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Promote Healthy Stomach Acid Levels for Optimal Digestion and Nutrient Absorption

  • 100% plant-based betaine HCL and full-spectrum digestive enzymes
  • Helps restore healthy stomach acid levels
  • Improves mineral, vitamin B12, and amino acid absorption
  • Better digestion, gut movement, and detoxification
  • Relieves bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, post-meal fatigue, and stomach heaviness or discomfort after meals
  • Improves exercise recovery and muscle growth with better protein digestion (when combined with the right diet and training)
  • Promotes healthy function of the valve between esophagus and stomach, which may help with acid reflux and heartburn
  • Promotes healthy stomach acid protection against food-borne infections


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Why You Should Get Our HCL Breakthrough

  • All-natural and 100% plant-based betaine hydrochloride and full-spectrum digestive enzyme blend
  • Mineral-enhanced with a full-spectrum mineral complex to provide cofactors to digestive enzymes and correct deficiencies
  • Free of pork-derived pepsin, which can irritate the esophagus (the tube between the mouth and the stomach) in people with heartburn
  • Optimizes the absorption of important minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese
  • Promotes healthy gut movement, bile flow, and enzymatic secretions
  • Helps maximize protein digestion and assimilation in the stomach, which improves exercise recovery and muscle building results
  • Reduces incomplete digested proteins that can stimulate the immune system or cause leaky gut
  • Supports the stomach’s natural ability to protect against foodborne infections, including bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and parasites
  • Support natural protection against bacteria or yeast fermentation in the upper gut
  • Relieves indigestion, gas, bloating, belching, and fatigue after meals
  • Supports healthy closure of the valve between the stomach and esophagus
  • Enhances digestion and nutrient absorption when taken with meals
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee with respect to quality, purity, potency, and effectiveness
  • Produced in small batches with medical-grade natural ingredients

HCL Breakthrough Benefits

  1. Promotes Healthy Digestive Function

    Your stomach acid is critical for healthy digestion by:

    • Loosening up the chemical structures of your food to make them accessible to digestive enzymes
    • Activating protein-digesting enzymes in the stomach
    • Stimulating the closure of the valve that prevents stomach acid from backflowing into your esophagus

    Low stomach acid, which tends to happen with aging and stress, can have ripple effects throughout the digestive system and thus the body. Without enough stomach acid, it takes your body significantly more energy and enzymes to digest food.

    People with low stomach acid tend to struggle with bloating, indigestion, post-meal fatigue, acid reflux and heartburn. Many also have low appetite and nutrient deficiencies. In some cases, incompletely digested proteins can contribute to leaky gut or become food allergies.

    HCL Breakthrough supports healthy stomach acid levels to ensure optimal digestion and reduce digestive discomfort.

  2. Promotes Healthy Gut Movement

    Once your food leaves the stomach, the acidity stimulates the wave-like gut movement, along with pancreatic enzyme and bile secretion. Therefore, insufficient stomach acid can cause sluggish gut movement and insufficient overall digestion, which create a perfect environment for bacteria and yeast overgrowth.

    A classic symptom of slow gut movement is constipation and long transit time. Worse yet, when the yeast and bacteria ferment food in the small intestine, it can cause gas and bloating. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is also associated with many chronic health conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and anxiety and depression.

    For most people, improving stomach acid with HCL Breakthrough can promote healthy gut movement. However, if you may have SIBO, you’ll need to see a qualified practitioner for testing, diagnosis, and treatments. While restoring healthy stomach acid levels should be a key part of any gut healing protocol, HCL Breakthrough is not FDA approved to treat or diagnose any disease.

  3. Improves Mineral and Vitamin B12 Absorption

    Stomach acid is important for the absorption of essential minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese. It also activates intrinsic factor, which is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption.

    People with inadequate stomach acid often become deficient in these minerals, which may manifest as iron-deficiency anemia, reduced bone density, and weakened immune system. You can supplement with these minerals but if you can’t absorb them, you’ll be wasting money on the mineral supplements.

    By supporting healthy stomach acid levels, HCL Breakthrough can help improve the absorption of these key minerals and vitamin B12. Many of our users find it helpful to add HCL Breakthrough along with high-iron foods and supplements to increase their iron levels.

  4. Improves Protein Digestion and Absorption

    Stomach acid helps denature proteins, which open up their chemical structure and make them more easily accessible to enzymes. Also, inside the stomach, the acid activates digestive enzymes including pepsin and rennin. The lack of stomach acid can reduce these steps, making it significantly harder for your body to digest protein.

    Many people with low stomach acid feel a heavy stomach or tired after meals. They may also struggle to build muscles because they cannot effectively digest and absorb proteins.

    Restoring stomach acid with HCL Breakthrough can ensure healthy protein digestion, which will relieve post-meal fatigue and heaviness. If you are working to gain muscles, you may also get better results by adding HCL Breakthrough.

  5. Support the Stomach’s Natural Ability to Protect Against Food-Borne Infections

    One of the critical roles your stomach acid plays is to sterilize your stomach content. The acidity kills most yeast, bad bacteria, and parasites, which are opportunistic infections. Low stomach acid leaves the door wide open for these infections, which may increase your risk of food-borne illnesses and chronic gut infections.

    By increasing stomach acidity, HCL Breakthrough improves your stomach’s natural ability to kill these infections before they take hold in your body.

How Do Hydrochloric Acid Supplements Work?

Betaine is a B-vitamin found in high concentration in beets. Betaine HCL is a salt of betaine and HCL. Once in the stomach, it releases the hydrochloric acid, which is the same as your stomach acid.

In a clinical study of healthy volunteers, betaine HCL supplements effectively reduces stomach pH by about 4.5 within about 30 minutes.

When to Take Betaine HCL?

Most people can use some stomach acid support because stress and aging reduces stomach acid. If you experience indigestion, stomach discomfort, fatigue after meals, and acid reflux or GERD, regular use of betaine HCL with meals may provide some relief. Also, if you are low in some minerals or vitamin B12, it is a good idea to support your stomach acid levels with betaine HCL.

Naturally, your stomach releases stomach acid about 30 minutes into your meal. It is, therefore, best to take HCL Breakthrough with food.

Improve Digestion and Heartburn by Supporting Stomach Acids With HCL Supplement

One of the low stomach acid symptoms is heartburn and acid reflux. It is counterintuitive because acid reflux can allow the acid to irritate your esophagus and throat. However, the valve between your esophagus and stomach closes in response to enough acidity levels in the stomach. If the valve doesn’t close properly, you have insufficient stomach acid production.

Unfortunately, most people reach for antacids or stomach acid-blocking drugs, which further reduce stomach acid to nothing. While these drugs do curb the symptoms and allow the esophagus to heal, they do not fix the root cause of acid reflux and heartburn. Instead, they cause further problems due to low stomach acid, such as nutrient deficiencies, improper gut movement, and increased risk of foodborne illnesses.

To address the heartburn and acid reflux, it is best to figure out the root causes. Identify foods and situations that trigger the symptoms and avoid them. Then, support healthy stomach acid levels with HCL Breakthrough so the valve between the stomach and esophagus can work naturally. This will also prevent other long-term health risks from having no stomach acid.

HCL Breakthrough Questions:
Why doesn't HCL Breakthrough have pepsin in it?

The only sources of pepsin available are from stomachs of animals, such as pigs or cows. Some people are allergic to pork or beef, or have dietary restrictions that disallow these foods.

People with low stomach acid are more likely to develop acid reflux or stomach ulcers. Among these people, the damage to the mucosa and stomach lining are caused by pepsin more than the stomach acid itself [R]. Therefore, we chose another form of plant-based proteases instead.

What are the benefits of using HCL Breakthrough?

Nowadays, most people suffer from low stomach acid and suboptimal digestion due to:

  • Aging
  • Poor eating hygiene, such as eating distracted or in a hurry, and not chewing food properly
  • Deficiencies of minerals that are important for the production of stomach acid, such as zinc
  • Overconsumption of foods that may inhibit digestive enzymes, such as dairy and grains
  • Coffee and tea can neutralize stomach acid and inhibit digestive enzymes
  • Food allergies and sensitivities

Other than digestion, stomach acid is important for sterilizing your foods before it reaches further stages of your stomach. Also, the acidity triggers the secretions of digestive enzymes and bile, and wave-like gut movement that moves your food along. Having low stomach acid can result in overall poor digestion and gut movement, and possibly overgrowth of gut pathogens.

HCL Breakthrough can increase stomach acid and jumpstart more natural HCL production. It also contains a comprehensive combination of digestive enzymes to further help optimize digestion. The benefits of HCL Breakthrough include:

  • Better digestion
  • Relief from bloating, indigestion, belching, or post-meal fatigue
  • Better absorption of nutrients that require stomach acid to absorb, such as iron and vitamin B12
  • Healthier gut movement
How can I tell if I have low HCL?

People with low stomach acid tend to have some nutrient deficiencies and digestion symptoms. For example, they may feel a heavy sensation in their stomach and bloating, especially after meat-heavy meals.

What can you expect when you begin using HCL Breakthrough?

You should start from 1 capsule and gradually increase the dosage until you start to feel your digestive symptoms improve, as long as you don’t experience any negative symptoms.

Once you reach your optimal dose, you will immediately experience:

  • Better digestion - no heavy “brick in the stomach” sensation
  • Better post-meal energy levels
  • Relief from stomach discomfort, bloating, indigestion, belching, or burping
  • Better nutrient absorption

Within a few weeks, you may observe the improvement in your nutrification (nutrient absorption and assimilation), even though you’re eating the exact same food. For example, you may feel more energy as you absorb more iron. Or you may get better gains with your muscle mass from improved protein digestion.

Can children take HCL Breakthrough? If so, what is the suggested dosage? If so, what is the suggested dosage?

HCL Breakthrough is not recommended for children.

Can you empty the contents of the HCL Breakthrough capsule in your beverage?

HCL can be corrosive to teeth and irritate sensitive tissue. Therefore, HCL Breakthrough capsules should not be dissolved in beverages.

What is the recommended dosage for HCL Breakthrough?

The recommended dosage for HCL Breakthrough is 1 capsule with each meal or within 30 minutes of eating a meal. Dosage information can be found on the bottle’s label.

Consult your medical practitioner prior to starting any new supplement, especially if you have a medical condition.

When is the best time to take HCL Breakthrough?

The optimal time to take HCL Breakthrough is 30 minutes after your meal.

Taking HCL Breakthrough before a meal may turn off stomach acid production for this meal as it may create a false experience of heartburn.

How should HCL Breakthrough be stored?

Store HCL Breakthrough in a cool and dry place.

How many capsules are in a HCL Breakthrough bottle?

HCL Breakthrough bottles contain 90 capsules.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What is HCL?

HCL or hydrochloric acid is a very strong acid produced by your stomach.

The roles of stomach acid include:

  • Killing any potential pathogens that make its way into your stomach
  • Degrading proteins and converting them into forms that are easy to digest
  • Kick-starting the digestion, secretion, and movement throughout the digestive system
  • Activating enzymes that are released into the stomach as precursors, such as pepsin, which also activate other enzymes in the stomach
  • Converting minerals, such as iron and zinc, into a form that can be absorbed and used into the body
What are the symptoms of acid reflux in adults?

Acid reflux is caused by the gastroesophageal sphincter (the valve between your stomach and esophagus) coming loose, allowing the stomach content to rise up into the esophagus.

Symptoms may include:

  • Heartburn or a burning sensation in your chest, especially when laying down
  • Chest pain
  • Burping or belching
  • Recurring coughs or hiccups
  • Hoarse voice
  • Bad breath
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Sour or bitter taste in the back of the throat
How can I relieve acid reflux?

There are many potential causes of acid reflux. You should consult your physician or naturopathic doctor to identify the root causes and treat them accordingly.

Conventional medicine uses means to reduce stomach acid to treat acid reflux. However, incidences of acid reflux increase with age, while stomach acid decreases with age, so most cases of acid reflux are caused by low stomach acid. Older adults may have delayed stomach acid secretions compared to younger adults.

Often, acid reflux is caused by an imbalance in the gut bacteria or small intestine bacterial overgrowth.

Ways to temporarily manage acid reflux include:

  • Avoiding trigger foods, such as mint, fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, onions, garlic, coffee, tea, chocolate, carbonated beverages, and alcohol
  • Staying upright after eating and avoiding eating too close to bedtime
  • Sleeping in an incline
  • Managing stress
  • Avoiding exercising too soon after eating
  • Quitting smoking if you’re a smoker
  • Losing weight if overweight or obese
  • Avoiding tight-fitting clothing or belts
  • Managing medications that may cause acid reflux as a side effect
  • Finding an eating routine that works for you - some people do better eating smaller meals, while others three square meals per day.
  • Practicing good eating hygiene, such as eating mindfully and thoroughly chewing food

Many people find that optimizing overall digestion and microbiome relieves their acid reflux. Several BiOptimizers products, including HCl Breakthrough, provide digestive and microbiome support. However, our products are not approved to treat or prevent any conditions. You should also consult your physician before introducing any supplements or diet changes.

What is GERD?

GERD is when acid reflux keeps recurring, at least more than twice a week. GERD can cause inflammation to the esophagus and may lead to esophageal cancer.

What is hydrochloric acid used for?

Your stomach naturally produces stomach acid to kill pathogens and activate digestive enzymes in the stomach. The acidity also serves to trigger gut movement and secretions of digestive juices in the intestine.

What causes low stomach acid?

There are many causes of low stomach acid, including:

  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Eating too fast or mindlessly
  • Antacids*
  • Stomach acid-reducing drugs (proton pump inhibitors)*
  • Vitamin B and zinc deficiencies
  • Autoimmune conditions that destroy the stomach lining
  • Helicobacter pylori and other gut infections
  • Drinking coffee on empty stomach can injure the acid-producing cells in the stomach lining

*Always speak to your physician before stopping or making changes to your medication regimens. If you have stomach ulcer, you may need these medications temporarily to allow the ulcers to heal. Do not take stomach acid supplements (including HCL Breakthrough) if you have stomach ulcers.

Why did I start having acid reflux?
  1. You may have low stomach acid due to one of the causes above. As a result, the valve between the stomach and esophagus don’t get enough stimulation to close.
  2. You are eating trigger foods that cause acid reflux without the right support for your gut, such as coffee, citrus, red meat, or very high fat meals.
  3. Your post-meal posture allows for the acid to flow up the esophagus
How to increase stomach acid naturally?
  • Slow down and eat your meals slowly and mindfully
  • Correct your zinc and B vitamin deficiencies if you are deficient in these nutrients
  • Use HCL Breakthrough
  • Increasing the protein content of your meals
  • Use digestive bitters
  • Drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar 15 minutes before meals
What is stomach acid?

Stomach acid is the naturally occuring hydrochloric acid produced by a type of cells that line your stomach. It serves to sterilize your food, facilitate digestion, and promote further steps of digestion.

How do you know if you have high or low stomach acid?

High stomach acid is quite rare since stomach acid decreases with age. Symptoms of excess stomach acid may include stomach discomfort, especially on an empty stomach. You may also have nausea and vomiting.

However, it’s important to see a doctor to rule out injuries to the stomach lining, which may allow any level of stomach acid to irritate the stomach tissue. The following may increase the risk of stomach lining injuries:

  • H. pylori infection
  • Usage of drugs that reduce stomach lining protection, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Being under intense physical or emotional stress
  • Alcohol drinking, especially without food
  • Irregular or unhealthy eating patterns

Low stomach acid is more common and tends to have ripple effects throughout the body. Signs of low stomach acid include:

  • Nutrient deficiencies, such as iron or B12 deficiency anemia
  • Indigestion, bloating, gas, belching, and heartburn
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Lack of appetite
  • Catching gut infections or food-borne illnesses easily
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food allergies, sensitivities, or leaky gut
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Product Information

Product Dimensions:

  • Cap diameter: 1.5 inches
  • Bottom diameter: 2 inches
  • Height: 4 inches
  • Weight: 2.85 ounces


Do not use if ulcer or gastritis are present.

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HCL Breakthrough Reviews

Scientific Studies
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  2. Lydiard RB. Irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression: what are the links?. J Clin Psychiatry. 2001;62 Suppl 8:38-47.
  3. Yago MR, Frymoyer AR, Smelick GS, et al. Gastric reacidification with betaine HCL in healthy volunteers with rabeprazole-induced hypochlorhydria. Mol Pharm. 2013;10(11):4032-4037. doi:10.1021/mp4003738
  4. Britton E, McLaughlin JT. Ageing and the gut. Proc Nutr Soc. 2013;72(1):173-177. doi:10.1017/S0029665112002807
  5. Guilliams TG, Drake LE. Meal-Time Supplementation with Betaine HCl for Functional Hypochlorhydria: What is the Evidence?. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2020;19(1):32-36.
  6. Yarandi SS, Nasseri-Moghaddam S, Mostajabi P, Malekzadeh R. Overlapping gastroesophageal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome: increased dysfunctional symptoms. World J Gastroenterol. 2010;16(10):1232-1238. doi:10.3748/wjg.v16.i9.1232

Promote Healthy Stomach Acid Levels for Optimal Digestion and Nutrient Absorption

  • 100% plant-based betaine HCL and full-spectrum digestive enzymes
  • Helps restore healthy stomach acid levels
  • Improves mineral, vitamin B12, and amino acid absorption
  • Better digestion, gut movement, and detoxification
  • Relieves bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, post-meal fatigue, and stomach heaviness or discomfort after meals
  • Improves exercise recovery and muscle growth with better protein digestion (when combined with the right diet and training)
  • Promotes healthy function of the valve between esophagus and stomach, which may help with acid reflux and heartburn
  • Promotes healthy stomach acid protection against food-borne infections