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A majority of Cambodians suffer from iron deficiency because their staple diet doesn’t include many iron-rich foods. Low iron levels can result in fatigue, muscle weakness, memory loss, poor circulation and heart problems. Thanks to a simple but ingenious (and sustainable) solution, iron deficiency, currently the most widespread form of malnutrition worldwide, may soon be on its way out.

The Lucky Iron Fish is made from reclaimed iron, melted down by local smiths and molded into a fish shape, then packaged and sold by disability co-operative organizations that employ those injured during the Khmer Rouge regime. When boiled in soup or water, small amounts of iron leach out of the fish into the food, where it can be easily absorbed by the body. Clinical studies have shown that using the fish can provide up to 75 percent of the daily recommended iron intake, and communities that have used it have shown decreased levels of deficiency. Check out this video, and remember to eat your spinach.

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