Betaine HCl is an excellent source of hydrochloric acid, which is produced by the parietal cells of the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is required for:
- The breakdown of protein for further digestion in the small intestine; it is necessary for the conversion of pepsinogen, the inactive enzyme secreted by the gastric glands, into pepsin.
- The proper absorption of nutrients, including vitamin B12 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium.
- A healthy immune system, as the acid provides a protective barrier against bacterial and yeast overgrowth.