Friday, January 21, 2022

Functions of liver in digestive system

The liver is an organ only found in vertebrates which detoxifies various metabolites, synthesizes proteins, and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion and growth.

In general, main functions of the liver in digestive system include:
*Bile production and excretion
*Synthesis of plasma proteins
*Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
*Storage of glycogen, vitamins, and minerals

Liver main job within the digestive system is to process the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine.

Liver is important in carbohydrate metabolism where hepatic cells conduct glycogenesis (converting glucose into glycogen) , and glycogenolysis (breaking glycogen down to glucose).

The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and it is continuously producing bile. Bile from the liver secreted into the small intestine plays an important role in digesting fat and some vitamins.

Bile flows out of the liver into the right and left hepatic ducts, into the common hepatic ducts, and toward the small intestine to help with digestion and the absorption of fats.
Functions of liver in digestive system

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