A lot of people on Paleohacks keep talking about bone broth. What health benefits does it offer? What vitamins and minerals or other nutrients does it have that I can't get from other foods? It is known to reverse or reduce any particular disease or metabolic disorder? Can it be bought ready-made or do I have to make it myself?
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The Amazing Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Besides the exquisite flavor that bone broth imparts into any savory dish, it:
Is full of minerals. Fortifies the immune system. Enhances digestion. Nourishes all body parts related to collagen. This means joints, tendons, ligaments, skin, mucus membranes, and bone.
Bone Broth Is Mineral Rich
Clearly, long-cooked broth made from bones will be rich in a dynamic array of minerals. Bone is, after all, highly mineralized. A well-made bone broth will give your body calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate, and fluoride. All delivered in a form that your body understands. In order to pull these precious minerals from the bone during cooking, add an acid, like apple cider vinegar, to the water before cooking. How the Collagen in Bone Broth Heals the Gut
Bones, marrow, skin, tendons, ligaments, and the cartilage that sometimes accompanies a bone are all made of a protein molecule called collagen. Collagen contains two very special amino acids: proline and glycine.
Collagen has been found to help heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach and the intestines. This means that heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and many of the conditions associated with intestinal inflammation can be helped with bone broth.
Collagen and gelatin have been shown to benefit gastric ulcers. (1) Proline is necessary for the formation of collagen. Glycine improves digestion by increasing gastric acid secretion. (2) Glutamine, also found in bone broth, is important metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. (3)
Besides collagen, cartilage contains something called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Studies have found an underlying deficiency of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. (4) Correcting a deficiency and helping to repair a compromised gut wall is another good reason to consume bone broth regularly.
As my n=1, I can anecdotally share with you that drinking bone broth is very healing when I have nausea or GERD. Also, I sometimes don't feel like eating, but know that it's time to get some nutrition onboard, so I use broth at those times as well.
If you want to clear up joint and back problems this is a huge step in the right direction. I did it, my sister did it and now another friend has done it. It's what glucosamine/chondroitin only dreamed about being. Not only that, I had eczema-like skin conditions that are now as smooth as a baby's butt. Take a look at this video from Dr Cate - http://drcate.com/sore-feet-are-shoes-the-cause-of-running-pain/
Thank you wickedween for you informative link and information! My husband has both Celiac and chrohns disease and I've been making bone broth for him for years. I did not realize that benefits of the gelled broth until reading your post. I keep 2 quarts in the freezer for when he needs it after a flare up. He has had broth for a week at a time on more than one occassion and it really helped him get back to normal. Store bought just doesn't do anything for him, and it has no flavor. Thanks again, you post explains a lot and makes a lot fo sense.
I'm a very happy man. Had a life time Of petit Mal short sharp electric Shocks in my body each day. Nothing I did helped. I cooked my first beef bone broth ever last week and Hey presto! No shocks. Drank two strong Cups of broth first which was full on. Vomited black Stuff up that night. Now my cells feel like They are getting all the oxygen they Deserve. Body us buzzing with life and Smooth sustained energy.
I also have chronic leg pains from hips but pain has also Eased. I'm prescribing myself with a cup every morning At least!
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