The largest gland in the body is the
liver. It is on the right side of the body underneath the
It weighs about three pounds and is eight inches long. The
liver stores a form of glucose called glycogen. Vitamin A is
manufactured in the liver. Bile
which is needed to breakdown fat, is made in the liver. This
organ is also where alcohol, drugs, bacteria and old blood
cells are broken down and removed from the body. Damage to
the liver can be serious because this organ is extremely
necessary to life.
The gallbladder is a small sac on the
underside of the right lobe of the liver. It stores
that is made by the liver. Bile
travels from the liver through the
hepatic ducts to the gallbladder.
It holds about two ounces of bile. Bile is needed to
breakdown the fat that is in food.