What are the important functions of the liver?


What are the important functions of liver?

1. During embryonic development R.B.Cs are formed in the liver.

2. Liver stores Vitamin A, B and C.


3. It stores the iron from the destroyed R.B.C.

4. It produces heparin for preventing coagulation of blood in the body. OR

5. Fibrinogen, blood protein is produced for blood clotting.

6. l/5th of total volume of blood of the body is stored in the liver.


7. Liver plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. It stores gly­cogen and releases it as glucose into blood at times of need, like fasting.

8. It deals with fat metabolism, converting extra carbohydrates into fat.

9. Bile helps in saponification of fat.

10. It is the graveyard for old, worn out R.B.Cs. Bile pigments are formed from haemoglobin.


11. Liver brings about deamination of proteins. The unwanted amino ac­ids are converted into urea, thus toxic substances are rendered harmless and are sent into blood to be expelled through the kidneys.

12. Liver excretes toxic substances.

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