Soup for The Soul:
Bone broth is becoming a huge fad in the health and wellness sector. People are touting it to be some kind of panacea saying that it has so many unbelievable benefits, but is there any truth to the hype?
For over 2,000 years, Chinese medicine has said that bone soup is “tonifying and chi building”. This means that it builds up strength and energy, and modern science has a similar view of bone broth.
Our ancient ancestors and indigenous tribes from all over the world used to utilize every part of the animal including the bones for sustenance. In this article, we are going to get into why the protein in bone broth is so unique, what other nutrients are in bone broth, and what are the benefits for you and your family.
We have an entire article about Cooking with Bones that includes recipes that you can read here.
Collagen is The Key:
The roots words of collagen in Greek literally translate to “glue maker”. If you have ever heard jokes or cliches about sending a horse to the glue factory, this is why. It was the primary source of glue until the rise of wheat paste like Elmer’s glue which gets its stickiness from gluten.
Many health experts are calling collagen “the glue that holds us together” because it has so many functions throughout our entire body. Collagen helps to build and maintain our skin, our blood vessels, our intestinal lining, and our joints so without it, we would most likely fall apart.
Collagen and gelatin supplements are great sources of these key amino acids if you don’t like to cook, but we are often literally throwing a ton of valuable nutrients into the trash. All we need is a crock pot to extract this valuable nutrition, and turn it into a delicious treat.
Is Food or a Powder Better?
In general, food is always a little better. The reason is that in bones you have marrow, cartilage, and all other kinds of tissues that contain special nutrients. Some are well known by science, and others are yet it be discovered.
For example, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are two of the best known and researched supplements for helping with joint pain especially arthritis. These nutrients are both found naturally in chicken bone broth.
If you buy chicken from the store with bones, then it is very easy to simmer them in a pot or crock pot with some garlic, oils, and herbs to make your own superfood broth. If you don’t have time to make this or you don’t want to cook, then our favorite company is called Cauldron Broths.
They use many herbs, sea vegetables, and of course bones. The end product is a rich broth with a great flavor that you can add to your own recipes or you can sip them for a tasty treat. Click the link to see their website and their story: Cauldron Broths
What About for on The Go?
Fortunately, there are also powder broths that we can add to smoothies that have a pleasant flavor on their own. They even have delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors that blend into any smoothie!
They are low-carb, and almost no sugar at all. You get all of the benefits of bone broth without needing to make soup or basted meat. Ancient Nutrition also makes collagen protein mixes that include type I, II, III, V, and X collagen that come from different sources.
These different types of collagen plays a variety of different roles in our body and most collagen supplements are just type I and III. Dr. Axe, the creator of Ancient Nutrition, also has a collagen, and bone broth combination product!
These products are very convenient and packed with many nutrients that you simply don’t get in almost all other protein powders. You can learn more about Ancient Nutrition here.
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