Sodium cholate


In nature, cholic acid is produced in the liver from cholesterol. The liver converts cholesterol into the conjugated salts of glycocholic and taurocholic acid which are excreted into the bile. Bile is released into the intestine where the bile salts emulsify fats and promote digestion. About 90% of the bile salts are reabsorbed by the intestine and pass back to the liver by a process referred to as enterohepatic circulation.

NZP manufactures sodium cholate by a process which includes high temperature alkaline hydrolysis of bovine bile (also known as "cattle bile" or "ox bile") which is a by-product of the meat processing industry.

Use of Chemical

Sodium cholate is used as an antibiotic and as an ingredient used for drug delivery.
It is used in the preparation and formulation of certain microbiolical diagnostic media.


  • CAS Number: 206986-87-0
  • Molecular Weight: 430.55 (anhydrous)
  • Solubility: Soluble in water.
  • Packaging: Sodium cholate acid is sealed in a polyethylene liner and packed in 20 kg fibre drums. Customer specific packaging can be provided.