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 stock.i 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 make bone broth a health food.
Organic Bone Broth for Leaky Gut Support
“Leaky gut” describes a condition where gaps open in the lining of the intestines that allow undigested foods, dangerous toxins, germs, harmful bacteria and other pathogens to pass into the blood stream. Once in the blood, they trigger an immune response. Research suggests restoring the integrity of the intestinal lining (reversing a leaky gut) can help reduce the occurrence of autoimmune diseases.ii
According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, gelatin (another name for collagen in bone broth) has been recommended for more than 100 years to soothe digestion.iii Doctors would recommend a broth of gelatin to treat what we would call irritable bowels or excessive intestinal permeability or “leaky gut”. Today, researchers have found gelatin protects the inner lining of the intestines, making it a way to protect against leaky gut.iv
How can you identify if you have a leaky gut? Well, common symptoms include:
- chronic diarrhea
- irritable bowels, gas and bloating
- carb cravings
- autoimmune conditions
- a weak immune system
- joint pain and arthritis
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That’s right, joint pain may be a symptom of a leaky gut. This is part of the reason bone broth works so well for joint pain. The gelatin soothes the digestive tract while it supplies nutrients like proline, glycine, sulfur and silicon which provide the nutrients needed to repair and heal joints.
A leaky gut affects more than the joints. Aside from the symptoms like headaches which are certainly undesirable, much greater problems can develop. Nutrient absorption suffers, meaning you’re not getting the nutrients you need from your food. This can develop into metabolic conditions including weight gain, fatty liver and heart diseases. You might experience more allergies or severe allergic responses.
Many factors can lead to a leaky gut. These include a poor diet full of processed foods that damage the lining of the gut. Chronic stress also can churn the gut and weaken it. An imbalance of bad bacteria (inadequate probiotic levels) and too many toxins such as from excessive antibiotic use, pesticides on fruits and vegetables and aspirin can also erode the lining of the gut.
Leaky gut is a serious problem which has only recently started to gain widespread acceptance in the medical community (despite the fact doctors more than a century ago were aware of it!).
While probiotic therapies may help, gelatin remains one of the oldest and most successful ways to soothe and repair the intestines. Organic Bone Broth for Leaky Gut Support features gelatin in the form of hydrolyzed collagen, the same form of gelatin/collagen used in research. This bone broth also includes additional herbs and nutrients known to help calm digestion and encourage healing.
L-Glutamine – L-glutamine is an amino acid, and it happens to be the one that the cells of the intestinal lining use. Research has shown a direct relationship between levels of glutamine and leaky gut; the less glutamine you have, the more likely you are to have a leaky gut. In studies, glutamine has been shown as one of the best and most reliable ways to improve the intestinal barrier for adults and children suffering from a variety of conditions from mild to serious.v
Marshmallow Root – This digestive remedy goes back before the time of Greek physician Hippocrates. It is a demulcent, a medicinal herb that creates a film over a mucous membrane that soothes, calms inflammation and relieves pain.vi As the entire intestinal tract is one mucus membrane, marshmallow root soothes to speed relief and healing.
Quercetin – This flavanol commonly found in onions and apples provides many healthful benefits through its antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anti-allergy properties. It calms allergies by regulating mast cells, an immune cell involved in allergic response. Researchers have determined increased mast cell activity in the intestines directly relates to increased permeability, or leaky gut.vii So Quercetin then helps to address another potential factor that could contribute to leaky gut and digestive discomfort.
Peppermint Extract – Peppermint has been known to aid digestion since antiquity. More recently, researchers have identified that it provides an “anti-pain” effect in the colon.viii It also eases inflammation and provides an anti-microbial effect, making it useful to relieve irritable bowels and support not only digestion, but healing too.ix
How to Use Organic Bone Broth Protein Leaky Gut Support: Take daily to soothe the digestive tract and promote better digestion. The 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.
*Copywriter Peter Rufa writes for a wide range of clients but specializes in health. He has written for doctors, supplement providers, healthcare, medical, and fitness organizations and businesses throughout the United States.