Symptoms, conditions and causes

When do I avoid taking bile salts?

Most people need bile salts. Usually, they’re not producing enough. 

What are bile salts? Bile salts are made by the liver and are stored in the gallbladder. When the gallbladder stores the bile salts, it concentrates them. Bile is a super-concentrated mixture to help break down fats so you can extract fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids from your food.

We make about a quart of bile every day, and 90% of the bile is recycled. There are many benefits of bile. It is also necessary to help a person detoxify chemicals. You can take purified bile salts to help digest fats and prevent gallstones. 

When not to take bile salts:

1. If you have diarrhea 

2. If you have a hyperthyroid condition

3. If you have bile malabsorption 

What to do if you’re body is making too much bile, or you have too much bile:

• Lower the amount of fats in your diet to about 60g per day (not any lower)

Last updated: Aug 28, 2023 14:01 PM