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The Best Way to Replace Protein After Plasma Donation

author image Amy Liddell
Amy Liddell has been writing on health and medicine since 2004. She is also a biomedical scientist and studies human cancer. Her articles have appeared in scientific journals, medical textbooks and on health-related consumer websites. Liddell holds a Doctor of Philosophy in biological and biomedical sciences from Harvard University.
The Best Way to Replace Protein After Plasma Donation
The body usually replaces protein within 48 hours of plasma donation. Photo Credit: Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Plasma donation, also called plasmapheresis, is a type of blood donation in which the liquid portion of the blood is collected. Blood is removed from one arm, filtered through an automated machine and some remaining cellular components are then returned to your body. The body typically replaces plasma within approximately 48 hours of donation. Following a healthy diet with plenty of protein and fluids will aid in this recovery.

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Step 1

Boost your overall protein consumption, especially if you plan to donate plasma regularly. Most adults require 50 to 80 grams of protein daily. Protein-rich foods include lean meats, eggs, dairy products, nuts and beans.

Step 2

Remain well-hydrated during the day and night before your donation. Your donation will proceed more quickly and the fluids will help speed your recovery.

Step 3

Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your donation and on the day of your donation.

Step 4

Avoid caffeine during the six hours prior to your donation, since it can cause dehydration.

Step 5

Get a good night's rest before your plasma donation and reschedule the appointment if you feel unwell.

Step 6

Eat a healthy, well-balanced meal within three hours of your scheduled donation. Avoid fatty foods and focus on lean meats and complex carbohydrates.

After Donation

Step 1

Continue to consume water and fruit juices to maintain proper hydration.

Step 2

Consume a high-protein snack, such as nuts or cheese, after your donation is completed. Within two to three hours of donating plasma, have a healthy meal that contains protein and iron.

Step 3

Avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least four hours after your donation.

Step 4

Avoid heavy exercise and overexertion for the remainder of the day.

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