The liver is the biggest organ in the body. It is in the upper part of the tummy (abdomen) on the right-hand side, under the lower ribs. It is surrounded by a strong fibrous capsule. It is divided into two lobes.
- stores sugars and fats, so they can be used for energy
- makes different proteins that help the blood to clot, which prevents bleeding and maintains fluid balance in the body
- makes bile, which helps breaks down fats so they can be absorbed by the body
- breaks down harmful substances, so they cannot harm other parts of the body.
The liver is good at repairing itself. It can work well even when only a small part of it is working normally.