contains betaine hydrochloride and apple cider vinegar.

Last updated: Oct 27, 2023 18:35 PM