About Lucky Iron Fish
Who are we?
Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise (LIFE) is a Canadian social enterprise dedicated to solving iron deficiency and anemia, a problem that affects 2 billion people worldwide and has devastating social and economic consequences. Established on December 12, 2012, we produce and sell the Lucky Iron Fish, which is a simple cooking tool that acts as a reusable iron fortifier. Our aim is to run a sustainable, scalable, and impactful social enterprise that makes the world a better and healthier place. We are a certified B-Corporation and are in the top ten percent of B-Corp certified businesses worldwide, reflecting our commitment to people and the planet. With our Buy-One-Give-One program, for each Lucky Iron Fish sold, we donate an additional fish to a family in need and distribute these Lucky Iron Fish with the help of non-profit partners.
The Lucky Iron Fish
The Lucky Iron Fish is shaped after the kantrop fish - a symbol of luck in Cambodia, and also a commonly-found fish in Cambodian rivers, where this idea began. It’s made from specially formulated iron that is released from the Fish when boiled for 10 minutes in slightly acidified water or broth. The unique size, shape and surface area of the Fish are designed to release a safe and consistent amount of iron when used as directed. Our clinical research shows that using the Lucky Iron Fish 3 times a week for 3-12 months increases levels of circulating and stored iron. It does not change the taste, colour or smell of the food it is cooked in, and can be reused for up to 5 years.The Lucky Iron Fish is a natural, affordable, and effective way to add healthy iron to your diet, and help improve the lives of others.
For more information about the Lucky Iron Fish, check out our FAQs.
Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia
Iron deficiency negatively impacts the lives of 2 billion people around the planet. It is seen in both the developed and developing world and can cause severe health consequences. Some people are born with iron deficiency issues, and others develop the problem because of many reasons, such as:
- Life changes (such as pregnancy, nursing or heavy flow menstruation)
- Poor diet or diet changes (by not eating enough food that contains absorbable iron)
- Increased iron needs (like an endurance athlete)
- The onset of illness, like ones that prevent iron absorption (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Increased bleeding can also lead to iron deficiency (post surgery or parasitic infections)
Iron is an incredibly important nutrient that helps blood to carry oxygen throughout our bodies. So, when people are iron deficient, they can experience many symptoms including:
- Feeling weak
- Constantly tired
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Heart palpitations
- Pale complexion
- Frequent nausea
Extreme cases of iron deficiency can be fatal, and are usually treated with blood transfusions. If left untreated, iron deficiency can make people more susceptible to illness and infection.
Historically, daily iron supplements are taken to treat low iron, however, they only treat circulating (and not stored) iron, making the body dependent on the daily dose, and have many negative side effects such as nausea and constipation.
The Lucky Iron Fish is a simple and safe way to add iron to your food, providing an appropriate amount of daily absorbable iron, without side effects. We strongly recommend individuals speak to their doctor if they feel they may be iron deficient.
The following chart outlines the Recommended Dietary Allowance (in milligrams) for iron, according to Health Canada.
Note: The requirement for iron is 1.8 times higher for vegetarians due to the lower bioavailability of iron from a vegetarian diet.