Benefits of Bone Broth
BY DR. KELLYANN
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Bone broth has many health benefits
- Comes packed with collagen. Collagen helps your body burn fat and form lean muscle mass, shaping your arms, legs, and core.
- Bone broth beautifies your skin. Bone broth is loaded with the building blocks of collagen, the structural protein that makes your skin strong and smooth. Bone broth is also rich in hyaluronic acid, an ingredient of many high-end wrinkle creams. As a result, it erases wrinkles and takes years off your face.
- Detoxifies your body. The amino acids glycine and proline aid your liver in removing toxins from your body. In addition, glycine is a building block of glutathione, one of the body’s most powerful detoxifying agents.
- Heals your gut. Helps your digestive system by battling problems like —constipation, diarrhea, and gas. The gelatin and other nutrients in bone broth help to heal the gut, curing digestive problems and facilitate weight loss.
- Bone broth heals your gut—the key to fast weight loss and a healthier immune system. These days, we know that weight gain and many age-related diseases start with chronic inflammation—and this inflammation starts in your gut. More specifically, it starts in your gut’s microbiome, an ecosystem containing trillions of “gut bugs” that play a crucial role in everything from your metabolism to your immune function.
- Supplies you with easy to absorb essential minerals. Including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
- Aids digestion. Bone broth is hydrophilic—it attracts and holds liquids like digestive juices, helping you digest food more efficiently.
- Heals your joints. Bone broth gives you a generous supply of glucosamine, chondroitin, and other glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that help heal your joints. GAGs also help your body lay down needed collagen. In addition, hyaluronic acid helps to lubricate your joints, keeping them healthy and pain-free.
- Is anti-inflammatory. When you heal that inflammation with nutrients like those concentrated in bone broth—including anti-inflammatory proline, glycine, and arginine—your weight starts to fall off.
- Bone broth helps relieve anxiety and help you sleep better. The glycine in bone broth can lower anxiety by countering the effects of norepinephrine. In addition, bone broth is an excellent source of magnesium, which has powerful calming effects.
- Fills you up without adding pounds. Bone broth and bone-broth soups are rich, complex, hearty, and soul-satisfying. Bone broth comes loaded with amino acids and minerals like magnesium and phosphorus, as well as healthy fatty acids and iron from the bone marrow, it feeds your body deep nutrition that keeps hunger at bay for hours. It’s nearly carb-free, and has only a few calories.
Could I Have Collagen Deficiencies?
Your body produces less and less collagen after around the age of 40. If your body is low on collagen, it shows up in your face, skin, nails, teeth, and bones. And it happens naturally, especially as you age. Decreased amounts mean your skin and hair get thinner, sags and wrinkles begin to appear, joints get stiffer, and tendons and ligaments lose elasticity. Among the reasons your body might not have optimal collagen levels as you age:
- You’re over 40. It just happens naturally. Your body doesn’t destroy collagen when you’re older it just makes less of it.
- Free radicals. Things like smoke, pollution, and overexposure to the sun expose you to free radicals. If your skin comes into constant contact with free radicals, you’ll see the damage in your skin.
- Your body is lacking antioxidants. Certain antioxidant prevent collagen destruction. A combination of Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 is just what your skin needs to fill your body with antioxidants–and keep the collagen in your body.
You have a medical condition. If you have a medical condition that prevents your body from absorbing particular vitamins and nutrients, this could lead to collagen destruction. Or, if you have a Vitamin C deficiency, your body may not even be producing collagen as much as it should.