Betaine Hydrochloride Versus Betaine Anhydrous (TMG) Purebulk sells both Betaine HCl and Betaine Anhydrous TMG. The HCl form has an extremely sour taste while the anhydrous has a mild, pleasant taste.
What is Betaine HCl?
Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is an N-trimethylated form of the amino acid glycine with a chemical structure similar to choline.
Purebulk's betaine hydrochloride is a synthesized and manufactured chemical; it is not obtained from any plant or animal source. It is a compound comprised of betaine and hydrochloric acid. Betaine is metabolized in the body from choline, and is found in foods such as wheat, spinach, and sugar beets. Hydrochloric acid occurs naturally in the stomach (gastric acid), breaking down proteins and protecting the gastrointestinal tract from harmful bacteria.
Betaine HCl is helpful as a digestive aid, particularly for persons with insufficient acid production in the stomach. To support digestive health, betaine HCl supplies hydrochloric acid, a naturally occurring stomach acid. This helps break up fats and proteins in the small intestine for quicker digestion.
Naturopaths have long held that low stomach acid is a widespread problem that interferes with the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Betaine hydrochloride is among the most suggested options for this condition.
Studies have been conducted on whether betaine may help reduce high levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood. Scientists are working to determine if a high homocysteine level has a direct negative effect on cardiovascular health or if it is simply a risk factor.
As a nutritional aid, betaine promotes the oxidization of lipids. This is the result of enhancing the production of carnitine. Optimal levels of carnitine in the body contribute to overall physical fitness as fat is efficiently used to fuel the body.
Synonyms/ Other names:
Acidin; ACIDOL; Achylin; Acidine; Acinorm; BET HCl; Pluchine; Acipepsol; Acidogeno; BETAINE 30,1-Carboxy-N,N,N-trimethylmethanaminium chloride
Potential Side Effects of Betaine HCl
Betaine hydrochloride is generally safe at suggested serving sizes. In higher amounts occasional nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have been reported. Those suffering from advanced liver and kidney disease should not use betaine, and it is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women.
Please be aware that the pH of a Betaine HCl solution is extremely low, making it very acidic (with a pH of about 1.0). We recommend Betaine HCl Capsules to avoid risk of irritation to the oral mucous membranes and/or erosion of tooth enamel. It has a characteristic, rather strong taste, with strong odor. For your convenience, PureBulk sells capsule machines plus empty gelatin or vegetarian capsules, so you can make your own easy to swallow capsules.
Suggested Use of Betaine HCl
It is Encapsulate to avoid risk of tooth enamel erosion. Start with a small serving size, and gradually increase amount. If taken on an empty stomach, a burning sensation may result. Discontinue if chest or abdominal pain occurs with use. Do not take if you have a history of peptic ulcers, without the advice of your health professional.
Bioavailability, Mixing and Solubility of Betaine HCl
This food-grade betaine HCl has a highly sour and acidic taste but mixes and dissolves readily with water and tastes similar to artificial lemonade when sweetened with sugar or a sugar substitute. Please note betaine HCl differs remarkably in taste from Betaine Anhydrous. Also, please bear in mind the highly acidic nature of betaine HCl and the potential risk of tooth enamel damage when taken as an oral solution instead of capsules.
References & Further Research
University of Maryland Medical Center: Betaine
Pubmed: Low dose betaine supplementation leads to immediate and long term lowering of plasma homocysteine in healthy men and women
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