4 Shocking Health Benefits Of Donating Blood For The Donor And Myths Debunked

“The ability to donate blood is a token of life”. All of us are aware that by donating blood, you can save someone’s life. But, are you aware of the several health benefits for the donors as well? In this article, Dr Kausthub Desikachar shares 4 shocking health benefits of donating blood for the donor and myths debunked.


In India, 13.5 million blood units were needed in the past year. Each day, thousands of people require donated blood to hold them healthy and furthermore alive. But few people back off conceiving the health jeopardies that they sway put their lives into. But the truth is, donating blood has several health benefits for the donor as well.

To prove the above declaration, recent studies clarify that people who donate much blood yield no harmful consequences and may even live longer than less frequent donors.


4 Surprising Health Benefits Of Donating Blood For The Donor


1.Uplifts Mental Health

Although donating blood has a multitude of physical benefits, the most majestic health benefit is the psychological perspective. Getting out of the way to do something good for someone else is an act of immeasurable kindness and donating blood is no small deal. You are helping someone who desperately needs blood to live. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says donating blood positively impacts your physiological health and eventually benefits your mind and body.


2.Lowers The Risk Of Cancer

Hemochromatosis is a health condition that emerges due to excessive iron deposits in the blood. Hemochromatosis intensifies the chances of various types of cancer, especially blood cancer. Regular blood donation helps maintain healthy levels of iron in the body and thereby lowers the risk of cancer.


3.Healthy Heart And Liver

Raised iron levels in the blood tighten your blood capillaries and create a higher risk of a heart attack. Overload of iron in your blood cells gives room for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Draining those additional iron sediments by donating blood provides your vessels more scope to perform well.


4.Stimulates Generation Of Blood Cell

Once you donate blood, your body operates to restore the blood loss. This procedure spurs the generation of new blood cells and, in return, aids in sustaining sound health.



Temporary Side Effects Of Donating Blood

A person can endure side effects after donating blood like:

  1. Feeling weak or low strength
  2. Dizziness
  3. Clouded vision, loss of stability
  4. Vomiting sensation
  5. Bleeding from the needle prick

These symptoms usually disappear within 24 hours. One could minimize the side effects of donating blood by drinking plenty of fluids and eating a well-balanced meal for the next 24-48 hours.


Myths Debunked About Donating Blood


1.Myth: Vegetarians cannot donate blood.

Fact: Vegetarians with healthy levels of haemoglobin can donate blood without any fear.


2.Myth: Blood donation is painful.

Fact: Blood donors endure only a tiny prick of the needle, which heals in a day.


3.Myth: Donating blood weakens the immune system.

Fact: It certainly does not clash with the immune system. RBC forms within a few days, while WBC takes a few weeks.



Dr Kausthub Desikachar says donating blood is a generous deed, and if you are a frequent blood donor, you are a superhero trying to save many lives and yours.

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Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. He is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet.

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