A 38-year-old member asked:
which sort of foods should i eat before a blood donation?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Steven Ginsberg answered
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Nothing special: Just be well hydrated. There is no special diet required.
Answered on Feb 27, 2016
Dr. Donald Alves answered
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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