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Upgraded Betaine HCL

120 Capsules
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Betaine HCL, pepsin and ox bile help you digest protein and fat, so you don’t feel so bloated. While gentian and ginger further stimulate digestion.†

Take 1 capsule to:

Digest protein & fat
Beat bloating after eating
Enjoy your favorite foods
Turn food into nutrients
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"You’ll feel the difference even from the first capsule."

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"I recommend it for anyone who has problems with stomach acid reflux with low acid."

Pavel G, Verified Buyer

"You’re not gonna feel always full after you eat."

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"Helps with reflux and indigestion. perfect for my new keto diet for gut!"

Chris M, Verified Buyer

Why You’ll Love
Upgraded Betaine HCL

  1. 1. Unique combination of 5 digestive aids in 1 - Betaine HCL, pepsin, ox bile, ginger & gentian root
  2. 2. Designed for bloating, digestion & reflux, so you can look & feel your best
  3. 3. The highest quality Pepsin - pure, uncut (1:15,000) & lactose free
  4. 4. Organic ginger & digestive bitters
  5. 5. While most Betaine HCL only helps with protein digestion, Upgraded Betaine HCL also helps with fat digestion - so your covered for all meals you eat
  6. 6. The perfect digestion supplement for modern diets - e.g. low carb, low FODMAP, keto, paleo
  7. 7. No allergens - verified gluten, dairy & soy free

Designed For Sensitive Guts

Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Soy Free
Soy Free
Hypo Allergenic
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3rd Party Verified

Take 1 Capsule, With Each Main Meal

  • Take 1 capsule at the beginning or during your meal
  • Meal should contain some protein-rich foods, e.g. meat, seafood, dairy etc
  • Importantly, do not empty contents from capsule - instead swallow capsule whole
  • If digestion does not improve from 1 capsule, speak to your healthcare professional about increasing serving size as part of a ‘Betaine HCL Challenge Test’
  • Shelf stable formula - does not require refrigeration
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How Upgraded Betaine HCL Can Help You

Digests protein & fat

Perfect for modern diets like low carb, paleo, keto & low FODMAP †

Beats bloating after eating

With stronger stomach acid, digestion can feel like clockwork †

Enjoy your favorite foods

Hello steak, fish, chicken and even delicious guacamole †

Turns food into nutrients

Get all the healthy amino & fatty acids from the food you eat †

Hear What Our Experts Think


Richelle Godwin BS, RDN

Registered Dietician (RDN)

Upgraded Betaine HCL, takes the humble but powerful Betaine HCL, and evalates it with both Pepsin and Ox Bile, making it ideal for supporting both protein and fat digestion. This truly convenient combination specifically targets the types of foods we eat on a gut-friendly diet, as well as those are consume when eating a more varied diet.


Dr. Joe Haines MD, MPH

Medical Doctor (MD)

To help your gut to do what is does best, Upgraded Betaine HCL also contains digestive bitters, which can help stimulate your body’s own production of HCL, enzymes and bile. By developing a smarter and more balanced broad-spectrum formula, we believe this is an ideal digestion aid for people experiencing occasional bloating.


Bailey Franzen MS, RDN

Registered Dietician (RDN)

Upgraded Betaine HCL meets the highest purity standards across the board. Not only is it independently 3rd party verified gluten, dairy and soy free, but it is also free of GMOs, nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, starch, yeast, artificial colors and flavors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does Betaine HCL actually do?
Upgraded Betaine HCL is a 5-ingredient digestive aid that supports the body’s digestion of dietary fats and proteins. Meaning it can help you digest the fats in foods like avocado, salmon, nuts etc, while also aiding digestion of the protein in these foods. †
How can Betaine HCL, pepsin, bile, bitters & ginger help?
Betaine HCL helps promote stomach acid to the "Goldilocks zone", which helps to activate the enzyme pepsin. And pepsin is used to break down larger chunks of protein into smaller amino acids. To assist with protein metabolism, Upgraded Betaine HCL includes exogenous pepsin (porcine-derived). And to help you digest dietary fat, we added ox bile to combine forces with your own liver’s bile. Meanwhile, the two digestive bitters — gentian and ginger root - support your own body's digestive enzymes into action. What a team! †
What are the benefits of adding pepsin and bile to Betaine HCL?
When your digestive system needs a lot of help, taking a supplement that contains only hydrochloric acid (HCL) will probably not give you the iron stomach you’re hoping for. By adding pepsin, bile and digestive bitters, you’ll not only be supporting stomach acid production and increased gastric juices, you’ll also support your own digestive enzymes into action. †
How is Betaine HCL different to digestive enzymes?
On its own, Betaine HCL is technically not a digestive enzyme. Instead, HCL promotes healthy stomach acid, which is vital for the activation of pepsin, the protein-digesting enzyme in the stomach. So if you want to get a bit could call Betaine HCL a protein enzyme precursor. Kind of like a coach for enzymes! Meanwhile, if you’re looking strictly for digestive enzymes — which mostly start to work in the small intestine — consider our Pure Enzymes supplement, packed with 18-plant-based digestive enzymes. †
How is this supplement made?
The compound, Betaine HCl is synthetically made, while the pepsin we use is the highest quality: porcine-derived and undiluted at 1:15,000 strength. (Many pepsin supplements are diluted down to 1:3,000 strength or derived from much weaker Aspergillus fungus.) As the name implies, ox bile is derived from the bile of an ox, which has been used for thousands of years in the traditional medicine systems of the Far East. Finally, the digestive bitters, Gentian Root and Ginger Root are sourced from organic farms. †
How do I know if I should take this supplement?
Upgraded Betaine HCL may help if you experience any of the following symptoms after eating a meal that contains a significant amount of dietary fat or protein: gas, occasional bloating, flatulence, belching, GI discomfort, constipation or diarrhea. †
When should I take Upgraded Betaine HCL?
Take 1 capsule at the beginning of a meal that contains a significant amount of dietary protein and fat (approximately 20 grams or more of protein). If you forget to take it right before the first bite, this digestive aid can still be effective if taken during your meal.
How should I take it?
Swallow it in capsule form. Do not open the capsule.
How many capsules should I take?
Start with 1 capsule per meal and notice how you feel. If you experience no burning sensation or other discomfort, continue with 1 capsule at every protein-rich meal.
How many servings / days supply?
Each bottle contains 120 capsules. A serving size is one capsule. If you eat just one protein-rich meal per day, one bottle of Upgraded Betaine HCL will last you 4 months. And if you eat two such meals a day, then one bottle will last 2 months.
How should I store this?
Upgraded Betaine HCL does not need to be refrigerated. Store it in a cool, dry place.
How long till I feel a noticeable difference?
Upgraded Betaine HCL helps promote stomach acid levels and production of enzymes, while also supplying your body with extra enzymes & bile. So unsurprisingly, it may work within minutes of taking it. When taken consistently with protein-rich meals, individuals may see an improvement in symptoms within a relatively short period of time.
Does it contain gluten, dairy or soy?
No. Plus, it is 3rd party verified gluten, dairy and soy free.
Can I take Upgraded Betaine HCL with other Essential Stacks products?
Yes, it pairs well with our plant-based 18 digestive enzyme blend, Pure Enzymes. Meanwhile, if you take one of our probiotic supplements, we recommend taking it at least 1-2 hours before or after taking Upgraded Betaine HCL.
If I take Upgraded Betaine HCL, do I need Pure Enzymes?
Pure Enzymes helps digest all foods. Whereas Upgraded Betaine HCL is specifically helpful for meals that contain a significant amount of protein and/or fat, e.g. 20 grams or more. Many of our customers report enhanced digestion when taking both products. i.e. Upgraded Betaine HCL helps do the heavy lifting with protein and fats, while Pure Enzymes finishes the job, and of course helps with carbohydrates digestion.
Can children take Upgraded Betaine HCL?
We like to err on the safe side when it comes to children. So please consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if HCL is okay for them and what the appropriate dose would be.
Can pregnant or nursing mothers take Upgraded Betaine HCL?
Since research involving expecting- and breastfeeding mothers taking HCL is lacking, we recommend you consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplement.
Are any medical issues contraindicated?
If you have any medical issues, please consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplement. In particular, those with stomach ulcers, aka peptic ulcers, should avoid taking this supplement as increased hydrochloric acid can irritate ulcers. In addition, Betaine HCL should be avoided if you have gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining).
Can I take it with my medications?
If you are taking any medications, please consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplement. In particular, Betaine HCL is not advised for people taking anti-inflammatory medications including: corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications can irritate the lining of the stomach, which increases the risk of peptic ulcers when exposed to HCL.

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Upgraded Betaine HCL

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Jennifer M.
United States United States

Fast delivery

This product works well and the shipment arrived very quickly.

Stephanie Y.
United States United States

Upgraded Betaine HCL for my digestion!

I LOVE this product! It is a daily non negotiable for my digestion. I battle IBS and it has taken me several years to figure out the supplements that work for me and this is one of them! I take with each meal and I know that it is one of the supplements I will take for life! The customer service is also top notch and will be the only company I use for this. I had a double order by mistake and it took them less than an hour to respond back to my email and help fix the situation!

Esmeralda B.
United States United States

Saved my Gut

Since taking upgraded Betaine the heart burn has significantly reduced and I haven’t had to take any other medications.

Esena c.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Never turned

This company is a scam!!!!! They are quick to take your money. But if your product does not show up. You cannot get threw to anyone its like your your dealing with robots. Ive attempted to email this company on several occasions with no response. Regret spending my money. Im still trying after 7 weeks to get my product. They have given me no choice now but to write this bad review. I shall seek refund from them now and try another company

Brian M.
United States United States

Help with digestion so much

My doctor prescribed me ppi, cut off my acid in my stomach for so long,come to find out the older u get your stomach produce less acid as u age I have spend over $900 try to find digestive relief,I'm very grateful that I found this product,I like the blend of ingredients more than hcl with have ox ,bile, ginger,gentian root.upgraded betaine HCl I highly recommend.

Daniel M.
United States United States

Very impressed!

This is a quality product and the support is excellent. Very happy with this purchase and will continue using it for the foreseeable future!

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