Why Bile Is Important In Digestion



Bile is an alkaline substance produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. It is secreted into the small intestine, where it emulsifies fats. This is important, because it provides a larger surface area in which the lipases(Enzyme comes from pancreas) can work.

Low Bile Production Problems:


Fat Malabsorption

Acid Reflux






Weight gain

Heart attacks


Bile is the laxative agent ,it relief from constipation.

 Bile helps to digest:

  1. Proteins (by emulsifying the oils that are usually bound with the proteins)

  2. Fats & oils and the recycling of oil soluble vitamins like A, D, & E

Cholesterol-based steroidal hormones being recycled by the liver (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol)

Bile helps the liver From:


 Heavy metals

 Viruses & bacteria

 Chemicals and other toxins

 Bile helps to reduce body fat due to:

  1. Improved digestion & assimilation of food nutrients

  2. Reduction of toxins in the body (otherwise stored in fat cells)

  3. Reduction of fungal overgrowth (one of the prime causes of large bellies)

  4. Emulsification of fat cells (drawing fat & cholesterol back to the liver for bile production)

  5. Increasing the alkaline state in the intestines (important for proper digestion of food and the proliferation of probiotics in the gut)



The liver metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the blood that are initially processed during digestion. Hepatocytes store glucose obtained from the break down of carbohydrates in the foods we eat. Excess glucose is removed from the blood and stored as glycogen in the liver. When glucose is needed, the liver breaks down glycogen into glucose and releases the sugar into the blood

The liver metabolizes amino acids from digested proteins. In the process, toxic ammonia is produced which the liver converts to urea. Urea is transported to the blood and is passed to the kidneys where it is excreted in urine.

The liver processes fats to produce other lipids including phospholipids and cholesterol. These substances are necessary for cell membrane production, digestion, bile acid formation, and hormone production. The liver also metabolizes hemoglobin, chemicals, medications, alcohol and other drugs in the blood.

Nutrient Storage

The liver stores nutrients obtained from the blood for usage when needed. Some of these substances include glucose, iron, copper, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K (helps blood to clot), and vitamin B9 (aids in red blood cell synthesis).

Written By : Israr Choudhary



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