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Houston Enzymes
Issue 59, February 2014
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What everyone should know about betaine HCl
Q and A with Dr. H: How do I know I need an enzyme product?
Join us at the MAPS Conference for health pros
Let's talk at TACA autism events
What everyone should know about betaine HCl

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.   Dr. Devin Houston

 

My anatomy professor in college amazed us naive students one day by drinking a glass of diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl). We thought it was a death-defying stunt until he told us the amount of acid in the glass was less than the acid content of our stomach. 

 

Americans continue to be fascinated by the whole issue of stomach acid. From "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is," to the irritating commercials on acid reflux, we always seem to be unhappy with our acid situation.  

 

HCl is secreted by special cells in the stomach wall. There is always some amount of acid being produced, but acid really pours out when food enters the stomach. The HCl does not break food down; that is left up to the enzymes.

Acid does prepare foods for digestion, especially proteins. Normally, proteins exist in a tightly coiled globular structure. Acid denatures the protein which results in the protein unraveling into a more linear structure. This then allows enzymes access to the peptide bonds so the protein can be broken down. 

 

Acid also jump-starts enzyme activity. Above pH 5.0, stomach enzymes are inactive. Once acid lowers the pH to under 5.0, they become active. This is why those on acid reflux medications often get relief from the reflux but their digestion becomes less than optimal. The lack of acid prevents our own enzymes from working.  

 

Luckily, enzyme supplements do not need HCl to be active because they are already in an active form, once they are in solution. Our plant-based enzymes can function in a broad range of pH, usually from 2 to 9.  

 

I am often asked if I recommend taking betaine HCl. If one takes enzyme supplements I really see no need for doing so, but it also won't hurt the enzymes either.  

 

If you feel better taking the betaine, then by all means use it. Your Houston Enzymes supplements will work just as well with or without it.

Q and A with Dr. H: How do I know I need an enzyme product?

 

Q: How do I know I need an enzyme product?

 

A: Click on the video for Dr. Houston's response.

  

How do I know I need an enzyme product?
How do I know I need an enzyme product?
  
Join us at the MAPS Conference for health professionals

If you are a health professional, we hope to see you March 27-29, 2014 in Costa Mesa, CA at the MAPS Conference (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs). Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 
Register here or click on the image below.
 
 
Let's talk at TACA autism events 
 
Join us at these events for 
parents of children with autism
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April 5, 2014 in Crystal Lake, IL (Chicago): TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Learning Seminar, "The Scoop on Poop". Dr. Houston will be a speaker. Register here or click on the image below. 
 
 
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April 26, 2014 in Malvern, PA (Philadelphia): TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Real Help Now Autism Conference. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 
Register here
or click on the image below.
 
 
 
Visit the Houston Enzymes Event Calendar for updates on all our events.
Thank you for reading. As always, contact us with any comments or questions.
 

Devin Houston, PhD, CEO
Houston Enzymes 
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