Tauroursodeoxycholic acid, more commonly referred to as TUDCA, is a bile acid that is found in trace amounts in the human body. Bile acids are compounds released from the gallbladder that help digest fats.
The liver is the body's natural filter, everything you ingest passes through your liver and it filters toxins to protect your body. As resilient as the liver is, it isn't invincible. Without proper care liver damage and diseases like cholestasis, non-fatty liver diseases or cirrhosis can occur.
How do liver damage and diseases occur?
Bile acids or on a more technical level steroid carboxylic acids derived from cholesterol are produced in the liver, stored in the gallbladder and ultimately released into the intestine. They serve a critical role in the digestion of fats, removal of toxins and serve as metabolic signals, relating to liver function and insulin sensitivity. Bile Acids are produced as both water-soluble and fat-soluble forms. When the liver produces bile acids at higher concentrations and back up occurs in the liver, it can become toxic and damaging to cells, ultimately leading to cell death. Steroids, alcohol abuse, poor diet, the use of over the counter (OTC) drugs, even herbal supplements can elevate concentrations of bile acid and promote these issues.
How do you protect yourself?
Premium TUDCA from Olympus Labs is the best option for optimal liver health! TUDCA (or Tauroursodeoxycholic acid) is a water-soluble bile acid that can counteract the toxicity of regular bile acids and thus indirectly protect cells from death. TUDCA attacks these issues two-fold, firstly TUDCA improves the ratio of water-soluble to fat-soluble acids which protects cells from damage. Secondly, TUDCA can directly reduce stress to liver cells Endoplasmic Reticulum, this mechanism is implicated to many of its beneficial protective effects. The human body produces trace amounts of TUDCA naturally in the intestines through gut bacteria metabolism, however supplementation is required to adequately protect your liver.
TUDCA has been extensively studied in humans and the results are too good to be true! The reason why we say the science on TUDCA is too good to be true is that it can do what no other liver supplements can do. It undoubtedly provides outstanding support to ensure healthy liver function when being tested from exogenous assault! Clinically, TUDCA/UDCA has been used as a treatment for liver diseases like cholestasis (restricted bile flow from a build-up of bile acid) and Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver tissue). Testing has validated TUDCA as a potent and effective treatment for those liver diseases and alcohol-induced damage, even at lower doses. It also has the ability to promote healthy levels of liver enzymes, which are proteins that accelerate vital chemical reactions in the liver. Liver enzymes are one of the primary indicators medical professionals test used to assess liver health. Oh, it gets better... TUDCA has been found to support gut health by restoring the right microbiome in your intestines and promoting an anti-inflammatory environment. It has even been used as a treatment for specific forms of gallstones. That's not all, there's even data demonstrating TUDCA has a positive impact on Diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Stroke and Huntington's Disease in mice.
TUDCA Directions: One study compared TUDCA supplementation at doses of 250mg, 500mg and 1000mg and found that markers of liver health were vastly improved with the 250mg dose and only slightly better at either the 500mg or 1000mg. That means there's little benefit in bolus doses of TUDCA so you reap the benefits at a cost-effective dosage. Each bottle of Olympus Labs premium TUDCA has 60 capsules containing 250mg of active TUDCA, a total of 15g! It is recommended to take 1-2 capsules per day. Do not exceed six capsules per day.