- Supports the digestive system.
- Contains hydrochloric acid, which helps the body digest proteins.
How It Works:
PDA supplements the body's digestive secretions with hydrochloric acid (HCl) and provides pepsin, a natural protein-digesting enzyme. The stomach manufactures hydrochloric acid to break down proteins. But, as people age, they may produce less HCl, which can affect the amount of protein they can break down and ultimately absorb. Inefficient protein digestion can affect the viability of the intestinal flora that feast on these compounds.
Betaine hydrochloric acid, pepsin.
Take 1-4 capsules with a meal three times daily.
Prior to 1993, betaine hydrochloride was available over the counter as a digestive aid. Since then, it is only sold in supplement form. Traditional use includes tired blood, arterial support, low potassium levels, yeast imbalance, liver support and more. Betaine hydrochloride is also referred to simply as betaine.
In 1836, Theodor Schwann discovered and named the enzyme pepsin (after the Greek word peptein, which means "to digest"). Pepsin is widely considered the first enzyme of animal origin to be discovered.