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The functions of bile salts can be thought of as:

  • role in determining rate of bile flow
  • role in cholesterol excretion
  • fat emulsification: the detergent property of the polar bile salt molecule makes them prone to form micelles - small particles with an outer hydrophilic and an inner hydrophobic environment. The latter is ideal for sequestering lipids and lipid-breakdown products prior to absorption.

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