It is a one and a half kg organ is present behind the rib cage on the upper right hand side. It is important to help the body process nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from food. Helps to get rid of toxins and microbes and helps the blood clot. The liver plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s metabolic balance as well. Since the liver performs a variety of important functions it is extremely vulnerable to a variety of metabolic, toxic, microbial, circulatory and cancerous insults. Awareness of the liver’s functions and what all can cause liver disease can help you take the road to great health.