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The Importance of Capillaries, Veins and Blood Flow:
Capillaries are tiny blood vessels between arteries and veins that distribute oxygen-rich blood to the body.
Capillaries are extremely thin. The walls are only one cell thick.
The network of capillaries in the human body is so extensive that if laid end to end, they would extend about 60,000 miles.
Capillaries make up part of the circulatory system.
Veins are blood vessels that carry blood away from an organ, as opposed to arteries which carry blood toward an organ.
Blood Flow and good circulation are important to the entire body.
An important function of blood flow to is to provide adequate oxygenation and nutrition to tissues and organs.
For example, blood carries fuel (oxygen and glucose) to the brain. When blood flow is interrupted or a blood vessel breaks, diminished blood flow can result.