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Upgraded Betaine HCL

120 Capsules
***BACK IN STOCK - June 22, 2024. Betaine HCL combined with pepsin, ox bile, gentian and ginger. Enjoy eating protein & fat-rich meals. Perfect for gut-friendly diets like keto, paleo & low FODMAP.†

Take 1 Capsule, With Each Main Meal

5-1 digestive aid
Digest protein & fat
Ideal for low carb diets
Enjoy your favorite foods
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"I like the multi benefit and that it is in one source."

Heather L, Verified Buyer

"I recommend it for anyone looking for digestion support."

Pavel G, Verified Buyer

"Helps with occasional bloating. perfect for my new keto diet for gut!"

Chris M, Verified Buyer

"Helping my digestion breaking down foods"

Asia C, Verified Buyer

Why You’ll Love
Upgraded Betaine HCL

  1. 1. Unique combination of 5 in 1 - Betaine HCL, pepsin, ox bile, ginger & gentian root
  2. 2. Pepsin - pure, uncut (1:15,000) & lactose free
  3. 3. Organic ginger & gentian
  4. 4. Helps with both protein & fat digestion - so your covered for all meals you eat
  5. 5. Suits modern diets - e.g. low carb, low FODMAP, keto, paleo
  6. 6. 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
3rd Party Verified
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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Hear What Our Experts Think


Richelle Godwin BS, RDN

Registered Dietician (RDN)

Upgraded Betaine HCL, takes the humble but helpful Betaine HCL, and expands upon it with both Pepsin and Ox Bile, making it ideal for supporting both protein and fat digestion. This truly convenient combination helps with 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 support your body’s digestion. We believe this is an ideal digestion aid for people experiencing occasional bloating.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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.
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.
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.
Can I take it with my medications?
If you are taking any medications, please consult your physician before using this or any dietary supplement.

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Upgraded Betaine HCL

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Christel S.
United States United States

Healing in a bottle…

Upgraded Betaine HCl has transformed my gut. Using this along with L Glutamine for the past year has brought so much healing and relief to my leaky gut! These products really work when used along with a diet that avoids delayed food allergens (IgG panel is always recommended) we all have some foods our bodies don’t like so it’s best to find out what those are! Great products. I don’t go without them!

Tom W.
United States United States

Improved Digestion

No more digestion discomfort and improved bowel movements.

carol l.
United States United States

Best Customer Service EVER

Besides their exceptional products Essential Stacks have THE best Customer Service ever! I live abroad and my country has rules that are too strict on imports. Not only did they find me a company that allows international shipments, but I was also reimbursed for 1 product that customs had blocked. All this while replying to each of my emails with kindness, understanding and the firm intention of always finding an appropriate solution. As I'm in the recovery phase, I buy a lot of supplements, so I have to deal with a lot of international companies. ES takes the cake by far! THANK YOU !

Christel S.
United States United States

Gut is healing.

Over the past year I’ve been diligent about using my HCl and my glutamine for essential stacks. My gut has healed so much. I’m finally able to take enzymes whereas before it was so bad I couldn’t even take those! Love this product.

Asia C.
United States United States

Outstanding product !!!

I had my gallbladder removed years ago ! My stomach acid has been low but this is helping build it back up . Helping my digestion breaking down foods and helping me produce more bile . This is my 3rd bottle . With a combination with oxbile this a can’t go wrong ! Thank you for creating this product .

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Christel S.
United States United States

My gut is finally healing

Upgraded Betaine HCL has improved my gut so much that I can now take enzymes which was a huge NO for a long time. I never go without this product and no longer have to worry about digesting food well!

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