7 Interesting Facts about Your Blood

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Blood is life. The reason why I am saying blood is life because, when you donate blood you save a life and not just a life but a family as well.  Blood is responsible for distributing oxygen to all the cells in your body. Not only this, your blood is responsible for protecting you against various diseases and infections, it also helps in your immunity. 

According to the doctors of the said anwar medical centre and hematologists Blood is a specialized form of the connective tissues. It contains white blood cells, platelets and red blood cells. All of these components are suspended in the matrix of liquid plasma. 

All this information would be basic for you, but blood isn’t just this, in fact, it has many interesting surprising facts; such as for example, your blood has traces of gold and blood is about 8% of your total body weight. Interesting. Right?!

Here are some interesting facts about your Blood

  1. Not Everyone has Red Blood

We humans may have red blood, but other organisms such as squid, spiders, octopuses, crustaceans etc have the blue blood in them. There are certain species of the worms of the marine environment that have violet blood. Butterflies, beetles and insects have a unique pale-yellowish or colourless blood. The respiratory pigment of an organism is basically responsible for the colour of the blood. In humans as per the hematologists of Peshawar, the respiratory pigment is protein. This protein is hemoglobin and it is present in the red blood cells.

  1. Gallons of Blood Is In Your Body

About 1.325 gallons of the blood is present in an average adult human. Your blood accounts for about 8% of the total body weight of a person.

  1. Mostly Plasma is Present in Blood

Plasma is the majority of the portion of your blood. About 55 percent of the blood is plasma. The rest are 40% red blood cells, 4% platelets and only 1% accounts for the white blood cells. White blood cells are extremely important for the defence of the body. Neutrophil cells are the highest number of white blood cells in your body.  

  1. White Blood Cells Are Essential For Pregnancy

We all are aware of the fact that white blood cells are essential for the immunity of the body. These cells are equally important in protecting the body against various infections and pathogens. But, only a few of us know that macrophages- a type of white blood cells are essential for pregnancy. 

These macrophages are present abundantly in the tissues of the reproductive system. It is these macrophages cells that help in the formation of the blood vessels in the ovary. This is again a very important part, as it is essential for the progesterone hormone production. 

Progesterone is necessary for implanting the embryo in the uterus. If the number of the cells of the macrophages are low, it reduces the level of progesterone in the body and subsequent implantation of the embryo.

  1. You Have Gold in Your Blood

Yes, you have read it right. Human Blood is very unique. Different metals are present in the blood such as chromium, iron, manganese, copper, lead and zinc. Not only this, but your blood also contains traces of gold in it. Mostly, in your blood, about 0.2 mg of gold is present.

  1. Stem Cells Produce Blood Cells

Hematopoietic cells are very important cells in your body. These cells are responsible for producing all types of blood cells in the human body. Bone marrow is responsible for producing approximately 95% of the blood cells in your body. In humans particularly in an adult body, the bone marrow is mostly concentrated in the bones of the pelvis, spine and in the breastbone. 

There are several organs which are responsible for the regulation of the production of the blood cells. The organs involved in this process are spleen, thymus, and lymph nodes.

  1. Different Life Span of Different Blood Cells

You might find it quite intriguing but the life span of all the blood cells is not the same in your body. The lifespan of red blood cells is the highest among all the other blood cells i.e. 4 months. White blood cells have a life ranging from a few hours to several days and platelets have a life-span of 9 days.

In the End,

Your blood is your life, apart from these few aforementioned exciting facts about your blood, it is responsible for your overall health. So eat right, so that your body performs its functions properly and produces blood to protect yourself from various diseases.