Supplement your plant-based diet with the Lucky Iron Fish for improved iron levels.
The Lucky Iron Fish is a health innovation that can be easily added to your daily foods or drinks for extra iron.Get Yours
Why are Vegans & Vegetarians At A Higher Risk for Developing Iron Deficiency?
It is important to note that there are 2 types of iron available: Heme and Non-Heme.
Animal-based foods (meats, poultry, seafood, and fish) contain both Heme and Non-Heme iron,
Animal products (dairy & eggs) also contain Non-Heme iron, whereas
Plant-based foods (vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.) only contain Non-Heme iron.
The reason vegans & vegetarians are at a higher risk for developing iron deficiency is because the human body absorbs Heme iron a lot more readily than Non-Heme iron. So someone following a meatless diet (even if they eat dairy and eggs) would need to consume a larger amount of iron-rich foods to meet their body's iron requirement.
As a result, the recommended iron intake is 80% higher for vegetarians and vegans.
When consumed alongside other sources of iron, Lucky Iron Fish is especially helpful with supplementing the higher recommended iron intake for vegans & vegetarians.
Symptoms of low iron include:
- Brittle Nails
- Hair Loss
- Feeling Weak
- Constantly Tired
- Shortness of Breath
- 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.
How Much Iron Do I Need?
The following chart outlines the Recommended Dietary Allowance (in milligrams) for iron.
Iron requirement also varies based on one's lifestyle (for example, high performing athletes, vegans, and vegetarians require a much higher amount of iron than the amounts outlined here).
Source: Health Canada and USDA.
But How Much Iron Is
Lucky Iron Fish releases absorbable iron equivalent to that of a piece of steak or 8 cups of raw spinach.
In addition to regularly using the Lucky Iron Fish, you can also incorporate the following iron-rich foods to help improve your levels:
- Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc.)
- Vegetables (broccoli, peas, mushrooms, etc.)
- Nuts & seeds
- Enriched cereals, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter
- Legumes, Lentils, Tofu
- Grains (quinoa, amaranth)
*Remember to pair these foods with a Vitamin C source to maximize absorption!