Donating blood improves health and slows AGING
There are a number of reasons why donating blood improves health and slows AGING. But let’s first start with the misconception that everyone is running around with a deficiency of iron. This could not be further from the truth.
Too much iron is harmful to our health
People fail to realize that too much iron can be worse, and is actually far more common than iron deficiency (especially in men and postmenopausal women). Ref
People always seem to be worried about having not enough iron and it is common practice to prescribe iron supplements. However, iron supplementation may not be needed. One example is anemia of chronic disease. The worst thing that can be done for a person suffering anemia of chronic disease is to be given iron tables. It may even be fatal. Furthermore, it is commonly mistaken for iron deficiency anemia. Ref
As we age we accumulate iron. Our body has limited ways it can get rid of excess iron. Women have the advantage of losing blood during a period. Men do not. However, women who are postmenopausal (therefore no longer have periods) are at greater risk of heart problems linked to excess iron. Women who are still having periods have fewer heart attacks.
Previously it was believed it was due to hormone changes but new research indicates it is due to lower iron levels. Ref
“Repeated blood donations may help your blood to flow better, reducing viscosity, and possibly helping to limit damage to the lining of your blood vessels, which should result in fewer arterial blockages” Ref
Blood donors have been found to be 88 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack, and this is thought to be due to its effects on iron levels. Ref.
“Because high body iron stores have been suggested as a risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores.” Ref
So you can see based on the information so far that getting rid of excess iron offers many health benefits.
Donating blood improves health
Researchers found after conducting research on statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, that in part the benefits of this medication for cardiovascular health was due to the fact that the medication helps to reduce the inflammation associated with excess iron stores. Ref.
Furthermore, researchers concluded that a low cost (could you say much much safer and healthier option) was to donate blood instead of taking statins. This is because lower ferritin was the main benefit not improved cholesterol (lipid status). Ref.
Interestingly, in a study published in the April 2013 issue of American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that statin cholesterol-lowering drugs improved cardiovascular outcomes at least partially by countering the pro-inflammatory effects of excess iron stores.
A 2013 study that found that regular blood donation significantly lowered the mean total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, protecting against cardiovascular disease.
When we give blood our iron stores are reduced and excess iron leaves the body with the blood taken out.
Blood donation and heavy metals
Since bloodletting also know as blood donation reduces iron stores could logic not assume that all heavy metals and other toxins in the blood go to.
Here is an interesting study:
Lead, mercury, and cadmium concentrations in donor samples were compared to mean blood concentrations from the 2013–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Lead, mercury and cadmium in donor blood was higher than the US population trend. Ref
Would you like to get rid of excess heavy metals?
Logically we are always putting stuff into the body, therefore, why not take something out.
Giving blood may be one of the best “Detox’s” for your body.
Healthy iron levels –
Donating blood improves health and slows AGING because it can control excess iron levels.
You want to have your blood iron levels checked regularly to ensure the iron in your blood is staying within the healthy range, according to Dr Mercola. Ferritin levels need to ideally be between 20 and 80 ng/ml.
Levels over 150 ng/ml or higher become problematic and should be treated by donation blood or therapeutic phlebotomies. The problem is most laboratories who test for ferritin don’t report it as high until it reaches 300 ng/ml. Why is that? Well, the problem is it is not healthy, but not yet out of control disease. Healthy is between 20-80 ng/ml. So it is important to be in that range for optimum health and to slow aging.
In medieval times bloodletting was common practice for health ailments, however back then they didn’t know why it helped or how much to safely take out.
Another problem that blood donating helps to address is thick blood. Your blood gets thicker as you age. The following things can affect your blood flow:
- High-sugar diet
- Radio frequencies
- Toxic electromagnetic forces,
- Emotional stress
- High cholesterol
- High uric acid levels
Thicker blood increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke and arterial blockage. Hypercoagulable blood contributes to inflammation because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues. Ref
Birth control pills increase the chances of women having heart attacks. The hormones in the pill increase blood viscosity.
Free radical damage from excess iron can damage the lining of the your blood vessels.
Regular blood donations can also lower your blood pressure, which can in turn lower your risk for heart attack.
“What is clear is that blood donors seem to not be hospitalized so often and if they are, they have shorter lengths of stay… And they’re less likely to get heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.” Ref
Anti-aging benefits of blood donating
Blood donation helps in lowering the risk of cancer. Ref According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, iron may cause accelerated free radical damage in the body and may be linked to an increased risk of cancer and aging. Ref
Since excess iron is linked to a number of age-related diseases and contributes to infection and cancer growth (because cancer and infections need an iron-rich environment to grow) then we can also say that it brings our cells closer to death. Excess iron, therefore, contributes to the acceleration of aging. Removing it theoretically slows aging.
Reducing Lipfusion (cellular waste) slows aging
Lipfusion builds up in the body and a large component of this is ferritin. Lipfusion is cellular waste that accumulates as we age and causes free radical damage (oxidative stress) to cells including organs. We want to slow aging so the solution is to donate blood and reduce your iron levels to the healthy range.
“Collectively, the data emphasizes that iron is sufficient to increase lipofuscin formation”. Ref
Ferritin affects (contributes to) oxidative stress and neurodegeneration in aging and Alzheimer’s (Valko et al., 2016).
So I can assume you are now convinced that donating blood improves health and slows AGING.
What else can I do aside from blood donating to improve health and slow aging?
In addition to donating blood, I love taking the Sisel Hydrogen Stix to combat free damage. Hydrogen neutralises the most harmful free radical that causes oxidative stress – The hydroxyl free radical. A perfect companion to this product is the Sisel AGE Pill. It supports the body by helping to remove cellular waste including lipofuscin and glycation. In addition, it also supports the body to body to boost NAD. Cellular energy. The ultimate goal to slow aging because this will improve health.