Injuries. They’re an occupational hazard for all professional athletes, whether you’re a runner and it’s just you and the road, or if you’re a pro football player with the necessary protective gear. Sports injuries are the name of the game, no matter which sports world you hail from. But eating crickets for athlete injuries may help prevent some unnecessary pain.
We’ve shouted it from the rooftops, and we will shout it out again: crickets are a wonder food for both you and the earth! They’re high in protein, vitamins, lean in fat and take up very little resources as compared to cows, pigs and chickens. But crickets are not just a healthy meal choice for those looking at being healthy and environmentally conscious. They also provide key nutrients to help with injury prevention.
According to Compounding Pharmacy of America, there are a handful of “common injuries and ailments experienced by athletes.” Among these are muscle strains, joint pain and bone fractures—all three of which can be helped by eating crickets. We’re not saying crickets will magically heal a kick to the shin or a labored knee, but we are saying incorporating crickets into your weekly or even daily meal plan can help strengthen your body to prevent such injuries from occurring or taking too serious a turn for the worse.
Let’s break down these injuries and explain how eating crickets for athlete injuries can help.
From shin splints to tennis elbow, muscle strains are caused by overexertion. It makes sense since pro athletes are practicing usually everyday and working the same muscles in the same way over and over again.
Luckily, crickets, packed with calcium are here to play defense! We’ve heard since we were young to drink our milk to build strong bones. And it’s true, our bodies need calcium to build and maintain durable bones. But our heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly, especially when they’re being worked over at high intensity by professional athletes and even everyday athletes training for strength and fitness to improve their quality of life.
Plus, crickets contain more protein than beef or chicken, and though crickets are high in sodium, let’s not forget the important role sodium also plays in our everyday health, helping to control blood pressure and regulate the function of muscles and nerves.
Similar to muscle strains, joint pain can be caused by repeated movements or, unlike muscle strains, can be the result of intense contact or impossibly quick motions. Those fast-twitch muscle-users know exactly what we’re talking about. Whether it’s kicking a socker ball, throwing in a hook to a punching bag or running full sprint, your knees, shoulders and hips are not invincible and need the proper help to strengthen and protect them.
That’s where crickets come in, packing heat. Some important nutrients to note in crickets include Glycosaminoglycan (also known as “GAG”) and, one you might be more familiar with, Omega-3s. Omega-3s have been known to reduce triglycerides, lower high blood pressure, and prevent heart problems because of their anti-inflammatory powers and thus are vital for competitive athletes.
Glycosaminoglycan (GAG)–the repeating two-sugar unit–consists of a uronic sugar and an amino sugar. Because GAGs are highly polar and attract water, they are used in the body as a lubricant or shock absorber. Not bad for those sensitive joints. And they too promote anti-inflammatory activity.
While not—we hope—as common as pulling a muscle or straining a joint, broken bones are part of the game of sports. All it takes is one athlete colliding into another or even so much as landing wrong on an ankle and “snap!” Hello to a season spent in a cast. Sadly, it can mean taking a seat on the bench.
Preventative measures must be taken. Yes—here comes the calcium talk again. What can we say? This is important stuff. Crickets contain more calcium than milk gram for gram, but instead of downing a glass of milk before exerting your body to the limits and feeling the nauseating repercussions of that oh-so-fun lactose, maybe try some cricket protein instead.
Have we convinced you to give crickets for athlete injuries a try? Check out our online shop to purchase cricket powder to use in your own recipes. Need ideas? Visit our recipes page (link below).
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Health benefits and facts found through Compounding Pharmacy of America, EntirelyHealth, Healthline, NCBI, Arthritis.org, and PubMed.gov (US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health).