Location of the liver in humans- image by
The liver has many functions, including the synthesis (creation) of protein, detoxification, creating chemicals for digestion, storing glycogen, producing hormones, and decomposing red blood cells. The liver also helps to build and break down small molecules, and helps in the digestive process by producing bile which alkalizes acids. Bile also helps to emulsify fats and absorb vitamin K. The liver is believed to carry out over 500 different functions. Many diseases are associated with some form of malfunction in the liver.
The liver plays a role in the following biological functions:
Can you think of other functions of the liver? Please comment below.
The liver is capable of regenerating itself. With even as little as 1/4 of a liver, a whole one can be grown again.
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With so many important functions of the liver, can you see why it is important to maintain excellent liver health? Next week I will describe how to do this naturally.