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Magnesium and Hydrochloric Acid Benefits

By Rachel Moran

A healthy stomach has a balanced amount of hydrochloric acid in it at all times. Unfortunately, imbalances of too much or too little present the same burning pain when you eat. In some instances, magnesium can help solve your stomach woes. Both hydrochloric acid and magnesium have important benefits for you, but digestion is a delicate process. If you still experience trouble, see your doctor.

Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrochloric acid helps your stomach get the most of the food you eat so you can process its benefits as it passes through the rest of you. Its primary role is to break down the protein in your food for later assimilation. While it breaks down protein, it also protects you by forming a barrier that kills micro-organisms before they can make you sick. Finally, it neutralizes the acid in the food you eat so that your body's alkalinity or acid levels stay healthy. You only run into problems when you have too much or too little hydrochloric acid.

Betaine HCL

If you begin to experience a burning sensation when you eat, you probably have some kind of acid imbalance. As long as you aren't suffering esophagus problems, take betaine HCL tablets, which are available at a vitamin shop, to test your stomach. Swallow the tablets as directed on the package. If you feel immediate burning, you might have too much hydrochloric acid. Magnesium can help. If you don't feel any relief after several rounds of trying, you might have too little hydrochloric acid. Continue the supplements to balance your stomach.


Magnesium is a crucial part of your body. Most healthy adults have about 25 g of magnesium in their body with about half of that in the bones. Magnesium can help with energy and focus, but it's a big help to people with too much hydrochloric acid in their stomachs, too. Not only does it help move stool through the intestines, which helps the stomach process food more efficiently, magnesium also reduces stomach acid.

Dietary Fixes

Magnesium is available in plenty of foods. Most of them are fibrous, so reach for legumes, broccoli and lots of leafy greens. You can also find it in almonds, chocolate and coffee, although the acidic level of coffee isn't the best for people with painful stomach problems. If you include dairy in your diet, that's another source, too. If you don't have enough hydrochloric acid, you face a possibility of overdoing it on the magnesium. Beneficial levels are about 320 mg per day for women, 360 mg for pregnant or breast-feeding women and 400 mg for men.

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