What is the liver?


The liver is an organ that performs many important functions such as:

• Removes harmful chemicals from your blood
• Fights infection
• Helps digest food
• Stores nutrients and vitamins
• Stores energy

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Picture of a liver

The body's largest organ (except for the skin), the liver performs a number of vital functions, including metabolizing food and drugs, removing toxins from the bloodstream, storing vitamins and minerals, producing proteins that help the blood to clot, and producing bile which helps digest food and nutrients.

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