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Bile Supplements
Nutrients A-F
Written by Maff     November 11, 2010    
As a result of IBS and contributing gut issues including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and fungal overgrowth, I have suffered for many years from poor bile flow and poor digestion and absorption of fats. A classic indicator being an 'oil slick' on the toilet water after bowel movements. This has also been confirmed by a number of stool analyses however.

In an effort to help the situation I have tried various dietary changes and supplements and have given bile acid formulas a good go on more than one occasion. I notice a modest improvement in fat digestion and absorption but signs and symptoms still persist. Many people report finding bile supplements very helpful but in my case I derive much greater benefit from herbs that stimulate bile production by the liver (choleretics) and its secretion from the gallbladder(cholagogues). These herbs include dandelion, artichoke, Chinese bitters and Tribulus terrestris. For me these herbs improve fat metabolism, reduce abdominal discomfort and produce a healthier coloured stool. Also, these herbs are generally cheaper than bile supplements.
Overall rating 
 
7.8
Perceived Effectiveness  
 
7.0
Lack of side effects (tolerability)  
 
10.0
Ease of use  
 
10.0
Value for money  
 
5.0
Would you recommend? 
 
7.0
Maff Reviewed by Maff November 11, 2010
Last updated: November 11, 2010
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Helpful but there are more effective options

As a result of IBS and contributing gut issues including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and fungal overgrowth, I have suffered for many years from poor bile flow and poor digestion and absorption of fats. A classic indicator being an 'oil slick' on the toilet water after bowel movements. This has also been confirmed by a number of stool analyses however.

In an effort to help the situation I have tried various dietary changes and supplements and have given bile acid formulas a good go on more than one occasion. I notice a modest improvement in fat digestion and absorption but signs and symptoms still persist. Many people report finding bile supplements very helpful but in my case I derive much greater benefit from herbs that stimulate bile production by the liver (choleretics) and its secretion from the gallbladder(cholagogues). These herbs include dandelion, artichoke, Chinese bitters and Tribulus terrestris. For me these herbs improve fat metabolism, reduce abdominal discomfort and produce a healthier coloured stool. Also, these herbs are generally cheaper than bile supplements.

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Written by Wyandotte
April 30, 2012
A very interesting review, Maff. I myself am looking for something and will keep your experience in mind.
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