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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why can red blood cells carry oxygen while other cells can't?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Hemoglobin: Red cells are bags of hemoglobin. It is hemoglobin that carries oxygen. Other cells do not have hemoglobin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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What part of red blood cells carries oxygen?

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Hemoglobin: That's the major component of the cell itself
A 39-year-old member asked:

What allows red blood cells to carry oxygen?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin is the actual molecule that carries oxygen. Red cells are bags full of hemoglobin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the oxygen-carrying substance in red blood cells?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin is the molecule in red cells that transports oxygen.
A 51-year-old member asked:

How does oxygen enter a red blood cell?

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Dr. James Blachly
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Diffusion: Oxygen enters red blood cells by passive diffusion through the cell membrane. Once inside, it binds to hemoglobin molecules.

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