Explaining Bile Salts

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

What are bile salts? If you are one of millions of Americans who have had their gallbladder removed, you might already know the answer – particularly if you are experiencing some unpleasant side effects when you eat certain foods. Fats in particular become very difficult to digest. In the past, the solution has been to avoid fats altogether. The problem with that is that fats are important and without them, skin issues, vision and eye problems, fatty tumors, bruising, and many other problems occur. The gallbladder plays a key role in digestion of fats. Here’s how: bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder, where they are stored until any fat you have eaten moves into the small intestine. The gallbladder then releases the bile to emulsify the fat – making it easier to absorb. However, if your gallbladder is removed, there is no storage place for bile, and so there may not be enough bile when needed. The failure of your body to release bile when needed decreases your body’s ability to properly digest fat and eventually leads to deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. Some problems that can arise include: • Skin disorders • Vision and eye problems (cataracts) • Fatty tumors • Bruising • Strokes • Atherosclerosis To avoid these issues, it is important to supplement with bile salts. Bile salts, when taken with meals, will aid in digestion and assimilation of fats, and take some pressure off the liver. Along with bile salts, diet can also go a long way toward making you feel better. Beets, artichokes and sauerkraut are some foods that also help promote bile production and stimulate bile flow. If you're interested in learning more about bile salts, call us at 1-800-869-9159 to discuss what supplement would be beneficial for you. Some of our bile support supplements are featured here, as well. Photo from here, with thanks.