Bone Broth: The Joint Health Miracle
There’s a reason bone broths have been consumed since the hunter-gatherer days, they do the body good! In the past few decades, science has uncovered that consuming these nutrient dense, easy to digest liquids produces a laundry list of health benefits, including reducing joint pain, promoting gut health, and keeping your hair, skin and nails beautiful. In this article, we will focus on just one of those benefits – joint health.
At Soupure, we make our bone broths using the essential ingredients highest in naturally occurring collagens — including bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. We also source our ingredients from organic, antibiotic free animals that are air-chilled or grass-fed. Since bone broth requires a long cooking time to render the collagens, it is important to know the source of your bone broth since you will be consuming these beneficial, or potentially harmful, ingredients as they work up the food chain – to you! Many broths in the market use little, or no animal bones in their products, opting instead for cheaper ingredients such as meat flavored bouillon cubes, animal fats or monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is actually a neurotoxin. An easy way to understand the importance of using actual animal bones is to consider what all bones are mainly made from – collagen (with calcium). Collagen is a protein that provides a soft framework of the bone. Collagen is found in vertebrate animals — in their bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. Collagen is also the most abundant protein in our human bodies. It is in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons.
Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen – it’s the way we can eat the beneficial amino acids in the collagen without having to sit down to a lovely plate of raw tendons for dinner. Gelatin is one of the most valuable components of bone broth, slowing the deterioration of our body by acting as a soft cushion in our joints, helping bones “glide” without friction. Gelatin also provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting healthy bone mineral density. It is what gives our skin strength and elasticity. As we get older, however, our collagen production naturally begins to slow down and we see visible signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pain (due to degradation of joint cartilage) and reduced joint flexibility. Among the most popular benefits of broth are the naturally occurring chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, which have a remarkable impact on reducing inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. Bone broth proteins also deliver a benefit for rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease marked by painful damage to the tendons and ligaments.
Maximising the benefits of animal bones is not a quick and easy process. But, it is a necessary one as the use and quality of the animal bones and the process by which they are cooked make all the difference to your health. As close to homemade broth as you’ll get without hours of labor, we handcraft our organic chicken and beef bone broths in small batches. Our chicken bone broth is made by simmering the bones, joints, and feet from strict quality assurance checked, antibiotic free & pastured organic chickens for 24 hours. When bone broth simmers slowly, collagen from the animal parts leaches into the broth and becomes readily absorbable by our bodies. Our organic beef broth is made from grass fed beef bones, and simmers for 48 hours. The quality of the meat ensures no antibiotics or hormones are ever used. And, the long, low-heat cook time guarantees maximum health benefits and a complex, delightfully flavored bone broth highlighted by fresh herbs such as rosemary & thyme.
Our bodies naturally withdraw from our valuable “collagen bank” as we age, thus it is important to make like deposits into this bank to balance these withdrawals. And, since collagen supports collagen, bone broths made from animal bones are just the collagen deposit our bodies need to work at their best.
Research done by the Department of Nutrition and Sports Nutrition for Athletics at Penn State University found that when athletes supplemented with collagen over the course of 24 weeks, the majority showed significant improvements in joint comfort and a decrease in factors that negatively impacted athletic performance. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885). While the amino acids in chicken breasts help rebuild muscles after weightlifting, the amino acid profile of bone broth nourishes ligaments, tendons, joints and synovial fluid. This may explain why the bone broth craze has spread to the most elite athletes, like Lakers legend Kobe Bryant who incorporates bone broth into his diet to recover from joint and bone injuries which had increased in the latter part of his career.
We at Soupure take great pride in making our broths the right way, using the correct ingredients, so that you can reap the health benefits that these magical elixirs provide. Grab a Healing Broth 8-Pack today to have for yourself & share with friends.
Check in next week when we discuss how amazing bone broths are for beautiful hair, skin & nails.