Betain HCL or digestive enzymes ?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2014
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 11/4/2014 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

I am chronically bloated for a very long time now.. just recently I looked into taking Betain HCL or digestive enzymes. I have done a lot of research on these, but was wondering if it is more beneficial to take just Betain HCL with pepsin or a complete digestive enzymes formula.

Based on this article:

good HCL production should naturally stimulate the production of digestive enzymes in the pancreas too. This sounds much better than supplementing with enzymes, as it is not natural for the body.

On the other hand (regarding the same article) HCL doesn't really support digestion of the foods.. it mostly breaks down the proteins only.

The digestive enzymes that I have contain HCL as well, but only in small amounts (200mg).
Right now, I am on 4 capsules of Betain HCL 650 mg.

I don't want to take neither of them permanently, but supposedly, by taking Betain HCL the body can re-learn to make enough itself. I am not sure if this is the case for digestive enzymes.

So my question is... would you recommend taking HCL or the digestive enzymes?


Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 5028
   Posted 11/4/2014 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Randall88, welcome.

Before taking anything I would ask a doctor, probably a gastroenterologist or internist. There aren't any doctors practicing on the forum.

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2014
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 11/5/2014 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alicie,

thanks for the welcome. I wanted to hear rather practical information from people with the same problems...
I have talked to several doctors about this. When I told them I have low HCL, they just don't seem to care.
One of them prescribed me some psyllium husk for the bloating :D ... doctors these days.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 795
   Posted 11/7/2014 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Randall, I agree that doctors are not helpful with improving digestion, mine weren't. There are a lot of differences among us, so you will probably just need to try products out to see what makes you feel better. I have had relief using Beano, a digestive aid, and Gas X, to relieve that bloated feeling. These and generic forms of them have few if any side effects.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 6:55 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,371 posts in 329,222 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161773 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Audreyli.
233 Guest(s), 4 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Artist Mark, Gemlin, IamCurious, rockyfords