The Crucial Role of Bile and Bile Acids in Digestion
One of the most important functions of bile acids is to break down fats, dispersing oil and grease into tiny particles.
They also activate lipase, a fat-breaking enzyme that speeds up the decomposition and absorption of fats / oils in the body.
Consequently, if an insufficient amount of bile acid is secreted into the duodenum, that is, if we do not assist the emptying of the bile (bladder) by sufficient fat, digestion will be imperfect, affecting not only the digestion of fats but also proteins and carbohydrates, since the digestive fluids from the pancreas are mixed to the food.
When eating fatty and oily foods, chewing triggers a reflex that causes the bile produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder to be released into the horseshoe intestine, helping to start digesting fatty and oily foods as soon as possible.
Insufficient fat digestion due to inadequate bile supply and inadequate digestion of food results in bloating / fatigue after meals, which may subsequently cause abdominal pain. These negative effects can also be prevented by chewing food thoroughly, so it is worth avoiding a quick meals and bolting down food. Promoting digestive supplementation with bile acids is very important in patients with gallstones and those who have undergone gallbladder surgery, but it is also recommended for those who experience any of the above symptoms after a large meal.