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Tauroursodeoxycholic acid sodium, more commonly referred to as TUDCA, is a bile salt that may protect against bile acid-induced cell damage and promote healthy liver and digestive function.*
Tauroursodeoxycholic acid sodium, more commonly referred to as TUDCA, is a bile salt that is naturally found in trace amounts in the human body. TUDCA and other water-soluble bile salts like UDCA act as detergents that compete with the toxicity of bile acids and thus indirectly protect cells from damage. Additionally, some studies have shown that TUDCA is able to reduce stress in a cell’s Endoplasmic Reticulum; an organelle in cells that serves as a highway from the nucleus out into the cytoplasm, and aids in folding proteins. Through reducing ER stress, TUDCA has been implicated in a wide range of beneficial metabolic effects such as glucose metabolism and protecting neurons.