One of the key processes of the liver is the production and excretion of bile, a substance that helps break down fats for digestion. (Bile, itself, does not digest fat; it breaks fats into tiny droplets, giving the enzymes that do digest fats more surface area upon which to work, which makes them more effective and efficient.) The liver produces bile, but bile is primarily stored in the small, pear-shaped organ known as the gallbladder. Besides being a storage tank for bile, the gallbladder also helps to maintain healthy bile flow: the presence of dietary fat stimulates the gallbladder to release bile at the appropriate time and in the appropriate amount. Individuals who have had their gallbladder removed still produce bile, but its secretion may not always be well- matched to the timing and amount of fat in their meals.
Certain nutrients are known to help keep bile flowing smoothly and efficiently. This is important because stagnation of bile may result in problems with digesting fats and, over the long term, may potentially result in compromised gallbladder function. The blend of ingredients in this formula includes the amino acids taurine and methionine, beta-carotene, ox bile and inositol, which promote bile flow and aid the liver in its elimination of fatty substances.
Other active ingredients include vitamins B6 and B12, and an herbal mixture consisting of milk thistle, artichoke and powdered beetroot, all of which support the liver’s detoxification process and promote bile flow. Milk thistle is a well-researched herb shown to foster regeneration of liver cells and aid in the flow of bile to promote healthy gallbladder function. Artichoke strengthens the bile ducts and the gut. Beetroot is an excellent source of betaine, which supports optimal digestion of essential fats and fat- soluble vitamins. (Beet kvass, a traditional Eastern European beverage made from beets, has long been used as a digestive tonic for this reason.)
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