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This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives


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Jun 6, 2005
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This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives - by Emily Matchar/ Innovation/ SmithsonianMag.com

"Iron deficiency is one of the most common global nutrition problems, affecting some 3.5 billion people, or nearly half the world’s population. Of those, around 2 billion have full-blown iron deficiency anemia, meaning the levels of iron in their blood are low enough to cause serious symptoms. These range from dizziness and fatigue to cognitive impairment and infections. In the worst cases, the condition can even lead to death. Iron deficiency is responsible for about 841,000 deaths a year.

In the developed world, eating iron-rich foods, such as meat, eggs and leafy greens, or taking an iron supplement can solve the problem. But for many in the developing world, iron deficiency anemia remains a stubborn problem.

Now, a Canadian company is offering a novel, low-tech solution. They’re distributing fish-shaped iron ingots to rural Cambodian households with the instructions to place the fish in their cooking pots while preparing meals. The iron from the fish leaches into the food and raises iron levels in the blood..."


(Lucky Iron Fish)