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Betaine Hydrochloride (HCl) Instructions

   Betaine HCl helps your body digest proteins foods so their digestive components can be used to repair and rebuild the body.


   If you have heartburn or acid reflux, do NOT take Betaine HCl until you complete a preliminary nutrition program. If you do not display any symptoms of heartburn, follow the directions listed below to optimize therapy for digestive health. It is best to increase your dose gradually, because the stomach lining will slowly re-acclimate to a normal acid level.


   Always take pills during your meal, not after the meal, with plenty of bites left to push them down into the stomach. Start by taking Week 1 dose. Increase supplementation every week, as instructed below, until you start to display heartburn symptoms. Once you experience acid reflux or heartburn, follow the protocol from the previous week when you did not have any symptoms.

   PLEASE NOTE: 1 tablet below refers to one 300mg Standard Process Inc. tablet. One tablet of Metagenics Metagest contains 650mg, so the equivalent dose of Metagest is 1/2 tablet. Other companies make different doses. No matter which product you take, think in terms of 300mg doses.

  • Begin with 1 tablet (Standard Process Inc.) at dinner for 5-7 days.
  • Then add 1 tablet at lunch for 5-7 days.
  • Then add 1 tablet at breakfast for 5-7 days.
  • Next, increase the dinner dose to 2 tablets for 5-7 days.
  • Then increase the lunch dose to 2 tablets for 5-7 days.

   Continue this method of gradual increase. You may stay at the lower dose for longer if you wish.

   Here are possible improvements you may notice as you normalize your digestive juices:

  • Less bloating
  • Less gas
  • Less burping
  • Better, more complete elimination which is not loose
  • Improving energy levels
  • Reduction of “brain fog” & improved energy after meals
  • Fewer headaches
  • Less food intolerance
  • Other improvements in unpleasant symptoms

   You may wish to stay between 600-900 mg of Betaine HCl per dose for a month or so and then attempt a slight increase again. If the next higher dose exceeds your optimum level of stomach acid, return to the previous dose.

   What may be the signs of a higher-than-optimum dose of Betaine HCl?

  • A “growling”, “rumbling” stomach
  • Bowels that are unusually loose
  • A feeling of heat in the stomach
  • Other noticeable changes in digestion

   Once you have regulated your individual dose of Betaine HCl for all the meals, stay on this dose most of the time. The object is to support the normal digestion of nutrients in order to rebuild the body systems including the production of normal stomach acid.

   Eventually (for some this is a matter of years), you may want to gradually reduce the doses, or skip doses, and let the body activate its restored function. Keep in mind that many folks have a genetic tendency to produce less-than-optimum stomach acid and may need to supplement continually with Betaine HCl to ensure that the nourishment from wholesome food will be used to sustain health.

   You can purchase Betaine HCl in the form of Metagest available via our Metagenics Online link, or purchase Standard Process Betaine Hydrochloride from us in the office.


updated July 9, 2007


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