Hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach during the digestive process. When stomach acid levels are low, optimal amounts of hydrochloric acid are not produced. This may put you at risk for the development of conditions such as hypochlorhydria. Betaine HCL is used to supplement this hydrochloric acid production and restore normal levels of stomach acid.
Betaine is a vitamin-like substance naturally found in the body that assists with detoxification, liver function, and helps maintain fluid balance in cells. Betaine hydrochloride (HCL) on the other hand, is a modified version that's primary purpose is to restore stomach acid levels. Maintaining optimal stomach acid is crucial for the proper breakdown of food, nutrient uptake, and minimized risk of bloating. Stomach acid levels can decrease with age, due to infection, or as a result of the use of certain medications.