The liver is the largest solid organ in the body, weighing in at 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg). It is also the largest gland in the body, comprised of both the secretory and endocrine portions of the liver. It carries out a variety of critical body functions. The twelve essential amino acids in BioActive Carbon Minerals assist in the production of proteins and in optimizing hepatic function. A healthy liver functioning at peak performance produces the bile needed to break down fats and carbohydrates.