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China promotes bear bile as coronavirus treatment, alarming wildlife advocates : worldnews

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It’s an interesting read, actually.

It contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid, also known as ursodiol, which is clinically proven to help dissolve gallstones and treat liver disease.

However…

Ursodeoxycholic acid has been available as a synthetic drug worldwide for decades.

So there’s no need to torture bears.

But there’s no evidence it helps against covid19 specifically..

Clifford Steer, a professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, has studied the medical benefits of ursodeoxycholic acid. He knows of no evidence that bear bile is an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus.

However it may help..

But, he says, ursodeoxycholic acid is distinct from other bile acids in its ability to keep cells alive and may alleviate symptoms of COVID-19 because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to calm the immune response.

In any case, it’s made synthetically, so leave the bears alone. China needs to stop calling it “bear bile”, call it “ursodeoxycholic acid” instead.

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