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Question:

I have hepatic problems

Why the liver is so important to my health?

Ulrike

Answer:

Dear Ulrike,

The liver is the key body organ involved in maintaining proper sugar, fatty acid, and amino acid concentrations in the blood, and the hepatic portal system ensures that these substances pass through the liver before entering the systemic circulation.

As blood percolates through the liver sinusoids, some of the nutrients are removed to be stored or processed in various ways for release to the general circulation.

At the same time the hepatocytes are detoxifying alcohol and other possible harmful chemicals present in the blood, and the liver's macrophages are removing bacteria and other debris from the passing blood.

The liver in turn is drained by the hepatic veins that enter the inferior vena cava.

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