If you are a living human woman (and if you aren’t living or human, cool, we’re finally reaching some outlier demographics in our readership!) it’s pretty likely you have, or have had at least a moderate iron deficiency. Especially if you aren’t eating lots of red meat and iron-rich veggies; our bodies get rid of iron monthly and we often don’t do much to replenish it, and iron deficiencies are NOT fun – they can make you anemic, tired, lethargic, even depressed and sometimes very sick. According to the Lucky Iron Fish website, iron deficiency effects some 3.5 billion people worldwide, and so Gavin Armstrong and his team decided to do something about it.
The small iron fish, initially developed by Dr. Christopher Charles (now on the Lucky Iron Fish board) and then redeveloped by Gavin Armstrong, is an adorable little implement that can be used in cooking to impart healthy levels of iron into your food. You just drop the fish into your boiling water (with some citrus to aid in iron absorption) for ten minutes, then take it out and continue on with your cooking. The fish lasts for five years, and has been developed according to extensive international standards testing for quality and safety.
I’ve always been pretty proud of my iron levels; doctors were always impressed that my iron was so high “for a girl,” at least until I told them about the quantities of red meat I consumed. These days, I’m eating a little less red meat, and I’m not exactly a huge fan of spinach—nor do I feel like taking an iron supplement everyday. Using this fish is as easy as dropping it into the pot before I make my stew.
Iron deficiency is a major issue in Cambodia, so team has dedicated their resources not only to helping the people there by providing one lucky fish to a family for every one we buy, but also by develop their product there, creating jobs. In a study of families in Cambodia, after nine months of using the Lucky Iron Fish everyday, there was a 50% decrease in clinical iron deficiency anemia, and an increase in virtually all user’s iron levels. Pretty impressive. And the fish is a symbol of luck there, hence the cute design.
I’ve ordered one, and I think these would make a great gift to yourself or someone you care about. I spoke with Gavin, the CEO, on the phone, and after a week officially in business, they sold out of their stock and the Lucky Iron Fish are now on backorder – a great sign that folks are paying attention. I think this could make a great addition to anyone’s kitchen, and you’re helping out others too. What’s not to like?
For more info, or to buy your own Lucky Iron Fish, visit their website.