Liver, one of the largest and heaviest organs in the human body, possesses the incredible quality of self-healing and regeneration. Just like the skin, liver can repair itself and it is the only organ that can fully regenerate up to 75% of damaged tissue. Liver is considered as the largest gland in the body since it synthesizes and secretes bile.
It performs several important metabolic functions such as:
- Synthesizing proteins, including albumin (to help maintain the volume of blood) and blood clotting factors
- Synthesize, store, and process (metabolize) fats, including fatty acids (used for energy) and cholesterol
- Metabolize and store carbohydrates, which are used as the source for the glucose in blood that red blood cells and the brain use
- Form and secrete bile that contains bile acids to aid in the intestinal absorption of fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K.
- Eliminate, by metabolizing and/or secreting, the potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body, such as bilirubin from the breakdown of old red blood cells and ammonia from the breakdown of proteins
- Detoxify, by metabolizing and/or secreting, drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins
This vitally important and active organ requires utmost care and maintenance. We can decrease its workload by staying away from alcohol, refined sugars, harmful fats and environmental toxins such as heavy metals, smoke and pollutants.