Digest-Well Complex provides two key ingredients critical for a healthy stomach and overall digestion: Betaine HCl and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Powder. While often misunderstood, issues with stomach acidity significantly affect our ability to digest and absorb foods. Apple cider vinegar works synergistically with Betaine HCl to maintain the appropriate pH of the stomach.
Why Betaine HCl?
Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is a chemical compound often used as a supplement to support healthy digestion. It’s a combination of betaine—an amino acid-like substance found in plants like beets—and hydrochloric acid (HCl), a naturally occurring acid in the stomach that aids digestion.
The body naturally produces HCl to help with proper digestion. It acidifies the stomach, preventing harmful pathogens from coming in through food or water.
It also promotes nutrient absorption. Supplemental hydrochloric acid is necessary for those with reduced stomach acid (hypochlorhydria). Our production of hydrochloric acid may decrease due to age or certain health conditions. Medications like antacids and proton pump inhibitors also reduce stomach acid.
Hydrochloric acid is critical because it activates pepsin in the stomach. Pepsin is one of the main digestive enzymes involved in breaking down proteins into smaller units called peptides. It also promotes the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B12 absorption particularly suffer when stomach acid is low. HCl also helps stimulate bile flow and pancreatic enzyme secretion. These compounds are essential for fat, protein, and carbohydrate digestion.
The acidic environment of the stomach created by the presence of hydrochloric acid can also play an important role in discouraging small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO is associated with digestive problems, leaky gut, and an increased risk of chronic health conditions.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar?
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Powder functions similarly to liquid apple cider vinegar from a health benefits standpoint without the taste! Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been shown to improve many bodily functions. It may support proper blood sugar levels, regulate bacteria and yeast in the intestines, and normalize stomach acid levels. This support of gut health may improve acid reflux/GERD, heartburn, and signs of indigestion, like burping and bloating.
So, instead of always reaching for the liquid ACV, you can get the same great benefits from a powder capsule.
Who Shouldn’t Take Digest-Well
Betaine HCL should not be taken by individuals who have stomach or duodenal ulcers or those taking drugs with ulcers as a potential side effect. It’s also important to know whether you have low stomach acid first so you’re not taking this supplement unnecessarily. That’s why testing is so crucial.
Remember, the Swiss watch of the body’s systems is a delicate balance! For more information, to test your systemic functions, and to discover possible triggers, contact a Wellness Way clinic. We can help you understand how your body is functioning and the best ways to support it!