Bone Broth: A Traditional Wisdom Food

High In Collagen Proteins,  Gut-Friendly,  Paleo-Friendly, All-Natural

Bone Broth and CollagenUnlocking bone broth’s benefits can now be as simple as making a drink. Traditional cultures all around the world greatly value broth or soup made by simmering a variety of animal and fish bones. To this day, it is the basis of nutritious soup or stock preparation for culinary experts and health-conscious cooks. Bone broth soups are valued because they are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, and full of health-restorative goodness! Bone broth’s wide array of nutrients make it exceptional as a tried-and-true remedy across cultures for the sick and weak, or simply anyone wishing to build and fortify.

Bone Broth is one of the most unique and powerful superfoods we have today. Although the exact nutritional content may vary, broth made from bones (along with knuckles, joints & cartilage) is a rich source of digestable collagen, an array of amino acids, a group of compounds called GAGs (glycosaminoglycans) and easy-to-absorb minerals.

Here is how the nutrients in bone broth can help support our health:

Collagen: the Key to Healthy Skin and Much More!

Collagen is the most important and abundant structural protein in the body; present in all connective tissues such as skin, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It is made primarily of very specific amino acids which, for the most part, are not found in muscle meat and have unique functional properties different from all other proteins. One such function is to protect and repair the gut lining, another is to maintain healthy bones, joints, skin, nails and hair. Collagen is responsible for holding the skin together, regenerating skin tissue, reducing wrinkles and other visible signs of skin aging. Deficiencies in collagen can lead to slagging or cracked skin, bruising, impaired wound healing and even bleeding gums.

Amino Acids

Collagen is composed of a high concentration of certain “non-essential” amino acids – mostly glycine, proline and glutamine. Glycine is used to help create muscle tissue, convert glucose into energy, regulate bile salts and support the liver’s ability to remove toxins. Without glycine, the body would not be able to repair damaged tissues; the skin would become slack and wounds would never heal. Proline is one of the principal amino acids needed to build collagen found in the skin, bones, ligaments and tendons. By increasing the availability of proline, it may be possible to slow down the aging process and enhance skin health. Along with proline and glycine, glutamine enhances recovery from injuries, wounds, burns, stress, post-surgery trauma, and most major illnesses.

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)

Bone Broth has three glycosaminoglycans (long unbranched polysaccharides) all of which are known to repair and restore joint health. Hyaluronic Acid, this water-loving glycosaminoglycan, is an excellent lubricator and shock absorber in the joints and is naturally-occurring in the skin to help maintain suppleness, hydration & elasticity. Chondroitin sulfate is another glycosaminoglycan present in bone stock. Along with Glucosamine, it is popular supplement for the treatment of osteoarthritis – it helps to repair and lubricate joints.

Minerals

Bone is not a static, inert structure but rather living tissue, a mineral-rich organic matrix of connective tissue. Depending on the type of bone, method and length of cooking time, bone broth can provide essential minerals such as, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur as well as many trace minerals.

The Benefits of Bone Broth

These curative components of bone broth play vital roles in gut health, immune system support, healthy bones and joints, smooth skin and overall healing.

The Benefits of Bone Broth
The Benefits of Bone Broth

Why I use organic bone broth powder instead for making it myself?

bone broth powder from Prairie NaturalsOrganic bone broth powder offers a simple and delicious means of obtaining the nutrition of organic bone broth without the time-consuming effort of finding organic bones and making my own broth.

Organic chicken & beef bone broth powder uses the same parts of the animal that traditional cultures prized. All the benefits of homemade bone broth in powdered form – I can take it traveling with me!

It is important to me to have bones from organic, grass-fed and grass-finished cattle and free-range chickens. 100% pasture-raised and free of antibiotics and hormones, as well as, tested for heavy metals and microbe contamination is my standard for clean food.

I love to add bone broth into as many places as I can soup, pasta sauce, smoothies, even my coffee! For a very light but nutrient-packed breakfast, often I make an easy version of Egg Drop Soup. Here is the recipe.

RoseMarie’s Egg Drop Broth recipe

1 cup Organic Chicken Broth (salt-free) liquid

3/4 cup water

1/4 tsp Vogel’s Herbamare original salt & herb powder

1 scoop (15 gm) Prairie Naturals’ Chicken Bone Broth Powder

1 or 2 Organic Eggs

Chives, or other fresh herbs (optional)

Directions

Heat chicken broth and water on medium heat in a sauce pan. Add bone broth powder and mix it with a whisk for at least 30 seconds to help dissolve the powder. Increase heat enough to achieve a rolling boil. Crack eggs, add to the boiling liquid and cook till soft boiled, approximately 30 seconds. Pour into a wide-mouth cup, sprinkle with herbs and enjoy with a spoon.

RoseMarie's Bone Broth egg drop soup