The liver is the metabolic centre of the body, responsible for the processing of much of the body’s metabolic waste. The liver processes this through two main mechanisms, known as phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification. Modern lifestyle choices can force the liver to work hard; and nutritional support may be beneficial for it to function optimally.
The liver is the largest gland, and the largest solid organ in the body, weighing some 1.8 kg in men and 1.3 kg in women. It holds approximately 13% (about one pint or 0.57 litres) of your total blood supply at any given time and has over 500 functions. One of the liver’s most important functions is to break down food and convert it into energy, as well as help the body to get rid of waste. Waste products which are not excreted by your kidneys are removed from the blood by the liver. Some of them pass into the duodenum and then into the bowel via the bile ducts. Your liver also plays a vital role in fighting infections, particularly infections arising in the bowel. Therefore, maintaining a healthy liver function is crucial for health.