- What other names is Betaine Hydrochloride known by?
- What is Betaine Hydrochloride?
- How does Betaine Hydrochloride work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Betaine Hydrochloride.
Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a "stomach acidifier and digestive aid." But a federal law that went into effect in 1993 banned betaine hydrochloride from use in OTC products because there wasn't enough evidence to classify it "generally recognized as safe and effective." Betaine hydrochloride is now available only as a dietary supplement whose purity and strength can vary.
Betaine hydrochloride is also used to treat abnormally low levels of potassium (hypokalemia), high levels of the compound homocysteine in the blood, hay fever, "tired blood" (anemia), asthma, "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis), yeast infections, diarrhea, food allergies, gallstones, inner ear infections, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and thyroid disorders. It is also used to protect the liver.
Don't confuse betaine hydrochloride with betaine anhydrous. Use only the FDA-approved betaine anhydrous product for the treatment of high levels of homocysteine in the urine (homocystinuria). This is a symptom of some rare genetic diseases.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Food allergies.
- Hay fever.
- "Hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
- Increasing stomach acid..
- Inner ear infection...
- Low potassium.
- Protecting the liver.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Thyroid disorders.
- Yeast infection.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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