Did you know?
The liver has well over 500 functions in the human body and is responsible for the filtration of all incoming foods and fluids. The body relies upon the liver to break down, separate and remove all environmental, pathologic and metabolic toxins and waste.
Many scientist believe the liver is connected to, or at least aware of, every disease or dysfunction that is happening inside the body.
Some key functions include: Metabolizes proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, thus providing energy and nutrients
Stores vitamins, minerals, and sugars
Filters the blood and helps remove harmful chemicals and bacteria
Creates bile which breaks down fats
Helps to assimilate and store fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K)
Stores extra blood that can be quickly released when needed
Creates serum proteins that maintain fluid balance and act as carriers
Helps maintain electrolyte and water balance
Creates immune substances such as gamma globulin
Breaks down and eliminates excess hormones
Vascular (blood management)
Provides blood clotting factors
Breaks down ammonia (and other toxins) created in the colon by bacteria; thus preventing death
Helps to maintain blood pressure
Constructs cholesterol and estrogen, reconstructs hormones
Humanizes nutrients, metabolizes protein, carbohydrates, fat for energy
Synthesizes urea, constructs blood protein, interconverts amino acids
Constructs 50,000 systems of enzymes to govern metabolic activity throughout the body
Removes damaged red blood cells
Converts the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) into it more active form triiodothyronine (T3). Inadequate conversion may lead to hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor memory and other debilitating conditions.
Creates GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) from chromium, niacin and possibly glutathione. GTF is needed for the hormone insulin to properly regulate blood-sugar levels. Manufactures bile salts which emulsify fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K for proper absorption. The liver also removes some fat-soluble toxins from the body.
Activates B vitamins into their biologically active coenzyme forms....