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Betaine hydrochloride, derived from beets, increases stomach acid to enhance
digestion. This is especially important for older persons, particularly those
over 60, who may not produce enough stomach acid to properly digest food and
nutrients. HCL makes the stomach produce more acid and also stimulates the
secretion of pancreatic enzymes, further aiding digestion.
Not only does insufficient stomach acid interfere with digestion, a low level of
stomach acid can increase the potential and severity of certain bacterial and
parasitic intestinal infections. The low pH created by HCL destroys
microorganisms that enter the gastrointestinal tract.
Nutritionally-oriented doctors note that persons with chronic health problems
such as gallstones, allergies, and asthma, often do not produce enough stomach
Fenugreek: stimulates digestion, reduces gastric inflammation, lowers