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Betaine HCL Powder
Like Betaine Anhydrous, Betaine Hydrochloride has a chemical structure which can be likened to that of Choline, and it is a form of Glycine which has gone through the process of trimethylization. This type of chemical must be industrially manufactured and synthesized, meaning it is not a substance that can be found naturally as with many other supplements. It is a combination of the more commonly found Betaine as well as Hydrocholoric acid.
Betaine is a byproduct that is obtained during the metabolism of Choline in the body, and it can also be naturally found in different foods such as wheat, sugar beets, spinach and other sources rich in protein.
Serving Size & Timing
The serving size suggested for Betaine HCL is about 200 to 800 mg to be taken either directly before or directly after any meals of the day. It is to be taken once a day, though these levels and the frequency can be adjusted depending on intended effect. Also, if taking as an oral solution, as mentioned before, it is best to wash the mouth out thoroughly before and afterwards to clear up any leftover acidity which may cause damage to the teeth. If any side effects such as chest or abdominal pain are felt after administering, discontinue your course immediately.
Supplement FactsServing size: 800 milligrams
Serving per container: *
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value**|
|Betaine Hydrochloride... 800mg||*|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
Sugar, soy, dairy, yeast, gluten, corn and additives.
As a dietary supplement, take 200 to 800 mg daily, or as directed by physician. Use a milligram scale for accurate measurement.
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Betaine HCL Side Effects
As long as the suggested serving sizes are strictly adhered to, Betaine HCL is completely safe to take. If overdosing a bit on the recommended amount, Betaine Hydrochloride has been known to cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, the symptoms most often associated with overdosing on any supplement. Anyone that is pregnant or nursing, or that has any kind of disease of the kidney or the liver should avoid taking Betaine HCL without first consulting a doctor.
Bioavailability of Betaine HCL
The taste of Betaine HCL is quite sour as might be expected, and it is also quite strong. It dissolves well into water, but to match the acidity of the powder it might be best to mix it with something such as lemonade. In fact, it has even been said to taste something like lemonade if a sweetener is added to the mixture. Betaine HCL differs greatly in taste from the related solution, Betaine Anhydrous. The latter is much milder while the former is very acidic and tart. This is explained by the acid content present in the HCL portion of the substance that is not present in the anhydrous solution.
bump your pump up to the next level. This combined with creatine, this is a great combo for muscle building. I waited a while to write this review to see if it works and have seen a noticible difference in size after just a week 1/2 of adding this t my daily supplements. I'm buying this again, check it out pump it up.*
On 10/14/2016 Luis said...
This product is decent, works well.*
On 9/13/2016 Nick said...
This is at least the 3rd time ordering the product, except that I know
ordered the 1 kg size for further savings. Considering that D-Mannose
is generally a very expensive product, I am glad that it is offered in
such a large size at a decent cost!*
On 8/30/2016 Francesco said...
This is my 2nd batch from them. I always seem to time it wrong, so I go without it for a couple days. For additional muscle building this a secret that many aren't aware of they're missing out. You should always have this before your workout and immediately after. You can't beat the price and quality. *
On 3/22/2016 Todd said...
I was disappointed to see that what I received was not powder but in crystalized form. I did not mind the smell but the taste was very strong and I was afraid it might wear away tooth enamel so I am putting the crystals in capsules to take with my meals. Seems to be helping with digestion.*
On 3/7/2016 Lilia said...
recieve the hcl very fast it help right from the first dose I have tried others this is very high grade as is all your products. I Thank You
On 3/2/2016 Matthew said...
Great to aid digestion. I used to purchase a name brand (capsulized). This worked fine, but the price was triple!. The bulksupplement product is, of course, bulk... I take about 1/3 of a teaspoon, mixed with water, after dinner. Taste takes a bit to get used to, as opposed to the capsules, but at these savings, I don't care!*
On 2/8/2016 Francesco said...
This product works great and does exactly what it's meant to do. I love that the serving sizes I need are small enough to make this 1 kg bag last me forever. The taste is terrible but I doubt that any real lifter is very worried about taste as long as the product is effective! Works great as a pre and post workout supplement and helps with continued calorie burning long after the workout is over. i will continue using. Thanks you guys*
On 12/18/2015 Grant said...
As I have gotten older, my digestion has slowed down significantly. Betaine improves my stomach acid so I'm able to digest more, especially proteins which means more energy and more food for muscle growth. I feel much more energetic and have less upset stomach while taking this. The taste is sour as others have said. I bought it to take in the mornings when I also take Tyrosine, to help with my attention and keep the old-age worries away. So far, it seems to be working well.*
On 12/10/2015 Karen said...
Making 000 capsules is easy and then the Betaine is easy to get down. I don't drink juice or sports drinks... and I find that I don't like it mixed in water. The cap doesn't hold 1200 mg... but 900 does the trick for me. You can always make smaller capsules and take two. Thanks for carrying this one! *
On 12/6/2015 Suzan said...
If you have trouble swallowing pills like me, this is the ticket! Great product, works great, tastes bad, but so much better that swallowing crushed pills with filler.*
On 10/10/2015 Connie said...
Been adding this to my preworkout cocktail and its been great. My strength has improved along with endurance but one of the things that surprised me was the fat burning ability with this. but I mainly bought this go go along with the creatine I've been taking (and one I which bs would carry creatine magnesium) to improve the absorption and it seem to be effective at that. *
On 7/5/2015 Brian said...
Took my first dose, 200mg, in 3/4 of a cup. Dissolved VERY well instantly. Tastes like VERY sour lemonade. Thought it was going to hit my stomach and come right back up again but it stayed put and I did not get nauseous like I thought I would. I don't do well with very sour things, but this was ok. DRINK IT THROUGH A STRAW AND AFTERWARDS, TAKE A DRINK OF PURE WATER to avoid the acid eating away at your teeth and esophagus. Rinse your mouth out with pure water.
Ate some watermelon afterwards and it is staying down and I don't have a "sour" stomach.
I have the classic symptoms of malnutrition from malabsorption-a tongue with bite marks along the sides and a thick, deep line down the middle. I will watch these and see if they go away with more stomach "acid" using Betaine HCL. I also have ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. I will see if I feel better and symptoms stop progressing once I start getting nutrition again via the stomach acid increasing. I heard it is important (if you have ALS) to stay away from Pepsin and increase your Lipase digestion aids, so I appreciate that Bulk Supplements makes a Betaine HCL product WITHOUT Pepsin in it. *
On 5/13/2015 Rachel said...
The betaine HCl seems to help with making my digestion of protein more efficient, and I notice more energy available when I'm at the gym. The product is hygroscopic, so it's important to reseal the packet and minimize exposure to the air to avoid clumping of the product from picking up moisture.*
On 3/15/2015 Stanley said...
It helps with stomach digestion issues but it be best to put in capsules or juice since the taste is a little strong but it helps.*
On 2/24/2015 Mohamed said...
Update June 4, 2014: I notice that Betaine HCL has all the betaine benefits that Betaine Anhydrous offers plus the HCL benefits of improved stomach acid plus it is only half the price. The drawback is that Betaine HCL is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture out of the atmosphere) and becomes clumpy.
I looked up the benefits of (any kind of) betaine listed on MEDLINE of the National Medical Library as abstracted by GreenMedInfo. Each title refers to a peer-reviewed clinical trial often randomized, double-blinded, and placebo controlled.
1. "A dietary supplement containing melatonin, l-tryptophan, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, methionine and betaine, is superior to omeprazole in treating GERD."
2. "Betaine may exert an anti-atherogenic effect by inhibiting aortic inflammation in atherosclerosis."
3. "Betaine attenuates Alzheimer-like pathological changes and memory deficits induced by homocysteine."
This is all that was listed and the paucity of listings (curcumin has 3000+ listings) seems a reflection of the medical industry's general misunderstanding of how to treat GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). It is not excess stomach acid but insufficient stomach acid that causes GERD by failing to kill stomach bacteria whose gas production forces the relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter allowing unpleasant burps and stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter also interprets the presence of strong stomach acid as a command to stay tightly shut else serious damage can ensue to the esophagus. Taking Tums (calcium carbonate) to reduce the "excess acid" is exactly the wrong thing to do.
Increasing stomach acid, perhaps by way of betaine HCL, is exactly the right thing to do as pointed out in (1) above.
It should be pointed out that every item mentioned in (1) above is a powerful methylator. Methylation is the machinery by which epigenetic transformations (turning genes on or off) is effected. These methylators (different ones for different people, but perhaps especially betaine) precipitate the conversion of homocysteine back to healthy methionine or cysteine. Homocysteine is a caustic sulfur-containing amino acid that abraids then attaches itself to the epithelial linings of the carotid and aortic arteries. Cholesterol then rushes in to patch-up the abrasions. Some people think the body does all this on purpose in a desperate, last ditch effort to produce cholesterol sulfate, which (apparently) the heart and the brain must have.
For the last several years, I have been eating only one meal a day at about 1:00 PM. The 1:00 PM meal typically consists of maybe two pounds of raw salad vegetables, sauerkraut, prepared mustard, plus a lot of non-omega-six fat, like coconut oil, olive oil, and about six ounces of fatty protein. I find that I always add a whole lot of Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar plus several grams of ascorbic acid dissolved in water. (It tastes absolutely great.) This is a lot of added acid and I have to always re-alkalinize my mouth with xylitol. My diet, in terms of calories, is 11% protein, 4% carbo, and 85% fat. I never have indigestion, although I wonder if I am pushing it. Sometimes, the skin on my forearms itches. Is this a sign of "leaky gut" or any sort of incomplete or unhealthy digestion? For these reasons I have decided to start supplementing with betaine HCL to see if there is any improvement.
It should be pointed out that improper "food combinations" can contribute in a big way to all sorts of digestion problems.
1. Acid and protein, like lemon and fish, work great together.
2. Sweet and sour, like an orange all by itself, does not work very well. Sweet requires an alkaline digestive environment, while sour is acid.
3. Protein and sweet like meat with (a lot) of HFCS barbeque sauce leads to bad indigestion because the sweet-digesting alkaline environment is nowhere near acidic enough to digest the meat.
4. Starch and protein, like pizza, does not work very well because starch requires alkaline, while protein needs acid to digest.
5. Starch and sour, like bananas and acid fruits together, does not work for the very same reasons.
6. Starch and sweet, like a glazed doughnut, could conceivably work except that unhealthy gut flora will have a field day first.
7. Fruits and vegetables don't work very well together. Non-sweet "fruits" like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, or avocados should be considered as vegetables and may be combined with protein, fat, acid foods like vinegar, and other non-starchy vegetables. Sweet fruits, especially melons, should be eaten alone. Adding sugar or any kind of sweetener, or even just cooking the fruit often leads to trouble.
All of these problems have to do with carbohydrate. On a very low-carb diet, digesting only protein and fat, the environment is always highly acidic and the stomach does not have to make any compromises. On a paleolithic diet, the only carbs were nettles, miner's lettuce, things like that. Once in a great while maybe a crab apple or a rose hip, but these things have essentially no sugar, no digestible carbs. The best teeth in the world, even with no flossing or brushing, were those of paleolithic peoples.*
On 12/30/2014 Stephen said...
This is pure betaine hcl! There are no additives or filler! I absolutely love this product! It helps me breakdown my meals and allows me to get right back to physical work after eating! I recommend anybody that suffers from indigestion or heartburn to consider using this product! Most of those symptoms are a result of low-stomach acid so you may need this product!*
On 7/4/2014 Andrew said...
I bought this to acidify my stomach for my morning vitamin/mineral routine and ensure absorption of all the supplements. The fear is that when you wake up and immediately take a bunch of pills, there is no stomach acid present to digest the pills since it is normally produced when eating food or when you believe food is imminent (a la Pavlov).
I have to take my pills straight away in the morning because otherwise I might forget or get started doing something else.
It is very hard to say if this is working or not, because if it works then it will simply ensure a higher percentage of absorption. But, I do feel great right now and I have a really good supplement routine that I've refined for years, so I imagine this is doing its job just fine.*
On 4/30/2014 sean said...
Great product! Mixes nicely in water or sports drinks.*
On 4/14/2014 Eddie said...
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary.