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Bone Broth - The first choice for nourishing your body to the core.. literally!

"Good broth will resurrect the dead," says a South American proverb.

Bone broths have been used for centuries to heal the unwell. Many cultures use this as a staple in cooking and have their own techniques for making this deeply nourishing concoction.

I have personally experienced some pretty profound benefits of bone broth. I found out I was pregnant while I was still nursing my 20 month old son. He was not nursing frequently, but at least 3 times a day. The first trimester is a energetic drag to begin with and to add the nutrient and energy demands of nursing just that much was a real drainer for me.. I basically slept for 3 months! But, when I started making soup with the beef bone broth I notice some pretty great benefits. My energy got better, my hair and skin and nails were more nourished, I felt less aches and pains, I had better sleep, and this may be TMI, but, I felt like I was digesting and eliminating like a champ! Overall, a great tonic for times of extreme exhaustion.

There are many major health benefits in bone broth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, bone broth is beneficial for the following:

  • Nourishes or your liver, lung, spleen and kidney qi directly
  • Replenishes your Jing Qi (your original qi you were born with... sort of like your energetic pilot light)
  • Strengthens your bones, connective tissues and sinews (tendons and ligaments)
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Assists the body's ability to build blood and yin
  • Builds your bodies general qi
  • Replenishes devastated qi in times of extreme illness

Now how does this all translate into terms you can really grasp? Well, here you go.. in Western/nutritional terms, bone broth is beneficial for the following:

  • Providing nourishment for the musculo-skeletal system.
  • Bone Broth contains a natural and abundant source Collagen and Gelatin. They are responsible for rebuilding and nourishing cartilage, bone, skin, tendon and ligaments.
  • Basically, collagen is the same as gelatin. Collagen is the word used for its form when found in the body, and gelatin refers to the extracted collagen that is used as food. Bone broth produces a rubbery gelatin when cooled.
  • Soft tissue and wound healing
  • Formation and repair of cartilage and bone
  • Healing and coating the mucus membranes of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Facilitating digestion and assimilation of proteins

Contains the amino acids Glycine and Proline. These are powerhouse components of building complete protiens that are helpful for:

  • Manufacture of glucose
  • Enhancing gastric acid secretion
  • Soft tissue and wound healing
  • Healthy connective tissue
  • Effective detoxification by the liver
  • Production of plasma

Is rich in Minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium. These minerals are not only essential to "run" your body in general, but they are known for their support of the musculo-skeletal system, digestive system and your nervous system specifically. Some benefits you may see if you drink mineral containing bone broth:

  • Calcium is necessary for healthy bones, muscle contraction and relaxation, proper clotting and tissue repair, normal nerve conduction, and endocrine balance. Calcium deficiency includes symptoms of osteomalacia and osteoporosis, brittle nails, periodontal disease, muscle cramps and spasms, palpitations, depression, insomnia, and hyperactivity.
  • Phosphorus is necessary for the generation of energy in the body, as it is an important ingredient of ATP (this is the same as the concept above in TCM terms.. building your bodies qi). It is also a critical component of cell membranes and helps regulate intracellular pressure. A deficiency in phosphorus can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, muscle weakness, celiac disease, osteomalacia, and seizures.
  • Magnesium is the most common dietary deficiency in the U.S. The mineral is involved in over 300 enzyme reactions, is a cofactor for vitamins B1 and B6, and is involved in the synthesis of proteins, fatty acids, nucleic acids and prostaglandins. Proper nerve transmission, muscle contraction and relaxation, and parathyroid gland function are dependent on magnesium.

Clearly bone broth is a bit of a nourishing miracle food! It is easy to make, nourishing and tastes delicious. Why not give it a try!

To see where you can purchase already prepared broth.. check out the video of the season - Bone broth.. Buy it or make your own? You decide!

To learn how to make your own bone broth check out our recipe page.

To learn about a broth for athletic performance and injury recovery see our herb info page

Thank you,
Lara Dilkes L.Ac.
lara@pdx-acupuncture.com