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Do You Know How Amazing Your Veins Are?

June 15, 2018

Why are your veins blue? Veins are actually not blue, but only appear that way. Veins are colorless and the deoxygenated blood that they carry is dark red (as opposed to the bright red color of oxygenated blood carried by arteries). The blood in your veins appears blue to the naked eye because you can only see your veins through layers of skin and fat (Journal of Applied Optics). Skin scatters the red portion of white light, leaving mostly blue light to reflect off the blood back to your eyes (Dr. Christopher S. Baird).

How much blood is pumped by your veins in day? The average adult has roughly 2,000 gallons of blood circulate through his or her VEINS and other blood vessels in a single day, which is enough to fill five hot tubs (Arkansas Heart Hospital).

What is the longest vein in the body? Did you know that your Great Saphenous Vein is the longest vein in the human body? Extending from the top of your foot to the upper thigh and groin, THIS vein is the major culprit that causes Varicose Veins.

How long are your veins and the rest of your circulatory system? Did you know that if you laid out all of the blood vessels in the average adult (arteries, VEINS and capillaries), they would be long enough to stretch across the earth over 3 times?

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