EPISODE 169: “Lucky Fish” Cure for Anemia?

When most people think about world hunger and poverty, they often think of Vitamin A deficiency impacting vision or distended abdomens from protein deficiency in developing countries. Oddly, a much bigger problem affects people across the globe: iron deficiency. Low iron can lead to weakness, impaired cognitive ability, increased risk of illness, and even death – and as many as 50% of the population are at risk.

To solve this problem, please meet, Gavin Armstrong, the purpose-driven entrepreneur behind the Lucky Iron Fish. As the name suggests, this solution is quite literally a “lucky fish” made of iron and used in cooking to add iron into your diet. It’s elegantly simple, scientifically proven, and the compliance rate is off the charts.

Every iron fish can provide an entire family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake for up to 5 years. All you have to do is cook with it!

Listen in to learn:

  • Why iron deficiency can cause up to 20% loss of work ability
  • How low iron makes you more susceptible to malaria and HIV
  • 3.5 billion people have deficiency
  • The complexity of iron supplementation
  • Since 2000, deficiency is up 10% globally
  • Why tannins block iron absorption
  • Why those with hemochromatosis must be wary of iron
  • $70 billion in lost productivity

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Gavin Armstrong is a PhD Candidate in biomedical science at the University of Guelph [golf] and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has received the William J. Clinton Hunger Leadership Award and the Michaëlle Jean Humanitarian Award. He has also received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 in the Guelph community, and has been named a fellow emeritus of both the Hunger Solutions Institute and the Kirchner Food Fellowship.

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