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Research update - Lucky Iron Fish significantly increases hemoglobin levels and reduces anemia in rural Guatemalan community

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A recently completed research study again confirms the positive impact of the Lucky Iron Fish®️ on iron deficiency anemia (IDA).

Researchers at Washington State University and the American nonprofit organization ‘Hearts in Motion’ published the results of a year-long trial testing the efficacy of the Lucky Iron Fish on IDA with anemic individuals in three isolated villages in rural Guatemala (n=145).

At the end of the 52-week study 56 participants (38%) returned to have their iron status retested. The researchers reported that the participants who used the Lucky Iron Fish on a regular basis had significantly increased hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, and 80% of those re-tested were no longer anemic. Additionally, the participants’ compliance rate for regular use of the Lucky Iron Fish was 75% over the period of the trial.

“We are pleased to see the results of this study as it further verifies how a simple innovation can have major implications on improving quality of life, overall health, and subsequently, and global GDP,” says Gavin Armstrong, Founder and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise.

For this study, anemic individuals in three villages in rural Guatemala were recruited. Each family was provided with a Lucky Iron Fish and sufficient sachets of vitamin C for the one-year. The families were provided with nutrition education and given instruction on how to use the Lucky Iron Fish on a regular basis. The researchers measured changes in participants’ hemoglobin and hematocrit compared with baseline as well as compliance rate for use of the Lucky Iron Fish.

For ethical reasons, no control group was included in the study but the prevalence of iron deficiency and anemia in villages was approximately 45-50% at the onset of study period (determined by pin-prick blood analysis). All participants included in the study provided informed consent.

Apart from the education provided at the start of the study, there were no other interventions or contact with the villagers until 52 weeks later.

Statistically, the study significant mean differences is in hemoglobin and hematocrit (p <0.001) at the end of the trial, as well as the 80% reduction of anemia and 75% compliance rate. These results are similar to other published data testing the efficacy of the Lucky Iron Fish on the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia and compliance rate using the Lucky Iron Fish for the regular preparation of meals.

The full research results are found here.