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. But did you know that rolling up your sleeve for 45 minutes can rescue the lives of as many of three patients, but it can provide benefits to yours too? It turns out, a regular blood donor may reap many perks too.

Here are four health benefits that may pay you back for 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. Women tend to outlive men and are generally better a postponing the onset of age-related diseases, and one theory involves iron loss due to menstruation.

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. However, 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.

Every two 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 those fighting cancer, bleeding disorder, those suffering from chronic anemia, and other blood abnormalities. Not only does it help you save lives but it helps you stay healthy in the process.

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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  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 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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