Betaine Hydrochloride: How it Helps with Digestion and Detoxification

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Betaine
Hydrochloride
is an organic compound and vitamin-like substance
found in many different foods such as sugar beets, grains and spinach.
It is currently being recommended by both naturopaths, as well as
medical doctors, as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid in
the stomach.

Studies
show that this compound can profoundly benefit individuals suffering
from digestive upsets such as hypochlorhydria,
a deficiency of stomach acid production.

Normally, healthy
stomachs can produce enough gastric acid to kill off bacterial and
parasitic infestations. But when people experience deficiencies
in producing stomach acid, they are more likely to have bacterial
and intestinal infections, as well as the increased presence of
intestinal
parasites
.

Betaine HCL
also has the ability to help the stomach to break down fats and
proteins in the food we eat. It also assists the general detoxification
processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing
and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating
proteins, vitamin B12, calcium and iron.

The Action
of Betaine Hydrochloride

The chemical
betaine is absorbed in the digestive tract into what are known as
enterocytes.
These enterocytes are then circulated into the liver, where the
betaine can then be extracted and metabolized. From there, betaine
hydrochloride is then changed into betaine inside the alkaline environment
of the small intestine, creating a favorable environment for digestion.

The Health
Benefits of Betaine HCL

Betaine hydrochloride
is a powerful digestive aid for people who may have been privy to
a poor diet, prolonged dehydration and generalized stress. It has
also been shown to offer digestive support to perimenopausal women
and elderly individuals.

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December
11, 2009

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