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Recycle Antioxidants and Bile for Health and Longevity

Jun 30, 2023 09:31AM ● By Gary Kracoff, RPh
Recycling antioxidants and bile plays an important role in maintaining optimal health and preventing many diseases and imbalances.

Antioxidants are compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals.  These substances can damage cells and contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants help prevent this damage and promote healthy cell function.

Antioxidants can help protect cells from damage by donating electrons to free radicals. This neutralizes the free radicals and prevents them from damaging our cells and other molecules.  Antioxidants can also help to repair damage that has already been done by free radicals.

Bile is a vital substance produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Here are some of the functions of bile:

Fat digestion: Bile contains bile salts, which emulsify dietary fats, breaking them down into smaller droplets. This helps our enzymes break the fats so we can absorb them.

Fat absorption: Emulsified fats can be digested by lipase into fatty acids and glycerol.  Bile also helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and other fat-soluble substances.

PH regulation: Bile helps regulate the PH balance in the intestines. It contains bicarbonate ions that neutralize stomach acid, creating an optimal environment for enzymes to work effectively.

Overall, bile is essential for the proper digestion and absorption of dietary fats, the elimination of waste products and maintaining a healthy PH balance in the intestines.

Here are several steps that can be taken to support antioxidants and bile recycling:

Eat a diet rich in antioxidants: A diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains can provide the body with important antioxidants. Berries, spinach, kale, nuts and dark chocolate are high in antioxidants.

Limit intake of processed foods: Processed foods are often high in unhealthy fats and can contribute to a build-up of harmful compounds in the body. Limiting our intake of processed foods can help support the healthy function of our digestive system and promote the recycling of bile.

Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and promoting the recycling of bile. Aim to drink one-half of one’s body weight in water throughout the day.

Exercise regularly: Working out can help promote healthy digestion and bile recycling.  Exercise can also help reduce inflammation in the body and promote the production of antioxidants.

Consider supplements: If the amount of antioxidants in our diet is insufficient, consider taking a supplement. A well-formulated antioxidant formula will contain a vast assortment of antioxidants. We need some of all of them, not just a large amount of a few antioxidants. Phosphatidylcholine, Tudka and digestive bitters can all help with bile flow and utilization.

Supporting the recycling of antioxidants and bile is important for maintaining optimal health and preventing many diseases. By making simple lifestyle changes and incorporating healthy habits into our daily routine, we can help support recycling of antioxidants and bile and promote healthy digestion, elimination and overall health.

Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, located at 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information about testing and supplementation, call 781-893-3870 ext. 111 or visit