A large red organ thoughtfully provided by nature to be bilious with. The sentiments and emotions which every literary anatomist now knows to haunt the heart were anciently believed to infest the liver; and even Gascoygne, speaking of the emotional side of human nature, calls it "our hepaticall parte." It was at one time considered the seat of life; hence its name -- liver, the thing we live with. The liver is heaven's best gift to the goose; without it that bird would be unable to supply us with the Strasbourg _pate_.
Category: human organ The liver is an indispensable organ. It is one of the body's major waste filtering organs. It performs at least a dozen important functions. The following are the liver's essential functions as per the American Liver Foundation: Cleanses blood of bacteria and waste products Stores certain vitamins, minerals, and sugars. Neutralizes and destroys toxin. Manufactures protein Produces bile, an essential component for proper digestion Regulates production and excretion of cholesterol Produces quick energy on demand Metabolizes alcohol Regulates fat transport Monitors and regulates the blood levels of many chemicals and drugs Maintains hormone balance Helps regulate blood clotting Boosts the immune system to help resist disease Stores iron Replaces its own damaged tissue Our modern living has placed undue stress on our liver. Alcohol, chemicals, cosmetics, even medication, needs to be taken care of by the liver. There are many diseases that attack the liver: hepatitis, cirrhosis, and cancer. Herbal cure and preventative: Milk Thistle