The human liver is the body’s second largest organ after the human skin.
The liver normally weighs about 3 pounds and is built-up by a complex chemical factory which produces many important substances (bile, digestive enzymes, clotting factors, cholesterol, proteins and more).
It’s also essential for the metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and other various vitamins and minerals.
The liver helps to adjust the level of blood, sugar and fats, cleanses the blood, detoxifies drugs, and protects against potentially harmful chemicals such as alcohol.
It is also the main repository for blood, vitamins and minerals, and glycogen (the stored form of sugar – the body’s major fuel). The human liver is a powerful and complicated machine and largely unappreciated – until something goes wrong.
What’s the Liver Position in Human Body?
The liver positioned under your right rib cage, close to all the organs related to the digestive system of your body:
As you can clearly notice from the picture, the liver position in human body is very central. The main reason is it supports so many other organs in our body.
Many don’t know this fact, but the liver is capable regenerating its lost tissues. It requires a minimum of 25% of a healthy liver to restore its full functions.
However, this is not a “true regeneration”. The liver isn’t restored to its original size and form. It only restores its full function.
All mammals can reregenerate their liver, not only humans. Surprisingly, fish are the only ones who have a “true regeneration” that restores their original liver form.
Due to its central position in our body, it’s also vulnerable to many diseases, including various infractions.
Some of the common liver diseases known are:
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver.
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Liver Cancer