Liver Facts



  • The liver is a large organ situated to the right of the stomach.
  • The liver is your body’s chemical processing center.
  • The liver is your body’s biggest internal organ, and the word hepatic means ‘to do with the liver.
  • The liver’s prime task is handling all the Gall bladders nutrients and substances digested from the food you eat and sending them out to your body cells when they are needed.
  • The liver turns carbohydrates into glucose, the main energy-giving chemical for body cells.
  • The liver keeps the levels of glucose in the blood steady. It does this by releasing more when levels drop, and by storing it as glycogen, a type of starch, when levels rise.
  • The liver packs off excess food energy to be stored as fat around the body.
  • The liver filters harmful substances such as alcohol and food additives to keep the body safe.
  • The liver breaks down proteins and stores vitamins and minerals.
  • The liver produces bile, the yellowish or greenish bitter liquid that helps dissolve fat as food is digested in the intestines.
  • The liver clears the blood of old red cells and harmful substances such as alcohol, and makes new plasma (see blood).
  • The liver’s chemical processing units, called lobules, take in unprocessed blood from the outside and dispatch it through a collecting vein.