FUNCTIONS of the LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
The main functions of the lymphatic system are as follows:
- the main function of the lymphatic system is to collect and transport tissue fluids
from the intercellular spaces in all the tissues of the body, back to the veins in the blood
- it plays an important role in returning plasma proteins to the bloodstream;
- digested fats are absorbed and then transported from the villi in the small intestine
to the bloodstream via the lacteals and lymph vessels.
- new lymphocytes are manufactured in the lymph nodes;
- antibodies and anti (manufactures in the lymph nodes) assist the body to build up an
effective immunity to infectious diseases;
- lymph nodes play an important role in the defence mechanism of the body. They filter
out micro-organisms (such as bacteria) and foreign substances such as toxins, etc.
- it transports large molecular compounds (such as enzymes and hormones) from their
manufactured sites to the bloodstream.