What does your liver do?

BodyAlthough hepatitis C also affects other parts of the body, it is your liver that is most affected.

Your liver is an essential organ that has hundreds of jobs, including:

  • Filtering chemicals and waste from the blood.
  • Storing vitamins, minerals and iron and converting nutrients from food into energy.
  • Helping to balance levels of sugar and hormones.
  • Producing cholesterol.
  • Making bile (necessary for digestion), and creating the hormone that helps to produce platelets (to stop bleeding).

Last updated: 17 August 2017.