Your liver breaks down the components of foods, drinks and medications that make their way into the bloodstream from the gut. Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) from your diet are converted into energy or new cellular structures. Other chemicals, good or bad, can be detoxified by the liver as they pass through your body. Some chemicals put a lot more strain on your liver than others, and repeated exposure to the toxic substances, such as alcohol, can cause damage to the liver.
Biomarkers tested by myLeber Check
GGT (gamma-glutamyltransferase) is an enzyme important for your liver. GGT helps the liver metabolise amino acids, and detoxifies drugs. High blood GGT levels, along with ALP and ALT, can be a sign of liver damage, possibly from alcohol abuse.
ALP (alkaline phosphatase) is an enzyme found in the liver, bile and bone. Your liver uses ALP to metabolise nutrients, and bone needs ALP for growth. ALP is a biomarker for liver and bone damage, and with ALT and GGT can provide insight into liver health
ALT (alanine aminotransferase) is an enzyme found in the liver. The liver metabolises and stores nutrients, and digests toxins. ALT is important to liver function through its role in protein metabolism. ALT is a useful biomarker for liver cell injury.
Albumin is a protein that is abundantly present in your bloodstream. It maintains fluid distribution in body tissue, and transports fats, cholesterol, drugs, vitamins, toxins and metals. Abnormal albumin levels are caused by poor liver or kidney function.
Bilirubin is a compound produced from the breakdown of red blood cells, a process that primarily occurs in the liver. Bilirubin is one of several biomarkers used to asses abnormal liver function.