WorldBloodDonorDay: 5 surprising health benefits of donating blood

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Donating blood is one of the noblest things you can do. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know, however, is that while you’re saving someone else’s life by doing so, you’re also contributing towards the betterment of your own health.

That’s right, donating blood is as healthy for your body as it is for your mind. So, just in case the fact that you’re going to be contributing towards saving human lives is not enough for you to go ahead and donate, on World Blood Donation Day today, we bring you 5 surprising health benefits that comes with donation of blood:

1. Burns calories

You didn’t know that, right? But, it does. Donating one standard-size bottle of blood burns 650Kcal, according to But don’t even for a second think that you can go overboard with this and make it your new weight-loss plan! It’s safe to donate blood only once every three months. So, take it easy.

2. Helps prevent cancer

So, when you donate blood, you end up lowering the content of iron in your blood, which is healthy for the body-only as long as the iron content in the blood does not go lower than the permissible limit. High levels of iron in the blood have been associated with formation of cancer cells.

3. Keeps your heart healthy

If iron levels of the body remain in check, especially in men, it leads to a healthier heart. According to, though the body needs iron for proper functioning, excessive iron build up can result in excessive oxidative damage. Oxidative damage is the major culprit in accelerated ageing, heart attacks and strokes.

4. Prevents hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a disease that arises due to excess absorption of iron by the body, according to The body ends up absorbing more iron than it needs due to either hereditary or alcoholism or anemia. Regular blood donation helps in reducing iron overload in the body.

5. It’s a free blood check-up

Yes, we Indians and our knack of being attracted to all things free in life. Now, you know they check your blood for any abnormalities before letting you donate. So, think of this as a free, thorough blood check-up you never get around doing!


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