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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I really want to say everything, but that would not be correct. After going through the transplant evaluation process for my husband, I was amazed at what I learned.

The liver removes toxic substances from the blood, regulates glycogen storage and secretes bile which is an enzyme used in digestion. The liver is able to remove ammonia from the blood which is a waste product from protein digestion as well as many other amazing processes. The liver regulates blood platelet production. The liver is also part of the thermostat of the body as many persons who are dealing with liver failure complain of being cold all of the time.

The liver affects the processes of many other organs. If the liver is failing, then the kidneys will also begin to fail. In fact there is no way to replicate the processes the liver does, so if a person is in liver failure, the only possible help for that person is a liver transplant. There is no "liver machine" as there is a kidney machine. The liver can rejuvenate and restore itself. It is the only organ that can do this. However, once beyond a particular stage in liver disease, the liver can no longer heal itself. This is called decompensated cirrhoses. Liver disease can be caused by heredity (hemochromatosis), toxin exposure, acetomeniphen (tylenol) overdose, alcoholism, hepatitis and a variety of other factors.

The liver is one organ which weighs about 2-3 lbs. It consists of 2 lobes and lies just under the diaphragm under the lungs.  Directly behind the liver is the gallbladder which takes up unused bile.

ebaker13 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The liver has many functions.  It stabilizes blood glucose levles by breaking down glycogen and releasing glucose into the bloodstream.  It regulates lipid levels (triglycerides, fatty acids and cholesterol) by breaking down lipids and releasing into bloodstream.  It removes extra amino acids from bloodstream and makes proteins or lipids or glucose for storage.  It removes ammonia and then changes it to urea.  Other toxins are removed as well.  Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver.  The liver stores minerals.  The liver removes and breaks down drugs.  It engulfs old and damaged red blood cells and pathogens from the bloodstream.  It makes and releases plasma proteins.  It absorpts and recylces many hormones including: adrenaline, noradrenaline, insulin, and thyroid hormones.  It removes antibodies.  It removes toxins and stores them in lipids or excretes them in bile.  Finally it makes and secretes bile (which digests fats). 

zarinateacher | Student

The liver is the largest organ in the human body with many functions:  elimination of toxic substances from the blood; regulation of protein metabolism; regulation of carbohydrate metabolism; storage of glycogen and vitamins A,D and B complex vitamins; and, synthesis of most blood components.

Liver toxicity may be caused by various drugs, alcohol, diseases or a combination of two or more.  Excessive amounts of acetaminophen cause liver damage and the FDA has now recommended lower dosages for the general public.  Eating healthy along with excercise will keep a liver healthy.

sid-sarfraz | Student

Liver produces bile, a green solution that has two functions:-

  • It neutralizes stomach acid so that the enzymes in the small intestine can work properly. Only pepsin likes acid conditions
  • It acts on fats, breaking them up into small droplets. This is called emulsification. Emulsifying fats makes it easier for lipase enzymes to work as they have a large surface area to work on.

Food does not pass through the pancreas, liver and gall bladder. They are organs that secrete enzymes and bile to help digestion.

A liver is the most active part of the body as it performs 500 vital functions. Some of the are as following:-

  1. It protects us or provides immunity against infections.
  2. Most proteins needed by our body, are produced by liver.
  3. Cleans and purifies blood
  4. Regulates blood clotting
  5. Excretion and production of bile
  6. Manufacture vitamins, fats and proteins and even store them
  7. Keeps skin healthy
  8. Important in digestion
  9. Decompose red blood cells
  10. Conversion of excess sugar into starch that is used in times of starvation
  11. Maintains our blood pressure and body temperature
  12. Increases glucose uptake
  13. All the major systems of the body like circulatory, digestion system, immunity system etc depends on liver
  14. Maintains cholesterol level
  15. Converts ammonia into urea

Liver the main part of body. It is the only organ that can regrow to its original size if part of is cut and separated because of tumor. Without liver no human body can survive.

taangerine | Student

The liver plays many important factors in our daily lives. The liver helps digest food and filter out waste from our system. Furthermore, the liver also helps regulate our glucose levels, body temperature, blood pressure, and hormones. 

atyourservice | Student

The liver produces bile which is used during the digestive, it produces protein and stores glucose. It also processes many different types of foods and releases them as glucose when the body is running low. It also helps the body get rid of alcohol in the bloodstream

The liver mainly purifies your blood, getting rid of all the toxins or harmful substances. It also performs many essential functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity, and the storage of nutrients within the body.

zumba96 | Student

The liver is a very important factor of our body. It has many factors such as cleaning your blood, it stores energy within your body in a form of sugar called glycogen, and it produces an important digestive liquid known as bile. The liver separates the good from the bad essentially. 

laurto | Student

The liver's main functions is to process nutrients from food, make bile, remove toxins from the body and build proteins. T

Yojana_Thapa | Student

Liver's three main functions:

  1. It cleans your blood.
  2. It produces an important digestive liquid called bile.
  3. It stores energy in the form of a sugar called glycogen.
krishna-agrawala | Student

I liver is the largest gland in human body. But I am not sure if it is also the largest organ. It is a reddish brown mass weighing about one and half kilograms. It lies on right side of the body below diaphragm and above stomach. It produces many different chemicals required by the body and also stores food. main functions of liver include the following.

  • Help the body digest food by producing bile, an essential digestive fluid.
  • Filter out and store excessive food from the blood and release it when needed.
  • Change digested food into some of the compounds needed by body cells.
  • Filter poison and wastes from the blood.
  • Produces and release substances that enables the body to fight diseases.
  • Produce and release substances that allows blood to clot.