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Can you take Betaine HCl and iron pill at the same time, to increase iron absorption?

Can you take Betaine HCl and iron pill at the same time, to increase iron absorption?

Not proven: Betaine has not been proven to help by itself or in dietary aids. Iron is principally absorbed in the small intestine. The recommendation is to take iron on an empty stomach with orange juice or another source of readily available ascorbic acid. ...Read more

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I suffer from gerd and have oseaghitus could this be due to low acid ? Heard this is possible to cause the reflux and betaine Hcl may help

I suffer from gerd and have oseaghitus could this be due to low acid ? Heard this is possible to cause the reflux and betaine Hcl may help

No.: Although this kind of information is present all over the Internet, it is frankly wrong. Esophagitis in GERD is caused by both stomach acid and enzymes secreted by the stomach. Taking HCl will tend to make the problem worse. You should continue you any medicine that your doctor prescribed, follow anti-reflux measures, and follow up with him if your symptoms do not come under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give 2 year old betaine HCl pepsin to help her with a digestive system?

Is it safe to give 2 year old betaine HCl pepsin to help her with a digestive system?

NO.: Betaine is only used for patients with homocysteinuria (a genetic metabolic defect) and occasionally xerostomia (inability to produce saliva) or fatty liver disease. Betaine can cause nausea, diarrhea, body odor, and severe GI distress. If your child is having digestive issues, please see her doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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A nutritionist has suggested i go on betaine hydrochloride with pepsin tablets upping dose each time until i get burning sensation. Is it safe?

A nutritionist has suggested i go on betaine hydrochloride with pepsin tablets upping dose each time until i get burning sensation. Is it safe?

Yes: Betaine hydrochloride will kill silent infections and doing a detox similar to yours will improve lymphatics. Additionally if there is biliary sludge betaine hcl detox will improve bile flow. Pepsin will improve digestion. If there is irritation use bromelain in addition which will heal the irritation and ulcerations. We use betaine hcl detox for lyme disease - upto 10gm-15gm twice daily. ...Read more

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Why could I take 20 Betaine HCL pills and feel no burning? I recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?

Why could I take 20 Betaine HCL pills and feel no burning? I recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?

Why did you take?: Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a “stomach acidifier and digestive aid.” But a federal law that went into effect in 1993 banned betaine hydrochloride from use in OTC products because there wasn’t enough evidence to classify it “generally recognized as safe and effective.” Why were you taking 20? ...Read more

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42yr old male. Being overweight 5'10", 205 ibs, and have gas bloating after beans, is taking enzymes like betaine harmful can that be useful?

42yr old male. Being overweight 5'10", 205 ibs, and have gas bloating after beans, is taking enzymes like betaine harmful can that be useful?

Use beano...: Beans cause gas because of undigestable sugars like raffinose get fermented by intestinal bacteria. Beano is a digestive enzyme supplement you can take at the time of eating beans that will aid in the digestive process and might reduce your gas. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm weening myself off Prevacid (lansoprazole) with the help of a Betaine/Pepsin HCL pill every morning. It helps but I now have heart palpitations. Side effect?

I'm weening myself off Prevacid (lansoprazole) with the help of a Betaine/Pepsin HCL pill every morning. It helps but I now have heart palpitations. Side effect?

Betaine HCL/pepsin: There are no reported cases on palpitations but theoretically the pepsin/HCL combo could have negative vagal feedback ( vagus stimulation produces pepsin on our stomach). The vagus nerve via parasympathetic stmulation slows the heart and if it is inhibited there could be increase heart rate. You could try stopping the meds and seeing if palpitations stop. Check B6, folate (folic acid) ,B12 .F/U with doc. ...Read more