Ursodeoxycholic acid

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Ursodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid with cytoprotective properties, produced by microbial fermentation within the intestine.

This chemical reduces mucin concentration and the formation of cholesterol crystals in the gallbladder bile[1] and has cytoprotective effects are comparable to other agents such as S-adenosylmethionine, N-acetylcysteine, silymarin and vitamin E[2].

The use of oral supplementation of this product help stimulate hepatic function and repair following liver disease.

Ursodeoxycholic acid is recommended for use in:


  1. Jüngst C et al (2008) Ursodeoxycholic acid reduces lipid peroxidation and mucin secretagogue activity in gallbladder bile of patients with cholesterol gallstones. Eur J Clin Invest 38(9):634-639
  2. Webster CR & Cooper J (2009) Therapeutic use of cytoprotective agents in canine and feline hepatobiliary disease. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 39(3):631-652