The best way to get iron into your diet is by cooking with it – meaning cast iron pots or a Lucky Iron Fish. The Lucky Iron Fish is a small fish-shaped iron cooking tool that infuses your meals with iron to help prevent iron deficiency and anemia.
Lucky Iron Fish is designed to simply be dropped in boiling water or liquid based meals for 10 minutes to release a significant portion of your daily recommended iron. Cooking with this specially formulated iron ingot can release up to 75% of a persons daily required iron intake.
By infusing your meals with iron, the Lucky Iron Fish makes this mineral easy to digest and does not cause constipation, unlike iron supplements.
Iron is the nutrient that helps blood move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and it helps muscles store and use oxygen. Low iron levels can impact energy levels, concentration, memory, and performance.
Iron deficiency is the world’s largest nutritional challenge impacting over 2 billion people, according to research. Women in marginalised communities are at an even greater risk of developing deficiency and anemia.
Manufactured in Cambodia, the Canadian social enterprise, Lucky Iron Fish employs “hard-to-employ Cambodians” to manufacture the fish-shaped iron ingots using recycled scrap iron from a nearby factory.
For every iron fish bought (which costs $25) one is donated to a family in Cambodia, where half the population is suffering from iron deficiency. It has already donated 34,000 fish in Asia and says its tests show that regular use reduces the prevalence of anemia by up to 46%.
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