What is the liver?

The liver is the largest organ in the body.

What does the liver do?

  • It acts as a filter, removing toxins and waste products from our blood.
  • It stores the body's fuel, in the form of sugar, to give us energy.
  • It helps to process fats and proteins, and it makes special proteins that are needed for blood clotting.
  • The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself, meaning that it can recover from a certain amount of damage.

See also

Hepatitis C Trust: 'The Liver'

Hepatitis C Scotland


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