Good Bone Broth Helps Joints, Bones and Skin
“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says a South American proverb.
Bone broth contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down building materials for cartilage and tendons like chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine, which are sold as supplements for arthritis and joint pain. Broth and soup made with fish heads and carcasses provide iodine and thyroid-strengthening substances.
When broth is cooled, it congeals due to the presence of gelatin. Gelatin (or hydrolysed collagen) was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, anti-aging, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, so it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut.
It’s also used as a plug to stop bleeding and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid after surgery.
Here’s an Immune Boosting Chicken Broth on our website: Immune Boosting Chicken Broth Recipe
References for Use of Gelatin in Healing:
Gelatin for diabetic foot ulcer: Teles Pinto NM. Case study in treatment of diabetic foot ulcer with alimentary gelatin. Br J Nurs. 2011 Mar 24-Apr 14;20(6):S4, S6, S8.
Use of hydrolysed gelatin for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis: Moskowitz RW. Role of collagen hydrolysate in bone and joint disease. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2000 Oct;30(2):87-99.
Hydrolysed collagen and astaxanthin improve skin elasticity: Yoon HS, Cho HH, Cho S, Lee SR, Shin MH, Chung JH. Supplementating with dietary astaxanthin combined with collagen hydrolysate improves facial elasticity and decreases matrix metalloproteinase-1 and -12 expression: a comparative study with placebo. J Med Food. 2014 Jul;17(7):810-6. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2013.3060. Epub 2014 Jun 23.
Ma LT, Liu H, Gong Q, Li Tao, Ang Bei Y, Feng GJ. Prevention of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leakage with absorbable hemostatic fluid gelatin. Zhongguo Gu Shang. 2015 Aug;28(8):717-21.