Important Health Benefits You Can Get From Donating Blood

Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease

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An excessive build-up of iron in the body can be dangerous for an individual's cardiovascular health. Donating blood can help individuals who consume foods rich in iron limit the build-up and oxidation of iron in the body, which has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1998 suggests blood donation is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, because of reduced iron stores in the body. It also provides evidence indicating regular blood donors are eighty-eight percent less likely than nondonors to have a heart attack.

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