Sunday, December 30, 2012

Getting Iron Into A Woman’s Diet Reduces Birth Problems–IRON FISH?

ironfishCambodia's women have a major problem with anemia, which has resulted in premature labor, hemorrhaging during birth, and poor brain development among their babies.

Chris Charles, a graduate student from the University of Guelph in Canada, figured out a brilliant way to work with the locals to increase the amount of iron in their diet without changing their eating habits.

Iron pots are expensive, so getting new cookware wasn't an option. Neither was asking them to buy iron-boosting pills. So Charles came up with an idea. He shaped iron blocks like a fish which are 3 to 4 inches long. The locals consider a fish to be lucky.

The person leaves the iron fish in a pot while water boils. This provides the villagers with 75 percent of their daily iron requirement.

Better still, the fishes are only $1.50 each and can last for up to three years. Since the fish was introduced, anemia levels have drastically declined and villagers have started feeling much healthier as a result.

Iron deficiency affects 3.5 billion people around the globe, proving that Charles's idea has world-changing potential.

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