Fighting iron deficiency anaemia much better than tablets: the Lucky Iron Fish

One little fish is making a big difference

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One Lucky Iron Fish can provide an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to 5 years. All you have to do is cook with it. It’s a simple, affordable, and effective solution anyone can use.

The standard solution for iron deficiency – iron supplements or tablets – isn’t working in developing countries. Iron supplements tablets are neither affordable nor widely available, and because of the side-effects people don’t like taking them.

Dr Christopher Charles had a novel idea. Inspired by previous research which showed that cooking in cast iron pots increased the iron content of food, he decided to put a lump of iron into the cooking pot, made from melted-down metal.

If the iron fish is used every day in the correct way, Dr Charles says it should provide 75% of an adult’s daily recommended intake of iron – and even more of a child’s.

Trials on several hundred villagers in one province in Cambodia showed that nearly half of those who took part were no longer anaemic after 12 months…

Read Why an iron fish can make you stronger and watch the iron fish videos.

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