Blood is a fluid connective tissue that consists of plasma, blood cells and platelets. It circulates throughout our body delivering oxygen and nutrients to various cells and tissues. It makes up 8% of our body weight.
Amount of Blood in men and women
- An average adult possesses around 5-6 litres of blood.
- Women tend to have a lower blood volume than men.
- However, a woman’s blood volume increases by roughly 50% during pregnancy.
Composition of Blood
Blood is primarily broken down into the following components: