The Healing Power of Chicken Bone Broth
Hippocrates stated "Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food." Bone broth, as used throughout history, has been affectionately known as "Jewish penicillin."
Bone broth is still made and ingested today by people around the globe. Healing bone broth is made from organic, raw chicken bones and cooked over a 24-hour period for maximum mineral extraction. This mineral rich liquid is made by simmering the bones of free range chicken, traditional vegetables, as well as herbs, and a small amount of raw apple cider vinegar, all in Artesian well water to produce a delicious elixir. We love using this product in our gut repair protocols and to strengthen immunity.
A summary of The Benefits of Bone Broth are:
1. Promotes healing: Bone broths have been used successfully in treating gastro-intestinal disorders, including hyperacidity, colitis, Crohn's disease, and infant diarrhea.
2. Digestive aid: Aids in the digestibility of grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and meats and is hydrophilic in nature.
3. Macro minerals: Contains highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur as well as trace minerals.
4. Gelatin and Collagen: rich in both; promoting bone and joint healing in addition to supporting digestion
5. Protein: adds easily digestible protein to your diet
6. Amino acids: Glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and lysine are formed, which is important to detoxification and amino acid production in the body.
7. Joint support: Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hylauronic acid are produced and present for additional muscle and joint support.
8. Immune system: Promotes the assimilation of vitamins and minerals and thus supports immunity.
9. Delicious and nutritious: use as soup, cooking liquid, sauce or as a tea.
10. Synergy: Finally by initially healing the GI tract, broth creates an environment for all of the nutrients being taken in, whether by food or supplementation, to increase their bio-availability to your body.
If that wasn't enough info to convince you, please read this amazing article from the Nourished Kitchen below:
How Bone Broths Support Your Adrenals, Bones and Teeth
From The Nourished KitchenReviving Traditional Foods June 14, 2012 By OraWellness
Modern nutritional research continues to prove what traditional cultures learned through observation over time, when we eat a specific part of an animal, it nourishes that same part of our body.
One example of this like supports like principle can be found in Dr. Catherine Shanahan?s book, Deep Nutrition. Dr. Shanahan explains that the highest source of available vitamin A known to man isn?t in a carrot or broccoli, but found in the tissue in the back of the eyeball. As vitamin A is known to specifically support healthy eyesight (among many other crucial health supporting roles), it goes without saying that if we consume what Dr. Shanahan calls “those nasty bits,” we will receive the nutritional bounty contained within to support our expression of optimal health. Broths and stocks provide a very easy way to incorporate the health giving benefits of all those culturally unappealing “nasty bits” into our regular diet.
Wouldn?t it be great if there was a type of intelligence that made it where we could eat a nutrient and have it go to a specific part of the body that needed it most? Well, there is such intelligence in nutrient- dense foods such as bone broths. This concept of an intelligence of a specific nutrient we consume to have an affinity to the same tissues within our own bodies is amazingly simple to our over- intellectualizing culture. Modern science still hasn?t figured out how this intelligence works but they know that certain compounds have an affinity for certain tissues.Bone Broths & Traditional Chinese Medicine From within the traditional Chinese paradigm, bone broth nourishes our kidneys, supports our vitalessence (chi), and builds blood. Who wouldn?t benefit from another bowl of soup?
Bone tissue relates to the kidneys according to Chinese medical theory. So, given the theory of like supports like, consuming bone tissue will support the kidneys and therefore the bones (including the teeth).The Chinese medical perspective includes the adrenals as part of the system they call the kidneys. So, bone broth directly supports adrenal function. It is recognized that the adrenals perform so many hormonal functions vital to our immune health. Adrenal fatigue is another one of those ?elephants in the living room? that so many of us in the real food movement are talking about yet remains unheard of in mainstream media.
Bone Broths and Adrenal Support
Bone broths provide the adrenal glands with the much needed nutritional support to help make the shift from survive to thrive. Dr. Shanahan even suggests that the nutritional matrix in bone broths may actually help patch the holes in the kidney tissue that cause the kidneys to function less optimally.
Massive bone support
Bone stock is rich with minerals. Isn?t it interesting that within bone broth are the exact minerals, in the proper proportions, that our teeth are also made of? 65% of the mineral mass of bone is made up of calcium and phosphorus – the two main minerals that compose our teeth. When making bone broths we stew the bones for several hours, even days, the stock itself becomes very rich with minerals.It?s interesting to note that the bones after making stock are so soft you can push your thumb nail into them. That tells you that the minerals that were in the bone are now in the bone broth.
How does this translate into stronger, healthier teeth that resist decay and even can heal from tooth decay? Well, the mechanism the body utilizes to remineralize the tooth enamel is through the saliva. Provided that the diet has sufficient minerals, the saliva will have the necessary minerals to interact with the tooth enamel to remineralize the teeth. Bone broth provides the necessary minerals in the proper, combinations, to make them available for use throughout the body. (See video Mouth Probiotics to learn more about the role saliva plays in creating greater oral health). The reason the concept of tooth remineralization is not present in the culture at large is due to the fact that our diets, for the most part, are miserably deficient in the minerals necessary to optimize health.
Making bone stocks is an easy way to massively raise the minerals in one?s diet. But the benefits of bone broth go well beyond mineral content.
Fats + Minerals = Bio-available MineralsThe problem with mineral supplements is that we aren?t what we eat. A more accurate statement is we are what we absorb from what we eat. Mineral uptake is the issue here. The good news is the fats in bone broths help restore greater gut health and therefore increase the absorption rate of the minerals present in broths. So, rather than searching through the vitamin section of your health food store, make friends with the butchers at the meat department and establish your supply for quality bones!What is bone marrow anyway?
Bone broth also contains the bone marrow.
Bone marrow is where the body manufacturers both red and white blood cells. Thus, applying the same principle of like supports like, enjoying regular bone broths will nourish our body?s ability to create healthy blood within our own system.
In the Chinese paradigm, bone marrow is considered the deepest tissue of the body and contains the essence of the being. It?s an interesting correlation to consider that modern science has shown that within bone marrow are high concentrations of stem cells, the very organizing influences and genetic material, for the being. It is these essential nutrients that help our bodies continue to build healthy, vital constitutions and repair cellular damage.
The youth serum in bone broths.
There are a series of proteins called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs for short) that are highly concentrated in joint tissues. These GAGs are part of the tissues known as collagen. Over the past several years some GAGs, namely glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, have come into popularity for their documented support of joint and skin tissues. Once consumed, these nutrients go to the connective tissues of joints and other connective tissues of the body where they are needed. While the synthesized compounds like glucosamine sulfate or hydrochloride may be effective in supporting greater connective tissue health, we prefer and advocate the whole food version. After all, what beneficial compounds are still to be discovered contained within bone broth (that science hasn?t performed clinical trials on)? So, rather than purchase the supplement, go for the bones!
How do glycosaminoglycans relate to increased oral health?First, the connective tissue restoring capacity of GAGs helps to repair compromised gum tissue that has been damaged and stressed by the ?bad bugs? that cause gum disease. Also, within the process of the breakdown of health that we know as gum disease, one of the things that happens is the bad bugs weaken and damage the ligament (connective tissue) that holds each tooth to the jaw bones, thus resulting in loose teeth and adult tooth loss.
Dr. Shanahan states,This means that glucosamine-rich broth is a kind of youth serum, capable of rejuvenating your body, no matter what your age. After decades of skepticism, orthopedists and rheumatologists are nowembracing its use in people with arthritis, recommending it to ?overcome or possibly reverse some of the degradation that occurs with injuries or disease. (Deep Nutrition)
When you combine the facts that bone broths make any soup way more delicious, provide the much needed support for our adrenals, offer such a rich source for much needed minerals, nourish our body?s ability to build healthier blood, along with care for all the connective tissues throughout our bodies, you can see why we consider bone broths to be such a foundational dietary pillar for anyone looking to navigate to greater oral health as well as create optimal system wide immunological health.
Will and Susan Revak have spent the past 25 years studying the Chinese longevity arts,and are the founders of OraWellness. They help and empower others to take control of their oral health with toxin free oral health products and simple homemade solutions. Their spearhead product is a toothpaste alternative made with 100% organic and wild crafted ingredients. You can find several FREE video tutorials and downloads to help you along your path to greater oral health at www.OraWellness.com.