My Experience With HCL

Hey Nation,

For about a week I’ve been trying betaine hcl with my solid protein meals. I’ve noticed a couple things:

Less gas
Smaller stools
Less heavy feeling after meals

and most surprising to me, for the first time that I can remember, I don’t crave salt. I’ve always had a near freakish taste for salt and I’ve just noticed how it’s subsided.

I’ve been keeping note of some of these things on my blog (, and I’ll chime in here if I notice anything else interesting.


This is kind of a lazy question, so I apologize for that, but how expensive has it been to incorporate HCL for you?

I also just began to take 648 mg of betaine HCL with each meal. And I am feeling like I’m digesting better too. My brand also has 150mg of pepsin. It is from NOW. I don’t remember how much it is, but I remember it being quite affordable. NOW is always very cheap. So much so that I’ve wondered about quality. But I do think they make high-quality products.

I bought mine online, 325mg with 130mg pepsin, 300 tablets for 16 bucks I think.

Mods, if its okay, the brand was Lindberg.

So, I’d say it hasn’t bee terribly expensive.

I’ve been using a pretty high dose, as much as 1625mg per meal. I’ve found I only feel the slightest twinge of a warm feeling if I take a single tab with a protein shake… other than that I haven’t felt a thing.

Here’s a related question: If I want to use a probiotic, when would be the best time to incorporate it? I’ve been using it when I go to bed at night.