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Bile salts are the sodium salts found in bile acid, including sodium taurocholate and sodium glycocholate. Bile salts are found naturally in bile which is created and secreted by the liver, and help absorb dietary fats. Bile acids are created from cholesterol (a type of fat), bile (digestion fluid), and proteins also found in the liver. The purpose of bile salts is to help breakdown and transport lipid compounds out of the intestinal lumen and into the intestinal cells. Some examples of molecules that need bile salts for absorption include cholestrol and fat soluble vitamins.
Bile salt supplementation[edit | edit source]
Supplementing with Bile Salts has been suggested for those with biliary sludge (build up of bile) but not for individuals who have had their gallbladder removed. Experts at Harvard Health claim that there is no reason to supplement bile salts as long as you have a healthy functioning liver.
There may be reasons to consider supplementing with bile salts if you have high cholestrol or have problems absorbing fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K). Note that unnecessary supplementation of bile salts has been known to cause diarrhea - also known as bile acid malabsorption (BAM). BAM is considered to be a major cause of urgency and loose stool in about a third of those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Bile salts and the immune system[edit | edit source]
Bile salts are capable of communicating with macrophages (a kind of white blood cell) and facilitating an immune response. Therefore it is possible that those with altered concentrations of bile acids may be at risk for a lack of response to infections.
Secondary infections as a complication to having the flu virus are caused by the lack of immune response, probably as a result of a virus infiltrating macrophages production and become a transmission method.
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
No studies have yet been carried out on the effect of bile salt supplementation on patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- 2002, A Link Between Polymorphonuclear Leukocyte Intracellular Calcium, Plasma Insulin, and Essential Hypertension
- 2009, Role of Bile Acids and Bile Acid Receptors in Metabolic Regulation
See also[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Reprogramming of pro-inflammatory human macrophages to an anti-inflammatory phenotype by bile acids https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-18305-x
- ”The ability to infect and replicate in macrophages is implicated in the pathogenesis of many viruses, such as influenza virus , rabies virus , and dengue virus .” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4774560/
- The role of macrophages in influenza A virus infection https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/pdf/10.2217/fvl.14.65
References[edit | edit source]
- Collins Dictionary of Medicine. 2004.
- Cowen, A. E.; Campbell, C. B. (Dec 1977). "Bile salt metabolism. I. The physiology of bile salts". Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine. 7 (6): 579–586. ISSN 0004-8291. PMID 274936.
- "Secretion of Bile and the Role of Bile Acids In Digestion". www.vivo.colostate.edu. Retrieved Mar 22, 2019.
- "Do I need to take bile salts after gallbladder surgery?".
- "Identifying diarrhea caused by bile acid malabsorption". Mayo clinic. Retrieved Apr 8, 2019.
- Graf, Dirk; Häussinger, Dieter; Köhrer, Karl; Deenen, René; Wolf, Stephanie; Ehlting, Christian; Bode, Johannes G.; Schupp, Anna-Kathrin; Wammers, Marianne (Jan 10, 2018). "Reprogramming of pro-inflammatory human macrophages to an anti-inflammatory phenotype by bile acids". Scientific Reports. 8 (1): 255. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18305-x. ISSN 2045-2322.
- Kristal, Batya; Shasha, Shaul M.; Chezar, Judith; Shapiro, Galina; Levy, Rivka; Farah, Raymond; Shurtz-Swirski, Revital; Sela, Shifra (Apr 1, 2002). "A link between polymorphonuclear leukocyte intracellular calcium, plasma insulin, and essential hypertension". American Journal of Hypertension. 15 (4): 291–295. doi:10.1016/S0895-7061(01)02328-7. ISSN 0895-7061.