What is Betaine with Pepsin?
Betaine with Pepsin provides betaine hydrochloride along with pepsin, a key protein digestive enzyme produced in the stomach. This product is ideal for those who are looking to support their stomach’s digestive function. Taking this supplement before a meal aids digestion, especially the digestion of protein-containing foods, and helps with the assimilation of nutrients.*
What are the benefits of Betaine with Pepsin?
Betaine with Pepsin helps to support digestive health, proper digestion of proteins, optimal absorption of nutritional substances, as well as bowel irregularities, such as occasional diarrhea and constipation.*
What is the recommended dose?
The recommended dose is one capsule before a protein-rich meal.
What if the recommended dose is not helping to support my digestion?
Betaine with Pepsin should be taken with a protein-rich meal, starting with one capsule per meal. The amount of Betaine with Pepsin that should be taken may vary for each person, to achieve the desired support. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner to determine the ideal dose for your needs.
When should I take it?
Betaine with Pepsin should be taken with protein-containing meals.
Can it be taken with thyroid medications?
Betaine with Pepsin should be taken at least 30 to 60 minutes away from thyroid medications.
How do I know if I have low stomach acid?
There aren’t too many tell-tale signs of low stomach acid, other than perhaps feeling full and tired after meals, as well as experiencing acid reflux-like symptoms. Nonetheless, low stomach acid is very common in Hashimoto’s. Signs and symptoms that would lead one to believe that a person with Hashimoto’s has low stomach acid include: acid reflux (this condition, that is conventionally treated with an acid suppressant, can actually be caused by low stomach acid), low B12, ferritin, or iron levels, fatigue despite thyroid medications, and constipation/diarrhea.
Is Betaine with Pepsin a lifelong supplement?
Many people are able to wean off of Betaine with Pepsin within six to nine months. However, supplementation may still be helpful periodically for digestive symptoms, or when consuming higher than normal amounts of protein. Those with MTHFR gene polymorphisms may benefit from using betaine long-term. Please consult with your practitioner to determine the appropriate duration and/or discontinuation for your individual needs.
I feel a burning sensation when I take the Betaine with Pepsin. How can I get rid of this?
Mixing one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water can help neutralize the Betaine with Pepsin to reduce the burning sensation. This burning sensation is an indication that you likely need a lower dose of Betaine with Pepsin, or that you don’t need to take it any longer.
Not to be used by those with a history of having any type of ulcer or gastritis, those with an active H. pylori infection, or those with an overproduction of stomach acid. Do not use if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients in this supplement.
Consult with a doctor before use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
DO NOT TAKE if taking the following medications: blood thinners, NSAIDs, steroids, or other medications that may cause an ulcer.
Do not take with proton pump inhibitors and acid-suppressing medications, as these will negate the effect of this supplement.
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