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[QUOTE=Lisasc;5002846]Hi JasraL. I have been taking the GABA at night only. I am symptom-free for about 5 minutes in the morning, and then when I sip some water it all comes back, sadly. I am disappointed in the results. I haven't yet scheduled the Ph study; I wanted to try a few other things first, and it has to be performed at the hospital, not an outside facility. Where would I find this Betaine L? And, tell me again what dose you take, and how many times a day. I am certainly willing to try it. Also, which digestive enzymes are you on?[/QUOTE]

@Lisasc -- I take a digestive enzyme supplement (not sure if I can mention a specific brand name on this site but it's an online supplier) but they are capsules and they contain the following:
Bromelain (from pineapple)
Papain (from papaya fruit)
Protease 4.5 (from Asperilla oryzae)
Amylase (from Asperilla oryzae)
Lipase (from Asperilla N.)
Protease 4.5 (from Asperilla oryzae)
Lactase (from Asperilla oryzae)
Cellulase (from Trichoderma longbrachiatum)
Hemicellulase (from Asperilla N.)
I've seen these type of enzymes on sale in our local health food shop, sort of near the vitamin section, but it seems that different brands have different combinations of the enzymes (some with more, some with less), but they are available. On my bottle, it says to take two capsules before meals, and that's what I've been doing. To be honest, I didn't think that they were helping much until I ran out and got a bit sniffly for the next day or two until I started them back up again. And then I was fine again.

The basic enzymes and their specific functions are as follows: amylase digests starches; cellulose digests fibers; lactase digests dairy products; lipases digest fats, oils and triglycerides; maltase digests starch and grains; proteases digest proteins; and sucrose digests sugars. I think the theory is that any means of accelerating the stomach's emptying of food may well reduce the volume of stomach acid and lessen irritation along the digestive tract.

The Betaine Hydrochloride I also get from an online health food store (it's more convenient for me for online stuff as I live in a rural area) and it also seems to come in different strengths from different manufacturers. The tablets I take contain 625mg of Betaine Hydrochloride with 165mg of Pepsin (1:3,000). I normally take two of these tablets before eating a normal meal, 3 tablets if the meal contains a lot of protein and fat. To find out what dose I needed to take was just a bit of trial and error. I took one tablet to start, then the next meal took two, then the next meal took three. Three tablets with a normal meal caused my stomach to feel a bit 'warm' (is how I would describe it) so at my next meal, I went back down to two tablets and stayed with that dosage. I take three tablets [I]only [/I]when I know the meal has a lot of protein and fat to digest (like when I eat a large steak, for example).

I take these tablets right before I eat meals, so that's three times a day. I don't take them with my mid-morning snack as it's normally fruit (usually a banana.) I take the enzymes and the Betaine at the same time.

I would not recommend Betaine Hydrochloride to anyone that has been diagnosed with any type of stomach ulcers, and my bottle does say on its label 'do not take this supplement if you have been diagnosed with peptic or duodenal ulcers'. And as janewhite1 said in the previous post, if you try one tablet once, and it hurts, don't take it. I wasn't sure if it was going to work for me, but I tried it and it did and I'm glad. It won't be the solution for everyone, but I was so desperate in wanting to breathe normally again that I was willing to give it a shot. Like I said in an earlier post, I not only had horrible sinus symptoms and coughing, but also asthma. A scientific study I read by a Dr. Bray found that 88% of the asthmatic children in his clinical study group had hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid--I think that's probably been my problem all along as I had my first bout with asthma at age 2.

My digestive enzymes don't have any warning on the label except the standard 'if you are pregnant or lactating, consult a health care professional before using this product,' but I think pretty much every supplement/vitamin/medication has that as a warning.

If you do try the enzymes and/or the Betaine, Lisasc, let us know how it goes with you. I've got a few more weeks to wait before going back to see my doctor to see if I can reduce my asthma meds, but (fingers crossed) so far so good. It's still working for me.

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