Standard Process: Betaine Hydrochloride


Product Description

Betaine Hydrochloride supports normal gastrointestinal pH.*

  • Supports healthy protein digestion
  • Promotes healthy gastric pH
  • Enhances calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 absorption*
How does Betaine Hydrochloride support healthy protein digestion?

Betaine Hydrochloride increases the level of hydrochloric acid in the gut for proper digestion and overall gastrointestinal function. Normal levels of hydrochloric acid are required for complete digestion of proteins and absorption of amino acids.1 Pepsin supports protein digestion in the stomach.2*

How does Betaine Hydrochloride support healthy gastrointestinal function?

Supplemental hydrochloric acid is thought to help digestion by supporting gastric acid secretions needed to denature proteins and absorb minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron, and vitamin B12, particularly for older adults.3,4

Hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach assists protein digestion by converting pepsinogen to pepsin, the enzyme that breaks down proteins into peptides and amino acids.5 This product contains pepsin to support this process.

Betaine Hydrochloride may be used for long-term support, as directed by a health care professional.*

Who can benefit from taking Betaine Hydrochloride?

Lower levels of hydrochloric acid may be more common in older individuals.6Reduced gastric acidity may contribute to age-related bone weight and density challenges.7 Betaine Hydrochloride may be used for long-term support, as directed by a health care professional.*



  • 1. Chu S., Schubert M.L. 2012. Gastric secretion. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 28(6):587-93.
  • 2. Pepsin. 2015. Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. John B.K., Bullock M., Brenner L., McGaw C., Scolapio J.S. 2013. Nutrition in the elderly. Frequently asked questions. Am J Gastroenterol. 108(8):1252-66.
  • 5. See note 2 above.
  • 6. Britton E., McLaughlin J.T. 2013. Ageing and the gut. Proc Nutr Soc. 72(1):173-7.
  • 7. Keller J., Schinke T. 2013. The role of the gastrointestinal tract in calcium homeostasis and bone remodeling. Osteoporos Int. 24(11):2737-48.


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