Bile, the liver, and pancreas: What are they and what do they do?

Professor Hallux investigates!

One of the most important functions of the liver is to clean the blood.

The liver has a lot of jobs to do and it’s able to do all these because of the way it’s constructed and how it works with other parts of the body.

Job one is cleaning harmful chemicals out of the blood.

Cleaning blood is a bit more complicated than cleaning your bedroom…

Poisonous and harmful chemicals have to be changed into substances which aren’t harmful and then carried away as waste.

Job two. The liver works with an organ called the Pancreas to create bile – an important substance that enables the body to break down fat.

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Bile or gall is a dark green to yellowish brown fluid that aids digestion and lives in the small intestine.

Job three. The liver produces many chemicals and proteins which help to keep the body healthy!

One of these is the substance which enables blood to clot. That’s handy if you have any cuts…

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