Source Naturals Betaine HCL digestive support tablets
- Hydrochloric Acid Source.
- Digestive Support.
In the stomach, hydrochloric acid converts pepsinogen to pepsin, an enzyme that breaks down protein. Pepsin breaks down proteins into smaller, more easily absorbed substances. As people age, hydrochloric acid secretion may be reduced, which can result in decreased levels of pepsin. Without proper pepsin levels, the body has a difficult time digesting food. Betaine hydrochloride is used as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid, which can be utilized by the stomach to produce pepsin. The combination of betaine hydrochloride and pepsin provide an excellent stomach tonic.
Functions of Hydrochloric Acid:
Hydrochloric acid serves many functions, the three most important are:
- It is the primary digestive juice responsible for breaking down proteins, preparing them for assimilation.
- It acts as a protective barrier, killing many potentially harmful micro-organisms in our food.
- It acts as a venting mechanism for the build-up of excessive concentrations of hydrogen ions in our blood and interstitial fluids.
In other words, we consume acid forming foods and / or engage in acid forming activity, the production of stomach acid uses up considerable amounts of the acid forming material (hydrogen ions) thereby assisting in the elimination of excessive tissue acidity. The stomach acid once combined with food is eventually neutralized further down the alimentary canal by alkaline pancreatic secretions.
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