Donating Blood May Be a Good Deed for Your Body

We all know that giving blood is an act of life-saving benevolence. But did you know that donating blood may also be good for your body?

Iron stimulates cells to churn out free radicals, molecules that may contribute to cancer and other diseases of aging. Women tend to outlive men and are generally better at postponing the onset of age-related diseases, and one theory involves iron loss due to menstruation.

Here are four health benefits that may pay you back for contribution.

Lower Iron Levels
Lower the iron levels in your body every time you give blood, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. High blood iron levels have the potential to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease because iron accelerates the oxidation process of cholesterol in the body, which damages arteries.

Reduce Cancer Risk
Consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancers including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels dropped in correlation with how often participants donated blood. (You can safely donate blood every 56 days.)

Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Regular blood donors who donate regularly over years have an 88 percent lower risk of heart attacks and a 33 percent lower risk of any severe cardiovascular event, such as a stroke.

Replenish Blood
When you donate blood, your body replaces the blood volume within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells you lose during donation are completely replaced within four to eight weeks. This process of replenishment can help your body stay healthy and work more efficiently and productively.

Resources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/96891-health-benefits-donating-blood/#ixzz1Q7aQ0bXW
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51031
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/slideshows/how-5-longevity-researchers-stave-off-aging

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