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Why Donating Blood May Be a Good Deed For Your Body Too

Why Donating Blood May Be a Good Deed For Your Body Too

We know that giving blood is an act of life-saving benevolence. Rolling up your sleeve for 45 minutes can rescue the lives of as many of three patients. But did you know that it can provide benefits for you too? It turns out, a regular blood donor may reap many perks.

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

LOWER IRON LEVELS

Studies suggest that many of us consume more irons than we need to maintain good health. 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. Iron stimulates cells to churn out free radicals, molecules that may contribute to cancer and other diseases of aging. Studies show that high iron levels in your blood are also associated with premature 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.

Do you have high iron levels? Get your levels checked to find out. Ferritin measures iron stores in the blood. Levels between 50 and 100 ng/mL are ideal. Levels below 50 ng/mL can cause problems, such as anxiety, fatigue, restless legs, and ADHD. High levels, over 250 ng/mL are associated with iron overload and increase the risk of inflammation, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Causes of high iron levels: Causes of too much iron include regular alcohol consumption, cooking in iron pans, foods fortified with iron, well water high in iron, or vitamin or mineral supplements with extra iron. Some people are genetically predisposed to absorb too much iron from food.

REDUCE CANCER RISK

High iron levels can also contribute to the development and growth of tumors. A 2014 study in Cancer Research found that high iron levels in the blood were associated with a 25% increased risk of all cancers and a 39% increase in the risk of dying from cancer. And consuming large amounts of dietary iron is linked with increased risk of colorectal cancer.

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. As a rule, you can safely donate blood every 56 days.

REDUCE HEART ATTACK RISK

High levels of iron in the blood have been cited as a risk factor for heart attack. Regular blood donors can mitigate that risk. Research shows that men who donate regularly over many years have an 88% lower risk of heart attacks and a 33% 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.

ENHANCE MENTAL WELL-BEING

Donating blood can also improve your emotional health. According to the Mental Health Foundation, doing good for others is also good for your psyche. Among the many emotional benefits are:

  • Reducing stress
  • Enhancing emotional well-being
  • Minimizing negative thoughts and feelings
  • Providing a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of social isolation

Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, with a total of 44,000 blood donations needed every day. By donating blood, you can help people who are fighting cancer, as well as those suffering from a bleeding disorder, chronic anemia, and other blood abnormalities. Not only does it help you save lives, but it also helps you stay physically and mentally healthy in the process.

Be aware that age and weight restrictions regarding blood donations may vary from state to state. Be sure to check if you’re eligible to donate.

At Amen Clinics we believe the health of your body and your brain comes first. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, call us today at 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit

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  1. The first step for the act of kindness: At this time, mostly peoples are very busy in the life and they ignore surrounding peoples. We need to admire them for communicating. After this, you can discuss with the community about kindness.

  2. Rita Gerber says:

    I have been told years ago that anyone under 110 lbs could not give blood. Is this still true? Was on iron as a child for anemia and would imagine I still have some of that in me considering I hang onto the heavy metals rather strongly. It might help all my health problems but my weight hasn’t been over 110 as an adult except when pregnant.

  3. Hans Kasper says:

    I was listening to a medical podcast that said that your ferritin or iron levels should be between 20 and 50. Cardiologist say that when your iron levels exceed 100, then they want you to start blood donations to get it down to below 50 again to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. I thought I would have my ferritin levels tested, so I went to requestatest.com to order the test at a local grocery store that had a quest diagnostics location within it. The test said that my ferritin levels were at 318. Eight blood donations later I have it down to 67. It looks like I should continue donating blood every 60 days for the rest of my life. Taking vitamin C increases the iron absorption rate. It is best to test. The test was only $29.

  4. Deirdre says:

    If you have herpes can you donate blood?

  5. Joan says:

    Donating blood is A small, easy sacrifice that reaps a huge reward for the recipient.

    I donate every 2 months and have done so for years. I’m 63 years old, take daily supplements and are on no prescribed medications. I exercise daily and have a healthy diet.

    Knowing that donating is also good for my body just reinforces my commitment to continue donating.

  6. Eve says:

    If you have been told your blood is not acceptable because of X, Y, or Z etc. How can you get the personal benefits. Are we back to bloodletting?

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