Functions of the liver number in the hundreds.
Although estimates vary from 300 to over 500 functions, the point is that the liver is responsible for and involved in more body functions than any other organ.
That's why liver malfunction can be a cause for mystery ailments that are hard to pin down without doing a bit of detective work.
Here's a partial list of liver functions to give you an idea how important this organ is to overall health.
1. Creates protein from amino acids. It's not actually protein you need to eat as long as you eat foods that contain the amino acids necessary for the body to create protein. The protein in food is broken down into amino acids that the liver can then use to make the type of protein needed by the body.
2. Metabolizes carbohydrates.
3. Stores carbs in the form of sugar called glycogen. This sugar is used when the body needs fuel for sudden energy or when blood sugar goes too low. The liver has a critical role in controlling blood sugar levels.
4. Metabolizes and stores fat that can be released when needed.
5. Can create glucose from lactic acid.
6. Cleans waste and toxins out of the blood.
7. Converts ammonia into less toxic urea, which is excreted. Ammonia is created from amino acid conversion not protein.
8. Excretes bilirubin, a waste product form the breakdown of red blood cells and recycles the usable material from the breakdown of these cells.
9. Detoxifies drugs, alcohol, chemicals and other toxins that enter the body.
10. Destroys poisons and metabolizes alcohol.
11. Plays important role in hormone regulation.
12. More regeneration capability than any other part of the body - can regenerate from being physically destroyed fun to 80% and recover full function.
13. Produces bile for digesting fats/oils - bile is then stored in the gall bladder for use when needed.
14. Helps maintain immune system and removes bacteria from the bloodstream.
15. Converts your supplemts into forms usable by the body and also stores some vitamins and minerals.
16. Synthesizes cholesterol from fatty acids and removes excess when needed.
Cholesterol is always there - it's when the liver begins producing too much, that arteries clog up.
When problems in the circulatory system take place, cholesterol production by the liver increases, which is what doctors are referring to when they speak of cholesterol.
When the liver becomes clogged with waste or the liver is compromised due to unhealthy habits, some of the functions may be reduced, producing symptoms that seem mysterious and aren't connected to liver function.
That's just a partial list of the important functions of the liver to give you an idea how important the liver is for body health and systems regulation. It is directly in control of many functions and also assists in many other functions.
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