Has many functions but particularly in relation to digestion, it produces bile salts which are used in the small intestine for the emulsification and absorption of fats, cholesterol, phospholipids and lipoproteins.
The functions of the gallbladder are to store and concentrate bile until it is needed in the small intestine.
The pancreas has many functions but particularly in relation to digestion, it produces approx. 1200 – 1500 ml of pancreatic juice (a clear colorless liquid) daily.
The juice is slightly alkaline and creates the proper pH for the action of the digestive enzymes in the small intestine.
The pancreatic juice also contains digestive enzymes, a carbohydrate digesting enzyme and several protein digesting enzymes.