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Why does the liver secrete bile?

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Mahima Chaudhary

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Always there for you @ Credihealth 02 April 2018 at 16:59

Bile is an alkaline substance produced by the liver which is stored in the gall bladder. It is then secreted into the small intestine, where it emulsifies fats. This is really important because it provides a larger surface area in which the lipases can work. Bile also acts like detergent. It emulsifies or breaks down body fat into tiny fat globules called micelles. It helps to digest fats and fatty oils. Bile mixes with the fat to create an emulsion which further allows water to mix with the fat. The digestive juices are water-based. This means that the digestive juices will mix with the fatty emulsion and will be digested. If liver stops bile secretion it can cause consequences. Bile helps in absorbing fats from guts. It also helps in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.