The old is new again! And just as before it promises better quality of life and overall health for everyone.
Bone broth has become popular (again) both for its health benefits and in fine dining too. For dining, it adds flavor and character to food with the bonus of being full of valuable nutrients. These nutrients make it nutritious, but they also improve digestion, support the immune system, provide relief for sore muscles and achy joints, and restore and maintain overall health.
But bone broth isn’t new. It goes back eons to when people first started cooking. It’s been a staple of the human diet ever since then. This is likely why it’s so popular with those who follow a paleo-diet today.
The reality is, bone broth belongs in every diet. The way it promotes overall health and well-being makes it invaluable to promote a great quality of life and healthy aging. In this article, we’ll take a look at what bone broth is, what are its benefits, and how to get and use it for maximum benefit, especially for anyone with sore, achy joints or health issues related to a leaky gut.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is made by boiling and slow simmering connective tissue and bones stripped of their meat with herbs, seasonings and vegetables for anywhere from 6 to 18 hours. The bones and tissue typically come from chicken, fish or livestock such as cow or lamb. It remains an important part of the diet for people around the world and a secret to delicious meals, especially for fine dining – just under another name.
The term “bone broth” is more accurately called stocki. You’ve probably seen stock next to broths in stores. Stock is made from bones whereas broth is made from meat which gives broth its thinner consistency. The thicker consistency of stock – bone broth – comes from the collagen that the long simmering draws from the joints and bones. Collagen is just one of the many nutrients that makes bone broth a health food.
Organic Bone Broth for Joint and Muscle Support
Anyone who experiences muscle soreness and swollen, achy joints might find greater benefit from a bone broth formulated specifically to address joint and muscle pain. Organic Bone Broth for Joint and Muscle Support features organic bone broth and the nutrients which support joint and muscle tissue, combined with three herbs known to help reduce inflammation. These are:
1. Ashwagandha Root – As an adaptogen, this popular Ayurvedic herb supports the body in a variety of ways. One way it works is to reduce inflammation.ii Researchers have identified several compounds that specifically target inflammation that affects the joints and are responsible for chronic pain.iii
In one animal study, ashwagandha helped to regulate the immune system to decrease auto-immune response; researchers also noted an increase in glutathione levels in the treated animals, improving the body’s natural antioxidant response.iv Another study reported that ashwagandha specifically protected collagen from breakdown.v
2. Organic Turmeric – Even though turmeric captured popular attention for its anti-inflammatory properties years ago, enthusiasm for its ability to ease joint pain hasn’t waned. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has shown a great deal of promise in the treatment of joint and muscle inflammation.
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- In 2012, a study of 45 patients suffering from chronic joint pain reported those who took curcumin experienced greater relief than those in the placebo group.vi
- Curcumin has also been shown to reduce muscle pain and inflammation.vii
- A recent study reports a blend of curcumin with Boswellia brought significant relief to patients ages 40-70 suffering from osteoarthritis.viii
3. Wokvel (Boswellia Serrata) – Commonly known as Frankincense, Boswellia serrata has a long history in Ayurvedic medicine for joint health. Modern research supports its anti-inflammatory properties, especially in the treatment and protection of jointsix. WokVel® is an extract developed by Verdure Life Sciences to ensure the maximum availability of the nutrients to support its effect.
How to Use Organic Bone Broth for Joint and Muscle Support: Take daily. A natural chocolate flavor gives it a pleasant taste when mixed with water, milk or your preferred beverage. Always follow serving instructions and consult with a physician before starting any new supplement, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
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