This Lucky Charm Is Helping Solve a Global Health Problem

By Anne Cacherell

Affecting nearly 3.5 billion people globally, Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional problem in the world. This preventable condition can lead to impaired cognitive ability, compromised physical development in children, increased risk of illness and even death if not taken seriously.

Alarmed by this nutritional disorder that affects a considerable proportion of the entire world’s population, Canadian scientist Christopher Charles invented the Lucky Iron Fish, fish-shaped cast iron ingots that are used to fight iron deficiency anemia.

The Lucky Iron Fish was first introduced in Cambodia since 50% of its population is suffering from anemia. Furthermore, the concept of the shape of this piece of metal was inspired by this country’s culture’s symbol of luck – the fish.

It is very easy to use as well. All you have to do is place this piece of iron in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes and cook with it. A single iron fish can sustain an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to 5 years.

It would be nice if they will be able to produce this project on a larger scale and distribute it to more families worldwide. Would you like to avail some of these for your family and friends? Spread the good news by sharing this story. Also, don’t hesitate to share with us your thoughts about this amazing invention.