Which processes does it affect?
The liver is a crucial element of the digestive system. It performs numerous functions, the most important of which are digestive functions, i.e. related to metabolism.2
Its proper functioning is essential to the functioning of the entire body.
It is like a biotransformer that controls the flow of foreign substances through the human body.
It takes part in the metabolism of substances absorbed into the digestive system.
It stores glycogen (a polysaccharide), which acts as an energy reserve material for the body.
It is involved in the production of proteins, including plasma proteins. This means that poor liver functioning can lead to blood clotting disorders.
It is responsible for detoxification. During this process, the liver transforms toxins into harmless substances which are then removed from the body through digestive processes.
Your liver – why is it exceptional and how does it work?
The liver is an extremely important organ of our body. It is constantly active, playing an important role in many vital processes. Everything we eat and drink is processed by the liver. The liver is both the largest solid organ as well as the largest gland in your body, and its high regeneration ability makes it absolutely unique.
How does the liver regenerate?
The liver is an exceptional organ that has the ability to auto-regenerate. In contrast to other organs which – like the skin – simply replace the damaged tissue with a scar, the liver is able to rebuild the damaged or missing tissue fragments, replacing them with new cells. This process is possible owing to the presence of stem cells in the liver, from which new liver cells (hepatocytes) can be formed.
Facts and myths about the liver
An overview of facts and myths about the liver and its functioning.
How to care for your liver
Taking care of the liver requires a holistic approach starting with diet, sleep and stress reduction. Find out how to care about your liver.
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