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Combat Joint Pain and Arthritis with Bone Broth
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Can bone broth make you feel younger? And if so, how?
Aside from wrinkles and gray hair, is there anything quite like aching joints to symbolize that the years are accumulating?
Fortunately, bone broth can help keep your joints functional and pain free.
Here’s the deal.
Tendons connect your muscles to your bones, and ligaments connect your bones to each other. You need both of these connective tissues to be strong and healthy if you are going to feel strong and healthy.
But a lot of us walk (or hobble) around with aching joints, just thinking we “aren’t as young as we used to be.”
If only we realized that it’s not simply time on the planet but a lack of nutrients that’s wearing us out. And you can give your body the proteins it needs to rebuild connective tissue by consuming bone broth.
Here’s how it works.
When you cook bones, you get gelatin. And what is gelatin? It’s actually collagen. And collagen is full of things like the amino acids proline and glycine, which are exactly what your body uses to build the tissue that keeps your joints strong.
So eating bone broth should definitely be part of your stay-young strategy!
Now what about arthritis?
There are two main types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis happens when the protective cartilage around bones in the hands and knees wears out, so the bones begin rubbing directly against each other. First bone spurs develop, then blood vessels invade, and soon pain results. This condition affects millions of people, and it’s generally considered a wear-and-tear disease that’s an inevitable part of aging.
But is it?
Here are some facts to refute osteoarthritis being just about age:
At least 20% of people never get it
Increasing numbers of people in their 30s and 40s are getting it
Before age 45 it’s more common for men, but after 45 it strikes more women
So if it’s not just aging, what triggers osteoarthritis?
Unfortunately, we don’t know all the answers yet—though we do know that a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, and injuries can all contribute.
We also know that the underlying issue for osteoarthritis sufferers is that they aren’t producing enough healthy new cartilage.
Again, this isn’t an inevitable problem of aging. We can fight it by replenishing the body with the components of healthy cartilage.
It’s full of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which is well documented to help keep cartilage healthy and joint pain at bay. One study found that taking glucosamine and chondroitin orally is as effective as Celebrex in treating osteoarthritis. Another study found that consuming glucosamine chondroitin from cartilage is more effective for decreasing osteoarthritis pain than taking it in extracted pill form.
Bone broth also provides hyaluronic acid, which is commonly given as an oral supplement for osteoarthritis sufferers and injected into arthritic knee joints to reduce pain and increase function. Studies back up hyaluronic acid’s efficacy for this. But these treatments are expensive.
Bone broth, on the other hand, is affordable (and way more appealing than a needle in your knee!).
Then there’s rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s an autoimmune disease in which the body begins to perceive joint tissue as an invading foreign substance and attacks it. This can lead to inflammation, joint damage, and even damaged organs. Rheumatoid arthritis can be very painful, debilitating, and harmful. Millions of people have it, and it usually strikes between the ages of 30 and 60.
There are medications for rheumatoid arthritis, and anyone suffering from it should consult their doctor and decide on a treatment plan. But here’s the exciting news. Researchers have found that ingesting Type II collagen improves symptoms for many with rheumatoid arthritis, and for some suffers it makes the symptoms go into complete remission. Of course, the researchers proposed developing an oral collagen pill.
But guess what?
There’s already an effective way to take collagen orally.
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