At first glance, you may think that it’s just a normal iron fish, but lo and behold, it’s actually doing more wonders than bringing good luck—it’s actually saving lives! Although it may not look like much, learning more about this small lucky fish proves beneficial to many families, not only in Cambodia but in other countries as well.
When Canadian science graduate and epidemiologist Dr. Christopher Charles, traveled to Cambodia six years ago, instead of finding healthy children, he found kids who were small and weak and also pregnant women who were always tired and having headaches. He discovered that anemia was a huge public health problem there. The condition is caused by iron deficiency and roughly half of Cambodia’s population (mostly children and pregnant women) are affected with it.
But one lucky little fish changed all of that.
Dr. Charles’ small, fish-shaped invention, the Lucky Iron Fish (fish is a symbol of luck in the Cambodian culture), is a very helpful tool in eradicating anemia. It releases iron at the right concentration while cooking.
One small Lucky Iron fish can provide an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to five years! Isn’t it amazing?
It is a simple yet affordable and a very effective solution that anyone can use to help fight iron-deficiency anaemia. According to their website, “After just 9 months of using the Lucky Iron Fish every day, we saw a 50% decrease in the incidence of clinical iron deficiency anemia, and an increase in users’ iron levels. And people are feeling the difference. That’s why the Lucky Iron Fish has become an integral part of their lives.”
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