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5 Things You Need to Know About Albumin

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5 Things You Need to Know About Albumin
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Albumin is a protein that makes up a large proportion of blood plasma. It is different from albumen, which is egg white, although egg whites also contain some albumin. Albumin transports fat, hormones and other materials throughout the body, and helps regulate the movement of fluid into and out of body tissues. It is necessary for maintenance of the body. Some people have a shortage of albumin in their bloodstreams. For some this is a temporary state, while it may be part of a chronic condition for others.

Albumin is a protein that makes up a large proportion of blood plasma. It is different from albumen, which is egg white, although egg whites also contain some albumin. Albumin transports fat, hormones and other materials throughout the body, and helps regulate the movement of fluid into and out of body tissues. It is necessary for maintenance of the body. Some people have a shortage of albumin in their bloodstreams. For some this is a temporary state, while it may be part of a chronic condition for others.

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