Crickets and the Magic of B-12

Though the essential Vitamin B-12 can be found in a variety of foods, including meat and dairy products, it’s not always the easiest to keep tabs on.

Mentally measuring daily nutrients like calcium and protein comes very naturally and your body usually gives clear indicators when you’re running low: nails start to chip, energy levels decrease, and so on. Plus, it’s easy to know when you’ve intaken protein and calcium–have you had any meat and drank any milk? If so, you’re likely in the clear. But vitamins are more complicated to account for and vitamin deficiency isn’t uncommon.

And you definitely don’t want a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. B-12 plays essential roles in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA. This vitamin can be found in poultry, fish (in addition to most other meats) and dairy products, and because your body is capable of storing several years’ worth of vitamin B-12, deficiency is rare. But older adults and those with digestive tract conditions (affecting absorption of nutrients) are at greater risk for running low on B-12, which can lead to effects either as minor as fatigue, muscle weakness, and mood changes, or conditions as serious as anemia, intestinal problems and/or nerve damage.

But, fortunately, crickets are here to lend a helping, hopping hand, especially to those who benefit the most from B-12 intake: athletes, individuals with dementia as well as heart and blood vessel disease and, of course, pregnant mothers.

There is roughly 24 micrograms of B-12 in 100 grams of ground cricket powder, three times more than that found in foods such as salmon. While Vitamin B-12 dosage varies depending on age, gender, lifestyle and other varying factors, the general recommended daily amount of B-12 for adults is 2.4 micrograms. With one serving size of Harmony Cricket’s CRICKET PROTEIN POWDER being 24 grams, you will be getting 150% of your percent daily value.

While additional doses of B-12 have not been proven to assist with increasing athletic performance or increase the chances of a problem-free pregnancy, it has been shown that the lack of B-12 can have serious repercussions. That’s why it’s important to get make sure that your body is absorbing the right about of B-12, if not more than it needs. And, with crickets, that’s a guarantee.

Crickets contain vitamins and nutrients in surplus and adding crickets powder, cricket protein or cricket flour to your meal plan and a great way to check all the boxes for the essentials your body craves. Normally, baking cookies isn’t the path to filling your body up with vitamins. But, add cricket powder and suddenly that cookie is a health must.

For more delicious, B-12-filled, Harmony Cricket treats, visit our online shop.

xo

Le Cricket Queen

Health benefits and facts found through Mayo Clinic, Deccan Chronicle and Ento Market.

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