The Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth is amazing! If you have joint pain, adding bone broth to your diet will improve joint pain because of the collagen in the broth. The health of your joints depends on the health of the collagen in your ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of your bones. Bone broth is full of glycosaminoglycans (aka GAG’s). One of these almost everyone has heard of or is currently taking is glucosamine.. Before you say,”Wait, I don’t need bone broth. I’m already taking a glucosamine supplement”, there are other things that bone broth has to offer. When you consume bone broth you also get chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and a bunch of other important glycosaminoglycans that haven’t even been discovered yet. The GAG’s from bone broth are resistant to digestion and are absorbed in their intact form. These intact GAG’s stimulate cells called fibroblasts which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and the arteries.
If you have digestive or gastrointestinal issues, adding bone broth to your diet can heal your gut and aid digestion! Collagen is a protein and the building material to renew cells in all areas of the body including: the hair, skin, nails, eyes, teeth, cartilage, bones, tendons, organs, arteries, blood vessels, hemoglobin, immune cells and the immune system. It is found in the connective tissues, bone marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments of all animals. The collagen in bone broth can heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. It does this by “patching” the holes in the gut lining sort of like patching a screen. Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract and can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, food sensitivities, leaky gut, acid reflux and autoimmune diseases. The breakdown of collagen in bone broth is what produces gelatin. Gelatin promotes probiotic balance and growth in your gut making your immune system stronger. Gelatin helps people who have food allergies and sensitivities (such as gluten and dairy) tolerate those foods better.
Another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth, it makes your skin look amazing! Collagen makes your skin supple and smooth and can decrease cellulite! Our skin, hair and nails are made up of collagen and as we age the production of collagen and elastin slows down causing our skin to sag and wrinkle. Collagen tightens the skin, reduces wrinkles and reduces fine lines.
Bone broth also helps get toxins out and strengthens the immune system. Our liver is our main organ of detoxification and it was never meant to withstand the very toxic, chemical filled world we live in today. Its capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. Bone broth has tons of glycine! Glycine is also used to make bile salts and glutathione, improve sleep, memory and performance. Bone broth also has other amino acids including arginine, glutamine and proline. Arginine is necessary for immune system function and wound healing, production and release of growth , hormone, regenerates damaged liver cells and is needed for sperm production. Proline helps to regenerate cartilage and heal joints, reduce cellulite and make skin more supple. Glutamine protects the gut lining, is metabolic fuel for cells in small intestine, and improves metabolism and muscle building.
I used to take a glucosamine supplement for pain in my right shoulder and my knees. It would dull the pain, but the pain never really went away. I started drinking bone broth earlier this year in January as part of a change in diet and after a couple of weeks of drinking 1-2 cups of bone broth a day the pain is gone. I still drink it on most days, and I do notice a difference if I run out for a few days. I would recommend drinking an 8 oz cup once or twice daily as a soup or beverage, With all of its heath benefits, shouldn’t you give it a try? Bone broth is amazing!
You can find an easy recipe for bone broth here