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The acidic environment in the stomach is vital for digesting food. Hydrochloric acid (or HCL) maintains a pH in the stomach of approximately 2.0, which is optimal for digestion and also protects the stomach from potentially harmful microorganisms. Hydrochloric acid in gastric juice secretions activates the enzyme pepsin to initiate the breakdown of proteins.*
Deficiency of Gastric Acid
Stomach acid is a powerful digestive aid. After a high-protein meal, the pH in a healthy stomach may drop to as low as 1 or 2. However, buffers quickly raise the pH back to 3 or 4.
With age, stomach acid secretion tends to decrease, resulting in low stomach acid, poor digestion, and mineral deficiency. But HCL supplements help make minerals and nutrients more absorbable. Achieving the correct pH is a key to maintaining proper digestive function and overall health.*
Note: Most people use Betaine HCL, but if you develop sensitivity to it, consider Glutamic Acid or HCL 5% drops, or a combination. In very rare cases people have too much acid; in that case you will feel a burning sensation or heartburn when taking HCL with your food. Talk to your healthcare provider to confirm that suspicion and consider taking Balanced Bicarb Antacid.*
As with any dietary or herbal supplement, you should advise your health care practitioner of the use of this product. If you have ulcers, gallstones or are nursing, pregnant, or considering pregnancy, you should consult your health care provider prior to taking this product. The use of this supplement is not intended to treat any disease, and does not claim to cure or prevent any disease.
Interaction with Medication and Other Supplements
If you are taking medications, you should check with your physician or pharmacist prior to using our products. You can also get drug interaction information from one of the many sites on the internet. Search for: Interaction with Medications, Supplements.
Note Regarding Children
Please do personal research and consult with your health care professional before giving any supplements to children. Suggested use is typically designed for adults and may be higher than you would give to a child.
Consult with Your Healthcare Professional
Please do not use the directions as a substitute for the advice from your health care professional. We are not responsible or liable for any actions or diagnosis made by you based on the instructions. We encourage you to consult with your health care professional, do personal research, and check all our ingredients against a reference book before consuming this product.
*Disclaimer Notice: Our statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Please note that reference to Dr. Clark protocols or production methods does not imply that our products can be proven to be any better than other similar products when using US government approved science. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please read full disclaimer here.
Water, Hydrochloric Acid 5%
Put up to 10 drops in food per use or up to 45 drops total per day in food.
Note: Hydrochloric Acid can be taken with any type of food. It can be taken with water or juice.
Warning: Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothes. Do not put drops directly in mouth, it can dissolve teeth. For heartburn take water and milk, do not take baking soda. If heartburn persists seek the care of a qualified professional.
Store at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.