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The recipe for perfect plasma

Wednesday 12th Dec 2018

How much do you know about the important liquids in your body?

You might have heard of plasma – it’s a powerful and versatile part of your blood. Demand for plasma donors increases every year in Australia, in fact plasma is set to become Australia's most-needed blood component in the coming few years. But what’s in it that makes it so valuable for patients?

When you look at it, it’s easy to forget that plasma is packed full of useful proteins. In fact, there are around 6 – 8 grams of protein in every 100ml. That’s more than many sports recovery drinks, and about 2-3 times more protein than you’d find in the same volume of milk.

The proteins in your plasma are great for a number of reasons. They protect you against invading germs, keep your blood volume balanced and ensure your blood clots exactly when and where it’s supposed to. When you donate plasma, these are some of the ways it can help patients who need it.

In total, a typical plasma donation will remove around 50 grams of protein from your body, a small amount that is quickly and naturally replenished by your body. Pick your favourite snack at the refreshments table to help the replenishment process along and keep you feeling great. Enjoy the snack, along with the satisfaction of helping make 18 different life-giving products from a single visit.

Donating plasma is a lot like giving blood and gives you the chance to help even more Australians enjoy a better quality of life. One donation of plasma can go toward several treatments. Make your plasma appointment today.