Organs supporting the digestive system

Organs supporting digestion

There are organs outside the alimentary canal known as accessory organs which are instrumental in supporting the process of digestion including the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

The liver is the body’s largest internal organ and has many functions including the detoxification of blood and creation of proteins, specifically to digestion it creates and secretion bile which is vital for the breakdown of fats in the small intestine known as emulsification.

The gallbladder which is a small pouch that sits just under the liver and stores the bile which has been produced.

The pancreas also plays a key part in the digestion by secreting pancreatic digestive juices into the small intestine, which contain the enzymes lipase, trypsin and amylase which break down macronutrients. It also produces insulin & glucagon which maintain blood glucose levels.

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