It’s been a while since last I explored a nutrition-related topic …. so today I’ll offer this quick nod to bone broth, with its superhero constituents: gelatin and collagen. Even among my vegan and vegetarian friends, quite a few are making an exception (or are seriously considering doing so) for bone broth, whose proven and anecdotal health benefits span far and wide. To wit: a good bone broth is chock-full of minerals; features an abundance of amino acids; supports digestion and overall gut health by reducing intestinal inflammation; and its plethora of gelatin and collagen are manna-from-heaven for our skin, bones and joints. Yeah!
Bone broth is pretty simple to make yourself, though a tad time-consuming. If you choose to purchase it instead, go for an organic variety, made from grass-fed animal-bones; and remember that a high-quality broth will be gelatinous at room temperature. My current favorite brand is Bona Fide Provisions.
Bone broth’s two main skin-bone-joint healing components can also be purchased separately. For instance, Great Lakes makes a nice unflavored gelatin, which can be used as a thickening agent in soups and stews, or in its traditional form as fruit-juice jello. Now who would have thought jello to be a health food?! — but if left unsweetened (or minimally sweetened with honey or maple syrup) and sans any artificial colors or flavors, it actually can be an excellent source of gelatin.
Strolling through a natural grocers a couple weeks ago, my eye was drawn to a large container of something called “multi-collagen protein powder.” Now I already knew about collagen, via my recent bone-broth adventures — but didn’t realize that collagen was available also in a hydrolyzed powdered form — which apparently makes it easier for the human body to assimilate.
Initially I thought: Why do I need this collagen powder, when already I’m getting plenty of collagen via drinking bone broth every day? But at the same time I could feel a strong intuitive “yes!” toward this product …. so I tossed a couple individual-sized-serving packets of the product into my basket, and then finished my shopping.
Later that day, I mixed the contents of one of these packets — a fine white powder — into a glass of water, and drank it (noticing it to be almost entirely neutral in taste and odor). Once again, and immediately, my intuitive knowing was giving me the thumbs-up: a clear shift at the level of my subtle body, hard to describe, yet experientially undeniable, and something I’ve learned to trust. So next time I was at the store, I purchased the large container of the stuff — Dr Axe Multi-Collagen Protein — and began taking it once or twice a day.
After a couple weeks of taking this regularly, I began to notice my joints feeling better than they have in a long time. My knees, in particular, were noticeably less “crunchy” — say, in the weight room, doing leg extensions — and comfortable. To what extent this is due to the multi-collagen protein powder; or to the bone broth; or to the combination of the two of them; or to something entirely unrelated ….. I’ll never know. It’s not hard science — but from where I stand (with newly happy knees!) the correlation between adding the multi-collagen protein powder, and the improvement in my joint health — is quite suggestive. So …. just thought I’d share the good news, in case it might be useful to you also 🙂