Can vitamin C prevent gallstones?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Excess body weight increases the risk of developing gallstones. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) appears to help break cholesterol down in bile. Vitamin C deficiencies have been associated with a higher risk for gallstones. One study, reported that supplements were associated with a reduced risk for gallbladder disease in women. (Vitamin C had no effect one way or the other in men.)

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