Imagine there is one magic elixir in the world that has the power to reduce inflammation, heal your digestive tract, balance your immune system, infuse your body with nutrients, and calm your stress and anxiety.
To obtain and partake of such an invaluable potion, you would be forgiven for thinking you had to go on a Tolkienesque journey through craggy mountains and soggy swamps, battling fearsome dragons, and solving riddles invented by Griffins.
It’s easy to imagine that it would be only after you have completed these tasks that you could drop to the forest floor, exhausted and weary, finally able to fill your jar with this miraculous substance—healing yourself just in the nick of time.
Don’t have the energy to do something like that? Not to worry! This “magic elixir” exists right here in the physical dimension, and you can either make it yourself, or buy it anytime you want.
I had a pretty bad bout of “bleh” for the past couple of weeks due to stress and really poor eating habits (which isn’t like me, but I have a new roommate who loves junk food). Oops!
So, I’ve been turning to bone broth to soothe my unhappy digestive tract. After doing a little more research, I discovered just how incredible the health benefits of bone broth actually are, and I knew I had to share them with you!
5 Magical Ways Bone Broth Heals Autoimmune Disease
- Bone Broth Reduces Chronic Inflammation
Bone broth is ideal for those with an autoimmune disease or chronic pain condition as it contains healing properties that have been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation.
Glycine is an amino acid that has been shown to modulate the immune system and provide protective effects to those who struggle with inflammatory diseases.
Glucosamine is an amino sugar that has been shown to stimulate the growth of new collagen (your body’s main structural protein), repair damaged joints, and reduce both chronic inflammation and pain.
Proline is an amino acid that has been shown to regenerate cartilage, heal joints, reduce inflammation, and repair leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut syndrome is a common condition associated with autoimmune disease. When the gut is leaky, it means that the lining of your digestive tract is not as tight as it should be.
This allows food particles and bacteria to leak out of the gut and enter into your bloodstream where they cause inflammation.
Since bone broth is so effective at treating leaky gut naturally, it should be a go-to for anyone living with an autoimmune disease. Once you repair your gut, anything is possible—even full remission!
- Bone Broth Heals Your Digestive Tract
Autoimmune disease and poor gut health often go hand in hand. They are very closely related to one another. In addition to having the ability to heal leaky gut syndrome and reduce inflammation, your body is able to easily assimilate the amino acids in bone broth, even if your gut is significantly damaged.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that gelatin, a protein found in abundance in bone broth, is effective at inhibiting inflammatory cytokines.
From the study:
“By downregulating the expression of these molecules on the endothelium, their interaction with immune cells will be reduced and inflammatory activity diminished. This mechanism of action may be of importance to induce remission in inflammatory bowel conditions.”
- Bone Broth Helps Modulate Your Immune System
If you have an overactive immune system, you could benefit greatly from regular bone broth intake. The glycine contained in bone broth has been shown to exert strong immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects.
From a study:
“Glycine acts on inflammatory cells such as macrophages to suppress activation of transcription factors and the formation of free radicals and inflammatory cytokines.”
When your immune system is regulated and given the nutritional support it needs, it can find balance again, and you can be truly healthy.
- Bone Broth Is Rich in Healing Glycine
Glutathione is called the “master antioxidant” because this amino acid is found in every cell of your body.
Furthermore, it is absolutely critical to preserving your cellular integrity! Glycine, which is abundant in bone broth, is involved in the production of glutathione.
So, the more bone broth you drink, the less oxidative stress your body experiences. The less oxidative stress your body experiences, the healthier and more energetic you become!
- Bone Broth Eases Stress and Improves Cognitive Function
Living with an autoimmune disease isn’t just painful and exhausting, it’s incredibly stressful, both on your body and mind.
The glycine in bone broth has been shown to reduce stress, increase mental clarity, and boost mood. What’s more, it even helps promote better sleep (which is the one thing those of us with chronic illness need plenty of)!
Glycine is so powerful in its ability to improve cognitive function, it has even been shown to control epilepsy and decrease some of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Another benefit? Studies have shown that glycine can help improve both attention and memory. What person who struggles with brain fog couldn’t benefit from that!
What else can bone broth do? Ease anxiety and panic attacks! Yup. You read that right.
According to Dr. David Williams:
“Glycine works by interfering with the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.”
Norepinephrine is one of your body’s fight-or-flight chemicals. Glycine not only eases anxiety, it has the ability to stop full-blown panic attacks in their tracks!
So, in short, bone broth rocks!
While drinking homemade broth is better for your health and less expensive in the long run, I highly recommend starting with pre-made broth unless you feel you have the time and energy to prepare it yourself.
Every bone broth recipe I’ve come across has used words like “simple”, “quick”, and “easy”, and that’s probably true for a completely able-bodied, non-exhausted person.
Not for someone with an autoimmune disease that makes it difficult to get out of bed. The good news is, once the healing miracles of bone broth take place in your body, you should be able to make it yourself just fine.
But, for now, here’s the brand I use. All you have to do is open, heat, pour, and drink. That’s it. (Oh, and it’s pretty tasty, too.)
Photo of bone broth courtesy of Flickr/Jules