What should I eat before and after donating plasma?

Friday May 6th, 2016

Those donating plasma feel much better if they eat before and after their appointment with Canadian Plasma Resources.

As you know, what you eat can impact your health. So does what you drink.


When you make your appointment to visit, also fit a meal into your schedule. We recommend having a full meal within an hour of coming in to donate.  This will help increase your blood flow and make your veins easier to locate.

There are certain nutrients you should try to include in that meal. It should be heavy on proteins and include sources of iron.

Some easy and inexpensive sources of protein include:

  1. Eggs
  2. Canned tuna
  3. Peanut butter

Learn more about protein sources here. https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Protein/Introduction-to-protein.aspx





Some easy and inexpensive sources of iron include:

  1. Instant oatmeal
  2. Spinach
  3. Canned beans

There are more suggestions from the Dieticians of Canada for iron-rich foods. http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Minerals/Food-Sources-of-Iron.aspx



Your plasma contains proteins and iron impacts your hemoglobin levels, which are a measured when you are screened. Those whose hemoglobin levels are found to be too low must wait another day to donate.

Drink water – lots of it – the day you intend to donate. When you arrive at Canadian Plasma Resources, we’ll have water and juice for you, so drink up!



It’s not just what you eat and drink that’s important. What you should avoid is too.

Caffeine and alcohol are no-nos.

Also, skip the fatty foods for six hours before donating. Even those foods that have high amounts of healthy fats, such as avocadoes, can be troublesome. The fat will show up in the plasma and can’t be used because it interferes with some screening done through laboratory tests.

After you donate, you’ll want to eat too. We’ve got snacks for donors, some treats for your time and commitment to helping others. Enjoy!