The Lucky Iron Fish Helps Fix Iron Deficiencies Just By Boiling It With Food, And It Could Revolutionize World Health Problems — VIDEO
Irony deficiency isn't just some entirely invented, chill way of getting yourself out of mandatory physical activities or like, helping your friends move. Iron deficiency, or anemia, affects 3.5 million Americans, and it's not like its reign ends at U.S. borders. Iron deficiency is a huge global problem, particularly in regions like Cambodia, where an estimated 68% of children are anemic. However, there's hope. Canadian Dr. Christopher Charles invented Lucky Iron Fish to help Cambodians literally cook more iron into their food.
The lump of iron, fashioned into a fish shape because it's considered lucky in Cambodia, can supply adults with up to 75% the daily recommended dose of iron. One fish should last a family up to five years. This is especially important in the Asian country, since about half of its population is anemic. Literally all you do to reap the fish's benefits is toss it in with cooking food for about 10 minutes—preferably with a little lemon juice since that allows the body to better absorb the vital nutrient. A study with the fish surveyed about 2500 Cambodians who cooked with it over the course of a year, and close to 50 percent reported improved iron levels and were no longer anemic. Lucky Iron Fish is socially responsible, too. For example, all the Cambodian packaging is made locally by disabled workers—many rendered unable to walk because of land mine injuries.
Here's a glimpse at how it works. Pretty neat, right?
It's like a reusable bouillon that actually makes your life better. Seriously, if it's possible to distribute these widely and cheaply, could have the potential to end anemia. That's amazing.
The fish shape is catered to Cambodian culture, as mentioned. In the country, the fish symbolized luck. That isn't universal, however, so we explored other potential Lucky Iron shapes by the country:
In Germany and China, little Babes are often considered lucky.
The aquatic smarties were regarded as good fortune as far back as Ancient Greek times. Conversely, this might be a convincing argument to stop hating your belly button dolphin tat. Cute!
Ancient Romans thought frogs ushered good luck directly into the home. Once, growing up, my sister sat on the toilet and a clandestine frogs previously swimming in the bowl leapt directly onto her rear. What I'm saying is I believe this folklore.