Aging Process – Bile Acid May Slow Aging

Erin Benjamin 

Bile is a digestive juice that helps to break down the fat in food in your stomach. It is produced by the liver, and is an important component of the detoxification and digestive process. However, new studies indicate that bile acid may also play a role in slowing down the aging process. Also known as lithocholic acid, or LCA, this type of bile acid may be linked to the longevity of cells within the body, according to research studies that were recently published in the health journal “Aging.” This is directly related to the exposure of the acid to yeast, which may improve health.

Aging ProcessThis study was undertaken based on prior research that showed a link between bile acid and an improvement of liver and pancreas health in mice. To determine how bile acid may impact the aging process, over 19,000 molecules were analyzed. When allowed to interact with free-living yeast, the bile acids improved the yeast’s longevity. This was seen to be the case regardless of the subject’s caloric intake, which shows that there may be compounds within the LCA that have no relation to what the body is actually taking on. During caloric restriction, however, the life-extending process continued just as without it.

While further studies are certainly needed to see just what this can mean as a way to fight the aging process, there are now scientists who believe that the results are quite promising. The lead author of this study, Alexander Titorenko, believes that bile acids may have grand potential for the treatment of an array of different disorders related to the aging process. These include obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders. By concentrating the compounds in bile acid that have an effect on cell longevity, it may be possible to formulate new pharmaceutical solutions for a longer term.

Another compound that has been shown in recent studies to have a significant impact on the aging process is resveratrol. This is a powerful antioxidant, found naturally in red grapes, which helps slow down the signs and symptoms of aging. It can be isolated and found in an array of natural supplements, or can be found naturally through grape juice, red wine, and other byproducts that are produced with the grape skins that contain it. Researchers are also in the process of uncovering more information about resveratrol.

With a combination of antioxidants and new compounds such as bile acid used in today’s supplements, it’s possible to fight the aging process better than ever before. It seems like daily there is news about a new breakthrough in this fight against aging and its related disorders. At the moment, antioxidants remain the most promising element, because they not only occur naturally in a variety of food sources, but can be broken down into supplemental form for those who are on the go. Time will tell what the results of this study into the effects of bile acid on aging are as well.