A properly functioning liver is vital to our health. The number of liver diseases has been growing steadily over the years. According to the National Statistics in the UK, liver disease is considered the fifth most common cause of death.
Liver diseases are recognized as the second most important cause of death among all digestive diseases in the USA.
The main functions of the liver are:
- Purifies the blood through the metabolism of alcohol, drugs (prescription and recreational); and neutralizing poisonous substances.
- It produces basic proteins, including those that prevent blood clotting and open up ways to deliver nutrients to blood and proteins that protect against infection.
- Produces cholesterol; converting it into essential substances used by the body.
- Regulates energy supply by producing, storing and delivering glucose to the body and brain.
- Regulates the balance of hormones, including adrenal and thyroid glands.
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