Prioritizing plant-based sources of iron may be more effective than giving blood at reducing the risk of potentially “ferrotoxic” (iron-related) diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
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What blood donor study? See the “prequel” video Donating Blood to Prevent Heart Disease? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/donating-blood-to-prevent-heart-disease).
Other examples of when normal lab values are not necessarily ideal can be found in:
• When Low Risk Means High Risk (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/when-low-risk-means-high-risk)
• Optimal Cholesterol Level (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/optimal-cholesterol-level/)
• How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die-from-high-blood-pressure/)
Even though a plant-based diet may be preferable for personal disease risk, still doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all give blood! Join me in supporting the Red Cross (http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood).
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