As a "femme d'un certain age" (48, if you must know), I am assuming that my stomach acid is no longer as strong as it used to be (that's what you read, at least). I take these to try and ensure that I absorb nutrients better and don't waste the good food I make for myself and my family. When I run out of them, I do feel the difference, so I've already re-ordered these several times. I can definitely recommend them, particularly if you are low in magnesium. You need strong stomach acid to absorb magnesium, so I sometimes even take these on an empty stomach (just one capsule) when I take my Dr's Best High Absorption magnesium between meals. With meals which are high in fat and/or protein, I sometimes take two. Oh, and I also like the fact that these also contain the gentian bitters. I sometimes use a liquid bitter and they do help to calm your stomach if you've had a heavy meal. So, five stars for this one, too!!!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jul 05, 2015 | Verified Purchase
I've used other HCL supplements successfully before, including the Now Foods HCL from iHerb. This Doctor's Best version, however, reliably gives me stomach cramps and heartburn. I'll be switching to another brand.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 02, 2013 | Verified Purchase
This gave me severe constipation, I am assuming it is the gentian because I am ok with the other ingredients. I previously used another brand and thought I'd be ok with Dr's Best because it's cheaper, now I have 2x120 bottles to give away. I think I'll go back to the other brand.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jul 01, 2013 | Verified Purchase
I got this as I take losec for indigestion and wanted to try a natural remedy. For me it did not do what I wanted but it someone else it might.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 31, 2011 | Verified Purchase
These didn't work for me at all. I had to take 3 with a normal meal. I like the Now brand Betaine Hcl much better, only have to take two for a large meal.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Aug 17, 2009 | Verified Purchase
Too strong for me. I could feel a burning sensation after taking it. Capsules so I could not cut it in half. Will not buy again
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 04, 2017 | Verified Purchase
The product did not come nor have you refunded the amount. This is the biggest scam
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