Donating blood is a simple act that can save a person from a critical life or death situation. But do you know that donating blood can be beneficial for the donor as well as for the recipient?

Here are some of the positive effects of donating blood:

1. Reduced risk of Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs too much iron from the food and other substances it intakes. Donating blood, or the action of extracting blood from a person, causes a break in the blood routine of the body. Breaking the blood routine can lessen the amount of iron that the body absorbs.

2. Anti-cancer benefits

It is very evident that cancer kills, but what isn’t commonly known is that donating blood can significantly help reduce the possibility of cancer.

Similar to hemochromatosis, cancer is highly linked to an overabundance of iron in the blood. For regular blood donors, the amount of iron in the body can be controlled by donating regularly. This means that when you take out a significant amount of iron from your body, you take out the ways for the cancer to spread and metastasis.

3. Weight loss

For a more indirect way to lose weight, a person can opt to donate blood regularly (every 3 months). Blood donation burns about 650 calories.

But it is not advisable to rely solely on blood donation to lose weight. Partner regular blood donation with diet and exercise for better results.

4. New red blood cells

The body’s natural response to blood loss is to make more. It has to compensate and “refill” itself. Regular blood donation will lead the body to replenish the lost blood. It stimulates the bone marrow to work and produce healthier red blood cells.

These are just a few of the benefits of blood donation. So why hesitate? Go for it! Save a life while making yourself healthier!

If you are interested in becoming a blood donor, ManilaMed is a hospital that would gladly assist you to do so. They conduct various tests and examinations that would determine your blood type, and your eligibility to donate. Visit their site at www.manilamed.com.ph for more details.