Now Foods Betaine HCL 648mg, Capsules, 120ct
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Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 Veg Capsule Servings Per Container: 120 Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.™ Daily Value not established. Betaine HCl 648 mg ™ Acid-Stable Protease (150 SAPU) (Fungal Pepsin from Aspergillus niger) 150 mg ™ Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose Powder, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens. Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition (especially acid reflux). Keep out of reach of children. Do Not Eat Freshness Packets. Keep in Bottle. Natural color variation may occur in this product. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Please Recycle. Family owned since 1968.
Take 1 capsule at the beginning of each meal. Do not take on an empty stomach. Do not take if you have stomach or duodenal ulcers. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. CAUTION, For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition (especially acid reflux). Keep out of reach of children. Do not eat freshness packets. Keep in bottle.
NOW Betaine HCl is formulated to support proper digestive conditions in the stomach.* Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) is normally produced in the stomach, where it assists protein digestion by activating pepsin, helps to maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, and stimulates the release of intestinal enzymes.* Pepsin is a protease produced in the stomach that partially breaks down proteins in foods.* HCl production tends to decline with age, so supplementing with HCl and pepsin may help to maintain normal digestive function.* This product uses a vegetarian acid-stable protease with activity equivalent to that of animal-derived pepsin
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UPDATE - it has been 6 weeks and the Betaine is still working and I am still completely off PPIs and Carafate. There have been a couple of days when I chewed two Tums, but still a vast improvement over taking all those prescriptions and still being in pain most of the time. One thing I have noticed is that the dosage doesn't seem to be constant. This mirrors what I have read in other reviews and in my own research on dosage as well. I have started varying the amount I take according to what I am eating so I will continue to refine and tweak the dosage until I find the optimal solution that works for me. With some larger meals I have taken up to 4-5 capsules so my original system of 1 capsule before each meal doesn't seem to fit all cases.
UPDATE - it has been about 12 weeks now and the Betaine is still working and I am still off heartburn meds. I have found that I can skip a dose or two and still have no symptoms so that's a relief since I often forget to bring it with me when eating out. I got a little too confident and skipped several days and the heartburn did come back, but only lasted a couple of days after I resumed a regular Betaine regimen. That tells me I still need to keep taking it, but at least I don't have to panic if I miss a dose or two.
UPDATE - it was exactly 5 months ago today that I bought my first bottle of Betaine. I am still heartburn free and still completely off Pantoprazole, Nexium, Dexilant, Gaviscon, Tums and Zantac. I have probably been through about 10 bottles during that period and find that I am averaging about 10 capsules a day. Not much has changed since my last update. I generally take 2 with breakfast (granola bar and coffee) and then 4 each with lunch and dinner (larger, heavier meals).
UPDATE - a little over a year now and still heartburn free and not taking any antacids or PPIs. So, why post an update? Well, the Betaine solved my heartburn problem really quickly, but it turns out I had another long-term issue that I had no idea would be related or affected by Betaine use. I have had really bad IBS for many, many years. Had a few endoscopies and colonoscopies and nobody could suggest anything other than dietary changes. Long term Betaine use also seems to have cured that problem. No more urgent trips to the bathroom several times a day. Between that and the heartburn this product has literally changed my life.
UPDATE - I made it almost 2 years being completely pain and symptom free, but something happened about a month ago and all of a sudden all my symptoms came back and Betaine stopped working. I have had to come off it completely and am back on PPIs, Carafate, Zantac, Tums and the EU Gaviscon. Having had it work so well for so long has me completely confused as to what could have happened since I had not varied my dosage or diet. I suppose it could be stress related, but that's just a guess and I have had plenty of stress in the past couple years so I do not think that is the likely culprit. I've tried to troubleshoot what might be going on and before giving up and going back on meds I tried increasing my dosage thinking that may be the issue. I also threw in Super Enzymes and DGL Plus, but no luck. It still either feels like someone is standing on my chest, there is something stuck in my throat or I have burning. I have scheduled an endoscopy for 10/16 and will report back, but I figured I'd throw this up there in the off chance that somebody has experienced something similar and might be able to help point me in the right direction. It's difficult to figure out if high or low stomach acid is the problem and since these worked so well for me for almost 2 years I can't get it out of my head that low stomach acid has to be the problem. I suppose it is possible that a month ago my body decided to start producing a ton of stomach acid and taking Betaine was just pushing me way over the normal levels, but it doesn't seem likely to me. I'll keep this updated as I try to figure it out, but if anybody has any tips I'm all ears.
UPDATE - endoscopy showed mild gastritis (much less than before according to my GI doc), but no new clues about what could be causing it. My GI doc is ignorant of Betaine so that conversation went nowhere, so I am back on Dexilant. I tried to stop Dexilant cold turkey and go back on Betaine, but had a lot of symptoms later in the day so went back on Dexilant again and now am feeling pretty good. I'm all ears if anybody has any ideas or tips as to why this would work perfectly for years and then all of a sudden stop.