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 and has cytoprotective effects are comparable to other agents such as S-adenosylmethionine, N-acetylcysteine, silymarin and vitamin E.
The use of oral supplementation of this product help stimulate hepatic function and repair following liver disease.
Ursodeoxycholic acid is recommended for use in:
- 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
- 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