Did you know that anemia is the most common blood disorder in the world? According to the World Health Organization, it affects 2 billion people across the globe, and according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, it affects more than 3 million Americans. Now finally, there’s a shockingly simple answer to this problem: a little iron slab called Lucky Iron Fish. All you have to do is drop it into your food while cooking.

It all started when creator Chris Charles was searching for an answer to the anemia problem in Cambodia, where it is causing a large part of the population to suffer from weakness, impaired cognitive ability, compromised physical development in children, and increased risk of illness. Anemia can even lead to death.

His quest led to the idea of putting this little iron fish into the food, each time you cook. It is nothing but a fish-shaped cast iron ingot used as a dietary iron supplement. It lasts for around five years, and can provide an entire family with up to 75 percent of their recommended daily iron intake. What’s more—the ingots are made in Cambodia, out of locally recycled material, and crafted by local groups, including several Cambodians who have been disabled by land mines.

Now, a foundation called Lucky Iron Fish, which was developed and founded by Gavin Armstrong, is spreading this lovely solution across Cambodia and the world. So far, more than 51,000 people have been helped by this little fish after just 9 months of using it, and they’ve experienced a 50 percent decrease in the incidence of clinical iron deficiency (anemia).

Watch this video to see how this multiple award winning, B-Corp certified company is making the world a better place in a socially and environmentally responsible way, with local staff, using recycled and biodegradable materials, and supporting like-minded businesses and organizations. You’ll understand why this fish has been named as one of the 5 innovations that will change the world, by MacLean’s magazine.

For more information on the Lucky Iron Fish, visit www.luckyironfish.com. And if you or someone you know suffers from anemia, you can try some of these dietary changes:

  • Eat small, healthy meals and include foods like celery sticks and carrots in your diet. Carrots remove toxins, boost immunity and are also rich in provitamin A (betacarotene), B, C, D, E and K. They increase red blood cells that are essential to treat anemia.
  • Go for easy-to-use forms of iron such as leafy green vegetables, parsley, kale and broccoli. Iron in these non-meat products is called non-heme iron. To ensure that iron gets absorbed in your body, increase your vitamin C intake by having broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red peppers, papaya, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and cantaloupe.
  • However, if you like meat, you can have four ounces of organic liver three times a week.
  • If you don’t eat meat, include 10-20 raisins and currants in your diet, per day. These are loaded with iron.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.