The liver has many functions. Some of the functions are: to produce substances that break down fats, convert glucose to glycogen, produce urea (the main substance of urine), make certain amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), filter harmful substances from the blood (such as alcohol), storage of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, K and B12) and maintain a proper level or glucose in the blood. The liver is also responsible for producing cholesterol and other chemicals required for fat transport. It produces about 80% of the cholesterol in your body.
These functions are itemized bellow:
- production of bile that is required in the digestion of food, in particular fats;
- conversion of the extra glucose in the body into stored glycogen in liver cells; and then converting it back into glucose when the need arises;
- production of blood clotting factors;
- production of amino acids (the building blocks for making proteins), including those used to help fight infection;
- the processing and storage iron necessary for red blood cell production;
- conversion of waste products of body metabolism into urea that is excreted in the urine;
- metabolization medications into their active ingredient in the body.
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