Betaine HCl is a digestive aid containing betaine HCl for people with insufficient stomach acid production (hypochlorydria). Betaine HCl especially supports digestion of protein and fats. People with insufficient stomach acid not only suffer digestive disturbances such as gas, bloating and discomfort after meals, they may also be unable to absorb nutrients from their foods and supplements.
*People that are "high risk" shouldn't take Betaine HCl without supervision. You're at high risk if you're consuming any anti-inflammaory medicines. Examples of those are: corticosteroids, aspirin, Indocin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or other NSAIDs. These drugs can damage the GI lining and supplementing with HCl could aggravate it, increasing the risks of bleeding or ulcer.