For centuries fermented foods haves been classed as traditional in many cultures and recognized for their health benefits. One of those foods that is now being touted for its amazing healing properties is bone broth.
Bone broth has been known to treat a number of ailments like leaky gut syndrome, joint pain, food intolerance’s and the immune system.
It is my number one go to food because of its nutrient density and how good it is at healing the gut. Bone broth is made by boiling bones at low heat of just about any animal for extended periods of time. (especially the marrow bones)
This can range anywhere from about 2 to 48 hours depending on the vessel you are cooking it in. Typically you add vegetables in the way of carrots, onion, celery and garlic.
When finished, the used bones and vegetables are usually strained and thrown away. The liquid that is left behind is the broth which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
This is so good for you and is the basis of the diet that I follow and recommend.
We have only recently become aware of the wonderful detoxing and healing properties that bone broth has to offer. Something our ancestors have known and encouraged for years.
I remember my grandmother always used to make me chicken soup when I wasn’t feeling well and swore that this soup could heal almost anything.
Joints and Arthritis
As we age we loose the cartilage in our joints because of wear and tear. A protein know as collagen can help restore this cartilage, but where do we get this protein other than pharmaceutical supplements?
Bone broth is a natural source of collagen and as the broth slowly boils this protein is leached out of the animals bones, tendons, ligaments, marrow and connective tissue. When collagen is heated it is broken down and becomes gelatin which is a mixture of proteins and peptides.
Gelatin can help in restoring worn cartilage by acting as a cushion between the joints which enables them to glide easily and become more flexible. It also helps in the formation of strong bones which alleviates the pressure on the joints.
Some minerals that are found in bone broth are calcium, magnesium, silicon and glycosaminoglycans. These minerals are known to improve joint health and alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Bone broth is the Ideal detox method because not only does it heal the gut, but it is full of antioxidants which help to expel waste and maintain tissue integrity.
This broth also contains an abundance of amino acids of which proline and glycine play a big role in removing toxins from the liver and restoring longevity.
Importantly bone broth supplies us with the two nutrients sulfur and glutathione which helps to lower oxidative stress and also in combating cell damage.
Bone broth is perfect for people with food sensitivities or conditions like gluten intolerance because the gelatin in the broth is known to sooth and coat the gastrointestinal tract and also help to keep the nutrients from escaping through the gut lining.
This restores and strengthens the gut which helps to fight food intolerance’s by balancing the microorganisms within.
The amino acids found in the gelatin help to reduce inflammation and build or rebuild the tissue that lines the entire GI tract.
Gelatin has been specifically known to help people with lactose and gluten intolerance’s in order to tolerate those foods.
Immune System and Leaky Gut
Because most of the immune system operates in the gut. It makes sense in order to heal a compromised immune system you have to repair the gut first.
When undigested food particles filter though the intestinal wall and enters the blood stream it causes the immune system to become hyperactive.
This increases inflammation and leads to the immune system releasing high levels of antibodies which then attack healthy tissue and result in a leaky gut.
The main benefit of bone broth is to repair the gut and thus heal the immune system.
Gelatin and its makeup of amino acids help to seal the openings in the intestinal lining and stop the particles from entering the blood stream. This repairs the gut and in turn heals the immune system.
Bone Broth’s Super Nutrients
Once the bones, marrow, connective joints and ligaments have finished boiling and braking down the collagen within them. The result is a protein called gelatin which is made up of eight amino acids.
Below is a brief description of both collagen and gelatin.
When we think of collagen we tend only to think of elasticity in the skin and a more youthful appearance, but did you know that collagen also helps to seal the lining of the intestines and thus helps to stop leaky gut.
It also helps with IBS, Crohn’s, acid reflux symptoms and because of its gel like structure helps us to build up the cartilage between our bones so we can move more freely.
Gelatin which is the breakdown of collagen is that fatty layer on top of the broth that looks as though it should be unhealthy for us, but actually it is the best part as it helps people to tolerate the foods that cause them food allergies and intolerance’s.
It provides us with the minerals to build healthy bones which ease joint pain and prevent bone loss. Gelatin also encourages probiotic growth and balance which ensures a healthy immune system.
Bone broth is one of my staple foods which I considered a multivitamin and take twice a day.
In my opinion in order to treat any gluten intolerance be it digestive or neurological you have got to start at the source and that is what we put into our mouths.
For example, take the condition leaky gut which is linked to many diseases and neurological symptoms. These conditions are all thought to be brain related, but by healing leaky gut through foods like bone broth, many can be improved.
If I can leave you with one last though and that is to buy organic bones because of growth hormones, chemicals, antibiotics etc.
When the animals are exposed to these types of chemicals and toxins, they are absorbed through the bones and into the marrow. Therefore if non organic bones are used these toxins are leached out of the bones and passed on to you in the broth.
If you have any questions about this topic or have any experiences from using bone broth please drop me a Comment below as I would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your responses.