Absorption of Nutrients from Drinking Blood

In summary, the conversation touches on the topic of drinking blood and the potential nutrients and proteins that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. It is also mentioned that some people may be able to drink more blood without vomiting, and there are cultural practices where blood is consumed for sustenance. It is also noted that drinking too much blood can result in iron poisoning, similar to how alcohol affects individuals differently. The conversation concludes with the acknowledgement that the topic has been adequately discussed.
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If a person ever drinks blood, what nutrients and stuff from drinking that blood would be absorbed into their bloodstream?
 
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I advise you take a sunbath; it'll do you good. :smile:
 
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arildno said:
I advise you take a sunbath; it'll do you good. :smile:

=] what he said
 
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K but a scientific question:

How much blood can you drink (approx) before you vomit? a shotglass or so?
 
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Can you drink just the part that's about 90% water and proteins and nutrients? How much of that can you drink?
 
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I would expect that some people would be able to drink more blood than others without vomiting. Some people might not vomit at all. There's nothing really physiologically wrong with blood as a food -- the thought of it is repulsive to many people, though.

- Warren
 
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In Africa certain tribes drink blood straight from the jugular of live cows. It's much more economical than killing a cow every time you want a meal. This way a single cow can serve as a consistent source of protein for the entirety of its life.
 
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I thought there was a chemical reason why people vomit if they drink blood (like after oral surgery). Googling "drink blood vomit" just turns up links about drinking alcohol, though...
 
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never mind I guess it is digestable
 
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The movie, "The Killing Fields" show a character blood-letting on a cow for nutrition while he is imprisoned.
 
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binzing said:
The movie,...show a character
A good point, but remember not to use Hollywood as evidence when determining if a man can fly
 
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You'd vomit after drinking "enough" blood due to iron poisoning. How much is enough? Well, that depends. How much alcohol do you have to drink to get as drunk as your friend? It all depends on how well your body handles it.
 
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This thread looks pretty done.
 

Related to Absorption of Nutrients from Drinking Blood

1. How do nutrients from drinking blood get absorbed into the body?

Nutrients from drinking blood are absorbed through the digestive system, specifically the small intestine. Enzymes in the stomach break down the blood cells, releasing the nutrients into the small intestine where they are then absorbed into the bloodstream.

2. What types of nutrients can be obtained from drinking blood?

Blood contains a variety of essential nutrients, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains iron and other trace elements that are important for bodily functions.

3. Is drinking blood a safe way to obtain nutrients?

While drinking blood may provide a source of nutrients, it is not considered a safe or sustainable way to obtain them. Consuming blood can lead to the transmission of diseases and infections, and it is not a sustainable food source.

4. Are there any potential risks or side effects of drinking blood for nutrient absorption?

Drinking blood can have potential risks and side effects, such as the transmission of diseases and infections, as well as digestive discomfort and nausea. It is not recommended to consume blood as a source of nutrients.

5. Can other animals besides humans absorb nutrients from drinking blood?

Yes, there are several animals that consume blood as a source of nutrients, such as vampire bats, leeches, and some species of birds, fish, and insects. However, this is not a common dietary practice among most animals and is not recommended for humans.

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