The Magical Healer: Bone Broth
Updated: May 1
Bone broth has been the hot new thing, and it's about time! Bone broth's history dates back centuries. It's a natural and super easy multivitamin and superfood for your dog (and yourself).
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a liquid that contains brewed bones and connective tissue and has a gelatinous texture. Bone broth benefits the joints and digestive system! Since the broth brews bones & connective tissue, it is rich in natural compounds from cartilage.
What Are These Magical Benefits?
It is packed full of quality essential and non-essential amino acids (protein) that help rebuild muscles and tissue.
Collagen is the main protein found in bones, tendons, and ligaments. Using these collagen-rich bones, bone broth retains all the beneficial amino acids for joint health. During the long and slow cooking process, collagen is transformed into another protein called gelatin which gives the bone broth its signature jello texture. In addition, proline and glycine are used to create connective tissues. These connective tissues include tendons, ligaments, and more, which all connect bones. Bone broth also contains chondroitin and glucosamine, which are naturally found in cartilage. Several studies have shown the positive effect both of these compounds have on joint pain.
When the bones steep in the hot liquid, it is pulling out all the nutrients from the bone. Inside the bones lives bone marrow, which is a great source of quality fat, collagen, and vitamins & minerals such as:
Bone broth is anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation in the gut is where all illness begins. Feeding anti-inflammatory foods is a super immune booster and prevents chronic diseases. Bone broth does this by supplying the body with anti-inflammatory amino acids that help heal the intestinal barrier. For example, glutamine, an amino acid in gelatin, helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal barrier, which plays a key role in preventing and curing "Leaky Gut." "Leaky Gut" is connected to many illnesses. It is when the intestinal barrier between the gut and bloodstream is impaired. This allows foreign and harmful substances to leak into the bloodstream, which leads to inflammation and other health problems.