Liver & Gallbladder Training Model

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Model Number: NH-77812

Brand: Niche Healthcare

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Description

Categories         Anatomical Model

Subject               Medical Science

Material              Eco-friendly PVC

Application       School/Hospital/Laboratory

 

The liver and gallbladder play crucial roles in the digestive system, primarily related to the production, storage, and release of bile, which is essential for the digestion and absorption of fats. Here are the specific roles of each organ:

Liver

Bile Production:

  • The liver produces bile, a yellow-green fluid that aids in the digestion and absorption of fats in the small intestine. Bile contains bile salts, cholesterol, bilirubin, and other substances.

Metabolism:

  • The liver metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It converts excess glucose into glycogen for storage and breaks down glycogen back into glucose when needed for energy. It also processes amino acids and synthesizes various proteins, including albumin and clotting factors.

Detoxification:

  • The liver detoxifies harmful substances, including drugs, alcohol, and metabolic waste products. It converts these substances into less harmful compounds that can be excreted by the kidneys or intestines.

Storage:

  • The liver stores vitamins (A, D, E, K, and B12) and minerals (iron and copper) for future use.

Immune Function:

  • The liver contains Kupffer cells, a type of macrophage that helps filter bacteria, worn-out blood cells, and other debris from the blood.

Gallbladder

Bile Storage:

  • The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile produced by the liver. It holds bile until it is needed for digestion.

Bile Release:

  • When food, especially fatty food, enters the small intestine, the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) is released, signalling the gallbladder to contract and release stored bile into the small intestine through the bile ducts.

Bile in Digestion

Emulsification of Fats:

  • Bile salts in bile emulsify large fat globules into smaller droplets, increasing the surface area for digestive enzymes (lipases) to act on. This process is essential for the efficient digestion and absorption of dietary fats.

Absorption of Fat-Soluble Vitamins:

  • Bile aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) by forming micelles, which are tiny complexes that can be absorbed by the intestinal lining.

Summary

The liver produces bile, metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies harmful substances, stores essential nutrients, and plays a role in immune function. The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, releasing it into the small intestine to aid in the digestion and absorption of fats. Together, the liver and gallbladder are essential for processing and utilizing dietary fats and ensuring the body can absorb necessary nutrients efficiently.

 

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