The Surprising Benefits of Donating Blood

Many studies have shown unexpected benefits if you donate blood regularly. Let’s find out the benefits of blood donation.

1. Blood donation helps create a POSITIVE mental state, COMFORT

The benefit of the first blood donation is that it helps the donor to have enjoyable psychological and spiritual experiences.

Donating blood gives the donor a feeling of pride and happiness because your action can save someone’s life. The blood you donate is separated into components according to the patient’s needs. Such components may be transmitted to different recipients.
Confident in their own health: Donating blood is a sign of good health and good blood quality; That belief is very beneficial to the blood donor.

2. HEALTHY TESTED AND CONSULTED, HELPING BLOOD Donors Track and Self-monitor their Health

Each time a blood donation is made, the donor will have a preliminary health check: physical examination, blood pressure measurement, heart rate, etc., and be tested before donating blood.
Donated blood is screened for: hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, HIV, syphilis; blood donors know these test results.
In addition, the Ministry of Health has deployed gifts for blood donors, which are test packages and health care services instead of souvenir packages for HM people. By choosing the right test packages for each blood donation, blood donors can capture and monitor test results and their health.

Thus, each blood donation is a health check, helping to warn and detect health risks for timely handling. At the same time, for regular blood donors, donating blood helps them self-monitor their health.


According to studies, every day in the body, about 200-400 billion red blood cells die naturally and are replaced by new red blood cells. The amount of hemoglobin destroyed will release some iron, part is reabsorbed to create new blood, part is excreted, and part remains in the body as a storehouse.

Donating blood reduces excess iron, and regular blood donors help facilitate iron chelation.


Each time a blood donation is given, many components are lost such as: red blood cells, platelets, blood sugar, cholesterol, iron, potassium… As a result, blood donation helps to clear and reduce the burden of degeneration for the body.

Blood donation is also a “pressure” for the body to produce new blood, especially red blood cells to compensate for the donated red blood cells, thereby stimulating the bone marrow to increase blood production.

5. Donating blood reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack

The excessive presence of iron in the blood promotes the oxidation of cholesterol. The products of this process are deposited in the subendothelial layer of blood vessels, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis. This is one of the leading causes of heart attacks and strokes.

Some studies have shown that regular blood donation will contribute to reducing iron accumulation, thereby helping to reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

6. Donating Blood Helps Increase Calories Burning And Aids In Weight Loss

It is estimated that each donation of 450 ml of blood helps to burn about 650 calories in the body and reduce blood cholesterol. This is a useful measure in weight loss in people with an above-average body weight.


Each blood donation one time, the blood donor sends his blood to the blood bank. When unlucky, blood donors who need to receive blood, present a voluntary blood donation certificate will be reimbursed for free blood at public health facilities nationwide.

(Article from website of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion)

(Dr. Ngo Manh Quan)