Everyone is quite aware of the benefits of blood donation to the recipients but not so many are aware that blood donation also has health benefits for the donor. With the World Blood Donor day fast approaching on the 14th of June, the following will give you more reasons to go out and make a difference by donating. The benefits listed here are not to undermine the ultimate benefit of saving a life by voluntarily donating blood.
Iron related Benefits
Iron is vital component of the red blood cells and is contained in a lot food consumed daily such as meat, vegetables etc. Iron absorption in the human body is in limited proportions and when in excess is stored is stored in vital organs such as the Heart, Liver and pancreas. An overload of iron in any of these organs could lead to several complications. Regular blood donation helps maintain a balance in iron levels and so leads to the following benefits
- It helps your blood flow better. High amounts of iron in the blood causes it to be thicker and affects the blood flow.
- It helps maintain healthy heart, liver and pancreas by preventing damage in these organs from iron overload.
- It reduces the risks of cancers which could occur as complications from organ damage.
- It reduces the risks of Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a health condition that arises from excessive absorption of iron by the body from food items on consumption.