Bile acids are part of the thick liquid called bile that helps the
body to digest fats. Bile is produced by the liver, stored in the gallbladder,
and released into the small intestine where food is digested.
Normally, most of the bile acids used in digestion collect in the
last part of the small intestine (ileum) and are returned to the gallbladder
and used again. A small amount is lost in the stool and must be replaced by the
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology