SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Frequent Blood Donors Benefit from Low-Dose Iron Supplements
Americans are allowed to donate blood every 8 weeks, however up to 35% of frequent donors become iron depleted, which can lead to anemia. A new study in the February 10 issue of JAMA evaluated whether taking a low-dose iron supplement would help expedite the recovery of iron levels after blood donation.
The study was broken down into two groups, one which had low iron levels and one that had adequate iron levels. Half of the participants in each group were given a low-dose iron supplement over a 24 week period. The supplement improved the recovery time of both iron and hemoglobin levels.