I don’t eat very many animal products, but collagen-rich bone broth is a whole food that may be a missing link even for people like me who eat mostly plants.
I’m excited to tell you what’s in it that makes it so special, and why you should try it!
What’s In Bone Broth?
Bone broth is one of the world’s oldest whole foods, used in cultures all over the world, for thousands of years. Simmering bones and connective tissue for many hours (even days!) releases into the water an impressive array of healing nutrients:
Protein: Bone broth is surprisingly high in protein, making it a very satisfying, filling drink. Many people use it as part of a regular fast, from food, to help stay satiated while they detox and lose weight.
Collagen: Collagen is one nutrient you can’t get from plant foods. A strong and elastic form of protein, it provides structure and protection for tissues and joints, and building blocks for hair, skin, and teeth. Over time, our bodies lose the ability to make collagen (hello, wrinkles and arthritis!). Recent trials show that collagen supplementation, such as bone broth, can help repair and maintain arthritic joints.¹
Gelatin: The amino acids in gelatin are essential for maintaining skin health, including the “skin” of your intestinal tract (which is so big, it would cover a tennis court!). The “heal and seal” function of this nutrient helps repair intestinal issues like leaky gut, improving digestion and absorption and quieting inflammation. It also strengthens and repairs your outer skin, and your nails and hair, too.
Glycine: This amino acid is a building block of both collagen and muscle tissues, but it also acts as a neurotransmitter, improving mental function and helping to regulate sleep.²
Proline: Proline raises metabolism, helps with soft tissue repair, and has a special role in coronary artery health. It helps loosen and clear fatty cholesterol plaque deposits from inside arterial walls, and helps keep new deposits from forming. Really important for reducing your heart attack risk!
And depending on the quality and source of the bones, bone broth can also have a great profile of minerals, like phosphorous, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.
“Grass-fed” Bone Sources Are More Important Than “Organic”
Bone broth is generally made from beef or chicken bones. An “organic” cow or chicken must be fed organic feed in order to get the certification. Sounds good, right? After all, I recommend organic produce for humans!
But animals are supposed to graze on grass, not eat “feed” (usually corn or grains). However, fields of grass can’t be measured and labeled organic! So if you see “organic” on the label, you know the animal has been fed something it shouldn’t–look instead for “grass-fed” sources.
But it’s a hassle to find grass-fed beef bones, and simmer it long enough to get the nutrients (usually a couple of days). I tried it for a while, and it was a stinky drag. And very inconvenient!
So, I was thrilled to find a great source of grass-fed bone broth protein, dehydrated so it was easy, portable, and wouldn’t stink up my house!
I loved it so much that I had it made into our brand-new GSG Bone Broth Protein powder, in Natural, Chocolate Shake, and Vanilla Shake!
The Natural version is pure bone broth protein with nothing added, and so neutral in taste that you can add protein to any food or beverage, without adding any flavor. It goes down easy by itself, too, in hot or cold water.
But the Vanilla Shake and Chocolate Shake flavors are my favorite.
They are sweetened with monk fruit, and these blends are so unbelievably yummy that we had to name them “shakes!” Because they literally taste like that.
They blend easily and are fabulous in just plain water–cold for a refreshing “shake,” or hot for a soothing, cozy “hot cocoa”-like treat at bedtime. Even kids will ask for more!
I want you to try them, too! Through the month of August I’m putting them on a “Buy one, get one half-off” special, and I’ll even give you free shipping, with promo code BBship!
Give them a try, and let me know your favorite way to use them (my latest favorite? Half a scoop of Vanilla Shake in my morning coffee–YUM)!