|Helping you digest your food when you just can't do it alone ...||
|Ox bile is an extract of exactly what its name implies, the bile of an ox. Because it is made from the bile of an animal, it contains many of the digestive enzymes and nutrients that we need to help us properly digest our food. It can be used to supplement fat digestion and in the treatment of nausea, upset stomach and diarrhea.
What is bile?
|Because bile contains substances that promote the proper breakdown of fat, it is essential to our proper metabolism of fatty foods such as dairy products, oils, and meat. In addition to its digestive function, bile contains body salts, minerals and often cholesterol.
What does it do?
When released into the small intestine, or when taken as a supplement, bile mixes into the food in our digestive tract and helps to act on any fat there, much like a detergent. This means that it takes big fat globules and makes them into tiny balls that lipase (the fat digesting enzyme) can easily work on. Some people, who have had their gallbladder removed, use ox bile to supplement their bile production with meals since they no longer have a storage place for their own bile. With improved digestion of fats, the ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K improves as well.
How can I get ox bile?
Ox bile can be found in a number of different digestive aid supplements. It is often found in combination with digestive enzymes such as lipase, protease, and amylase. There is no recommended dosage associated with ox bile, so it is best to follow the label recommendations of each individual product.