"So, what exactly is plasma? If you"ve donated blood before, you may have heard the term "plasma" but not fully understood its significance. To understand why plasma is so important, we must first look at where it comes from.
Plasma is one of the four important components of blood in the human body alongside white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Each of these components plays a specific role in our overall functioning and health.
The four important parts of blood:
Plasma transports white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
Red blood cells bring oxygen all over our body.
White blood cells fight off infections and sickness.
Platelets help stop bleeding and fix hurt blood vessels.
Plasma is the biggest part of our blood. Our bodies have around 12 pints of blood, and 55% of it is plasma. This light-yellow fluid helps the other parts of blood (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets) move around inside our blood vessels. Also, plasma has special proteins with antibodies that fight off infections.
The proteins in plasma have lots of antibodies that help us fight diseases. Plasma is used to make treatments that save lives."