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    Nature's Life - Betaine Hydrochloride 648 mg. - 100 Capsules

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    Nature's Life - Betaine Hydrochloride 648 mg. - 100 Capsules

    • Code#:66150
    • Manufacturer:Nature's Life
    • Size/Form:100  Capsules
    • Packaged Ship Weight:0.20
    • Servings:100
    • Dosage Size:1  Capsule(s)

    Nature's Life - Betaine HCl 648 mg. - 100 Capsules

    Nature's Life Betaine Hydrochloride [HCl], derived from sugar beets, is a natural aid to support healthy digestive function. Digestion is the process by which the body breaks down food into absorbable nutrients. The body absorbs and assimilates everything that you ingest. Digestion includes physical actions such as chewing and peristalsis (involuntary contraction and dilation of muscles to force forward movement), as well as the chemical actions of enzymes, bile and acids. Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance found in grains and other foods. Betaine hydrochloride is recommended by some doctors as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid for people who have a deficiency of stomach acid production (hypochlorhydria).

    Gastric acid is produced by the parietal cells of the stomach. The acidity is quite strong in a normal stomach. In fact, the stomach can be between 100,000 and almost 1,000,000 times more acidic than water. Some research suggests that people with a wide variety of chronic disorders, such as allergies, asthma, and gallstones, do not produce adequate amounts of stomach acid.

    Digestion is the process by which the body breaks down food into absorbable nutrients. The body absorbs and assimilates everything that we ingest. Digestion includes physical actions such as chewing and peristalsis (involuntary contraction and dilation of muscles to force forward movement), as well as the chemical actions of enzymes, bile and acids.

    An enzyme is a protein that acts as a catalyst in a biological reaction. It binds itself to a substance and converts it into another substance. Enzymes are very specific in their functions, which is why there are different enzymes for different biological reactions. In the case of digestion, distinct forms of food require specific enzymes. Food is digested in three areas of the body: the mouth, the stomach and the intestines.

    1. The Mouth: Beginning in the mouth with chewing, food is physically broken up into small pieces to facilitate the beginning of complete digestion. Chewing thoroughly is an important step because smaller pieces offer more surface area for contact with the digestive enzymes and acids in the stomach and are therefore more easily digested. Chewing also stimulates the release of hormones that control appetite. The longer you chew, the less likely you are to overeat. Only one digestive enzyme, amylase (for starch), is present in the mouth. However, food is normally not in the mouth long enough to permit complete digestion and little nutrient absorption takes place in the mouth.
    2. The Stomach: The primary function of the stomach is to break large proteins into smaller peptides and peptones. The acidic environment in the stomach (1.5 to 7.0 pH) is home to the enzyme pepsin, used to digest proteins. Pepsin breaks up proteins into smaller peptides of varying lengths. Other enzymes such as gelatinase (for gelatin) digest specific proteins. Amylase (for starch) is inactivated, or destroyed, when stomach pH falls below 6.5. Before this happens however, up to 50% of starches may be partially broken down. Some fat is emulsified (broken up into smaller pieces) in the stomach by bile acids, and the enzyme lipase, to aid digestion in the small intestine. At the average stomach pH of 2.0, however, most fat is formed into large globules that pass unchanged into the small intestine. Small amounts of sucrose (table sugar) may be broken apart into glucose and fructose by acid hydrolysis from the bile acids in the stomach.
    3. The Intestines: Virtually all absorption of nutrients (macronutrients such as carbohydrates and fats and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals) occurs in the intestines. Absorption of nutrients is, in fact, the primary function of the small intestine. Most carbohydrates, for instance, are absorbed in the small intestine. The pancreatic enzymes secreted into the small intestine also contain amylase which breaks down starches into a disaccharide (a complex carbohydrate) called maltose. In the intestines, enzymes such as maltase and lactase break disaccharides into single sugars, such as glucose. When adults and older children do not have enough lactase to digest lactose (the sugar in milk) lactose intolerance results and milk cannot be completely digested.

    The digestion of foods and the absorption of nutrients is the first, and most important, step to good health. Your body is designed to get the highest possible benefit from food, but digestive aids are sometimes needed. Many people also supplement their diet to ensure they obtain adequate nutrition. The proper absorption of dietary supplements is just as important as the proper digestion of food, and the two work closely together.

    Nature’s Life digestive aids and enzymes can be the answer for those who have trouble digesting foods, or those who merely want to insure optimal nutrient absorption.  Remember, eat a healthy balanced diet, chew your food thoroughly, drink plenty of water and take Nature’s Life Digestive Aids for nutritional insurance.

    How much is usually taken?
    Betaine HCl is the most common hydrochloric acid-containing supplement. Normally it comes in tablets or capsules measured in grains or milligrams. Only people who have reduced levels of stomach acid (“hypochlorhydria”) should take betaine HCl; this condition can be diagnosed by a doctor. When appropriate, some doctors recommend taking one or more tablets or capsules, each 5–10 grains (325–650 mg), with a meal that contains protein. Occasionally, betaine (trimethylglycine) is recommended to reduce blood levels of a substance called homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease. This form of betaine is different from betaine HCl.

    Are there any side effects or interactions?
    Large amounts of betaine HCl can burn the lining of the stomach. If a burning sensation is experienced, betaine HCl should be immediately discontinued. People should not take more than 10 grains (650 mg) of betaine HCl without the recommendation of a physician. All people with a history of peptic ulcers, gastritis, or gastrointestinal symptoms—particularly heartburn—should see a doctor before taking betaine HCl. People taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone-like drugs, or other medications that might cause a peptic ulcer should not take betaine HCl. Betaine HCl helps make some minerals and other nutrients more absorbable.

    Nature’s Life digestive aids and enzymes can be the answer for those who have trouble digesting foods, or those who merely want to insure optimal nutrient absorption.  Remember, eat a healthy balanced diet, chew your food thoroughly, drink plenty of water and take Nature’s Life Digestive Aids for nutritional insurance.

    Suggested Use

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    Use only as directed. Take one (1) to two (2) capsules with each meal. Store in a cool, dry place.

    Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children. Keep your licensed health care practitioner informed when using this product. Do not take in cases of stomach or duodenal ulcers.


    Nature's Life - Betaine HCL 648 mg. - 100 Tablets
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 1 Capsule
    Servings Per Container: 100
    Amount Per Serving %DV*
    Betaine Hydrochloride 648 mg *
    Pepsin (1:10,000) 130 mg *
    *Daily Value Not Established.
    †Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Other Ingredients: Gelatin Capsule, Cellulose and Vegetarian Magnesium Stearate.

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    About Nature's Life

    Nature’s Life supplements are formulated by specialists in the health and natural foods industry and backed by scientific research. Nature's Life only offers nutritional supplements and formulas that are supported with valid, published peer reviewed research. All of their brochures and other educational materials list the published references that support their claims and statements. Customer satisfaction through product effectiveness is Nature’s Life’s paramount goal.

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