How does the Liver work?

The Liver is the biggest gland in the human’s body. It is about 2,5% of body weight, an average of 1.5 kg in men and 1.2 kg in women.

In general, the liver performs more than 500 different functions, participating in the regulation glucose (sugar) in the blood, accumulating nutrients – vitamins, iron, glycogen, producing bile to help break down fats.

But the main function of the liver is the barrier – cleansing. This is a powerful filter, neutralizing toxins which produced by metabolic reactions that converts toxic compounds, which removes and destroys the bacteria. It takes the blow in case of poisoning, drug overdoses and poor nutrition. The Liver rarely makes itself felt in the beginning of the disease. Usually, when there are symptoms, it has been already seriously ill.

Removal of this organ inevitably leads to death within 1-5 days. However, the liver has huge domestic reserves. It has the amazing ability to recover from injury, so the man can survive even after the removal of 70% of the liver tissue.

The liver produces a large number of liver enzymes entering directly into the blood. When liver is damaged some liver enzymes in the blood serum are decreased, while others – increased.