Donating blood regularly keeps the iron content of the blood in check. While a certain amount of iron in the blood is necessary for the body, high iron content can have adverse effects on the heart and the circulatory system.
Experts say that by donating one pint of blood, you stand to burn approximately 650 calories. Regular blood donation (once every two-three months, depending upon the donor’s health) can result in a significant and healthy weight loss.
While research is still going on to understand the relationship between donating blood and reduction in cancer risk, doctors are of the opinion that it has to do with blood donation reducing the iron content of the blood, which, in excess, can cause serious damage to body tissues.
The loss of blood during the donation is immediately compensated for by bone marrow replenishing the lost red blood cells, which means your blood is refreshed every time you donate some.
Last but not the least, there is no greater joy than the joy of giving. The fact that a mere 15–20 minutes of your time every couple of months can make such a lasting difference to another life is capable of bringing you immense happiness and satisfaction; and we can’t stress enough on how imperative that is for your general well-being!
Written By : Neehar Mishra