People with abnormal gut flora almost without exception have low stomach acid production. Toxins produced by overgrowth of Candida species, Clostridia and other pathogens have a strong ability to reduce secretion of stomach acid. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, recommends that GAPS patients supplement with stomach acid. The most physiological preparation available is Betaine HCl with Pepsin.
NuTriVene Betaine HCl with Pepsin
Serving Size: 1 capsule
Servings Per Container: 90
Amount per Serving
Betaine HCl 200 mg
Pepsin 4 mg
Other ingredients: Plant derived cellulose (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetable).
Nutrivene Betaine with Pepsin contains no yeast, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, egg, salt, sugar, preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors.
**Magnesium stearate is used to help the capsule slip. This is not a filler.**
Keep lid tightly closed and in a cool, dry place. Do not expose to excessive heat.
Betaine HCl with Pepsin should be taken at the beginning of each meal with the first bite of food.
Children and babies: Consult doctor before and for dosage. Natasha Campbell-McBride reports that many parents see improvement in their child’s stools in just a few days.
Children over 10 may need to follow adult dosages.
Adults: To determine the right dose, take one capsule at the start of the meal. Monitor how your stomach feels during and after eating. Should any burning or heaviness occur, or if burning has been present previously (before taking the supplement) and is now worsened with the use of the Betaine HCl, do not continue using this supplement. This is an indication that your stomach is overproducing acid, or that your stomach lining may be damaged.
If the first dose of Betaine HCl provided no noticeable stomach discomfort try taking two capsules at the start of your next meal; again, monitor for burning and or heaviness during and after eating. If taking two capsules produces some discomfort but, one capsule does not, restrict yourself to one capsule at the start of each meal. If the two capsule dose produced no discomfort try three capsules at the start of your next meal.
If all goes well when taking three capsules at the start of each meal stay with that dosage, most individuals will not require increasing the dosage to four or more capsules. Regular use of supplemental hydrochloric acid will, in most cases, “re-train” the stomach to produce higher concentrations of acid on its own. This process may take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the individual. The most significant indication that acid production is improving is that Betaine HCl supplementation can no longer be comfortably tolerated.