Masters of Health Magazine September 2022 - Page 81

Higher than normal white blood cells in your body may mean you have an infection or inflammation, a bone marrow disorder, or possibly certain types of cancer.

Secondary lymphoid organs include the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, gut-associated lymphoid tissues, and lymph nodes.


In addition to removing excess fluid and fighting infections, the lymphatic system plays a vital role in intestinal function by transporting fats for growth, neural development, brain function, and nutrition.


About 29.75 pints/17 liters of filtered blood is quickly reabsorbed directly into the blood vessels.  The remaining 5.25 pints/3 liters remain in the intestinal fluid.


Part of the gut membrane in the small intestine contains tiny finger-like protrusions called villi which optimize nutrient absorption and aids in digestion.  Each villus contains tiny lymph capillaries known as lacteals

 Lymph transports dietary fats from lacteals in the digestive system to the blood via chylomicrons, which are ultra-low-density lipoproteins (ULDL). 

ULDLs is one of the five major groups of lipoproteins (sorted by density) that enable fats and cholesterol to move within the water-based solution of the bloodstream.  They consist of triglycerides  (85–92%), phospholipids  (6–12%), cholesterol (1–3%), and proteins (1–2%).

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Human Lymphatic System

Chylomicron Structure 


ApoA, ApoB, ApoC, ApoE


T (triacylglycerol);

C (cholesterol);

green (phospholipids)