What Does the Liver Do?
The liver plays many roles in the digestive and hepatobiliary systems, with the main ones being:
Bile is a greenish-yellow digestive fluid that converts fat into fatty acids to be absorbed by the small intestine, as well as excretes waste products from the liver.
Blood filtration and detoxification
Almost all the blood in the body, particularly those coming from the digestive tract, will pass through the liver. The liver filters the blood and breaks down toxic and harmful compounds like alcohol and certain drugs.
Other functions of the liver include: promoting blood clot formation, storing and excreting vitamins and minerals as needed, regulating hormone and cholesterol levels, processing bilirubin and glucose, metabolizing proteins and carbohydrates, fighting off infections and more.