The liver plays quite the role in maintaining our optimal health. It is the go-to organ for filtering dangerous toxins out our transport system (blood) and eliminating them from our bodies. It is also involved in other functions such as digestion and energy storage. If it’s not working properly, toxic buildup alone will create a host of issues which will ultimately affect other organs, tissues and our overall health. In recent years scientists have been studying supplemental TUDCA, acronym for tauroursodeoxycholic acid, as a potential therapy for liver disease and other ailments.
What is TUDCA?
TUDCA is a natural digestive fluid made in the liver. Black bears produce huge quantities of it. Humans not so much. We also make a more diluted version called ursodeoxycholic acid TUDCA is a conjugate of taurine and ursodeoxycholic acid. The organosulfonic amino acid taurine combines and exchanges molecules with deoxycholate salt. Think of TUDCA as UDCA with a T
For centuries China and other Asian countries have collected bile or TUDCA from bears for traditional medicine. Turkey has used it to treat cholesterol gallstones. Today countries like the United States, Italy and China are considering its efficacy in liver diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, weight loss and other pathologies