Bone Broth for the Soul, and Everything Else…Made Here in Az!

The Dish: Bone Broth
The Place: Arizona Grass Raised Beef Company
The Reason: Because its sooooo good for you and an Arizona Company! Arizona Grass Raised Beef
Purchase: Online here or at Natural Grocers Stores throughout Arizona

Foods that will help you heal?  Well Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers staff seems to agree with that sentiment according to the ESPNs article from January, 2015 (see article here).  Dr Cate Shanahan, the director of the Lakers PRO Nutrition Program saw an opportunity to expedite the healing of a bad sprain Kobe experienced on the road.  Dr Shanahan called ahead to the hotel to order soup, but not regular soup, bone broth.  Kind of seems crazy but the gelatinous and nutrient dense recipe many believe (and have experienced) helps the body heal in a number of ways.  Check out SHAPE Magazine “8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth” and Charlotte Hilton Anderson

  1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances (we didn’t feel like linking these ;-).

  2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

  3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.

  4. Sleep better, and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.

  5. Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission. (see the Hashimoto’s link below)

  6. Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.

  7. More energy. I’m not sure what the mechanism is for this, but if you read accounts of bone broth, you’ll notice everyone swears by the energy boost. I’d prefer to see science backing this up, but the research on bone broth is still emerging.

  8. It’s very economical! What else were you going to do with those chicken carcasses, soup bones, and veggies going bad in your fridge?

Also check out what Hashimoto’s Healing is saying about bone broth and its healing attributes.

So you’re wondering, why is Az Food & Wine writing about bone broth, right?  We are because of a company producing it right here in Arizona! Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co is touting it as “the best bone broth you will ever have”. and we might have to agree with them!

Their Process for creating the broth is completed in an in-house USDA inspected kitchen that is dedicated to the creation of their bone broth, instead of being sent out to an outside corporation to make and package the broth. Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co. has created a unique recipe that utilizes several different portions of the verified cattle, which includes the full bone spectrum. The bones, ligaments and tendons used all offer a wide range of healthy nutrients, giving you the most complete and nourishing broth available.

With complete control over the creation of their broth, Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co. knows exactly what is happening with their product when they put their stamp on it, and won’t have to rely on someone else to deliver the quality that is expected by their customers. In the USDA inspected kitchen, the bones are roasted and simmered with vegetables for three full days, creating a rich and desirable flavor.

From the nurturing of the cattle to the dedicated in-house production that goes into making their broth, Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co. offers something that few companies can: complete trust. This transparency is indicative of a company that can confidently and consistently deliver the highest quality bone broth in Arizona and around the country. The broth is available online and in multiple Natural Grocery stores throughout the state.

Do you research, and see what you think!  We think, why the heck not give this a try?  Sounds as though it can only help our bodies in one way or many others!

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