The Liver and its Functions

Located in the right upper abdomen, just underneath the ribcage, the liver is responsible for cleaning the blood. The liver produces bile that aids in the digestion of fats. It also helps maintain the right level of blood sugar in the body.

Liver cells are organized into units called lobules, each with their own blood supply. One of the liver’s many jobs is to process and purify the blood, removing alcohol and any toxins, including byproducts of medication.

With the help of vitamin K, the liver produces proteins that help the blood to clot. In addition, this organ works to break down old or damaged blood cells.