Chitin, the magical nutrient
Meet Chitin, the world’s most magical nutrient
What is chitin and where can it be found?
Chitin (pronounced “kite-in”) is a fiber found naturally in the exoskeletons of crabs, shrimps, insects, snails, and fungi. It is the second most abundant natural biopolymer in the world, behind cellulose.
What are the benefits of chitin?
Chitin is shown to be beneficial to the gut and immune system. Increasing your intake of chitin through supplements like cricket protein powder may help spur the growth of healthy gut bacteria. This in turn improves the immune system, which lives primarily in the gut.
Additionally, chitin has been found to have antioxidant properties, which reduce inflammation in the body. This makes it useful in the prevention and treatment of many inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease.
Other benefits of chitin
As a dietary fiber, chitin also promotes weight loss and prevents constipation. Chitin fiber helps soften stool and reduces the risk of hemorrhoids in the colon. Additionally, the feeling of fullness that comes from consuming fiber can help to suppress appetite, making it easier to stick to a weight-loss plan.
In addition to its internal benefits, chitin has also been found to have benefits for the skin. When applied to the face, it serves as a natural moisturizer and restores skin.
Best way to add chitin into your diet
Cricket powder contains an excellent source of chitin, as well as all 9 essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Eating cricket powder has been shown to be beneficial for gut health and the rest of the body. As more and more people experience food sensitivities and gut problems, this gut-friendly protein powder is becoming increasingly popular.
Unfortunately, some consumers allergic to the tropomyosin protein found in shellfish are also likely allergic to cricket powder. Those with a crustacean shellfish allergen are advised to avoid cricket powder. Additionally, some consumers are allergic to chitin. Those suffering from asthma should consult with a doctor before trying cricket protein.
Excluding asthma and crustacean allergen cases, Mighty Cricket’s gut-friendly protein is an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their gut health and overall well-being.
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