It regulates the composition of blood, including
the amounts of glucose (sugar), protein, and fat that enter the
It removes bilirubin and other toxins from the blood.
Bilirubin is a by-product of the breakdown of red blood cells.
processes most of the nutrients absorbed by the intestines during digestion and
converts those nutrients into forms that can be used by the body. The liver
also stores some nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and other
It makes cholesterol, vitamin A, substances that help
blood clot, and certain proteins.
The picture shows the organs of the digestive system, including the liver.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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