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What Makes Bone Broth so Healthy?

If you haven’t noticed, bone broth is the new thing. Well, actually it’s kind of an old thing. But it’s somehow a resurfacing, kind of trendy thing. With that said, what is bone broth and why should I check it out? These are all questions I asked. So, I did some digging and decided to share what I found.

In this blog, you’ll learn about…

  • Collagen
  • Proline
  • Glycine
  • Glutamine

First off, bone broth is made by roasting, and then simmering the bones of the same animals we consume on a normal basis. Through this simmering process the bones from beef, poultry, or other animal sources, are given a chance to release valuable nutrients from the remaining meat, ligaments and even the bones themselves. Think of it as a highly enhanced version of the broth in chicken soup.

From inside to out, our bodies use the same nutrients found in bone broth. These nutrients give our skin its elasticity, act as a powerful booster to our immune system, and form the building blocks to our joints and ligaments.

Still, I wanted to know more, like ‘what were these nutrients that were supposedly so essential?’. I discovered that bone broth contains collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine. Here is where I got a little nerdy, because I really wanted to get down to brass tax.

What is Collagen?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Collagen is any group of proteins that are components of whitish, rather inelastic fibers of great tensile strength present in tendons and ligaments and in the connective tissue layer of the skin” [1].

So, quite literally collagen, a prime nutrient found in bone broth, is like the glue that binds our bodies together. Science is so cool!

What is Proline?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Proline is an amino acid… [synthesized] from glutamic acid…[and] is one of several so-called nonessential amino acids for mammals” [2].

And while our bodies naturally produce proline, we may be able to harness increased benefits by supplementing our levels of this essential amino acid.

Leon Chaitow, a world-renowned naturopathic and osteopathic doctor, was referenced in an article about proline out of livestrong.com. The article stated, “Leon Chaitow, in the book “Amino Acids for Therapy,” examined the role of proline… He suggests that supplements might help with soft tissue strain, wound healing, hypermobile joints and the sagging skin associated with aging.” [3]

What is Glycine?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “The simplest amino acid… [and] is one of several so-called nonessential amino acids for mammals” [4].

Similar to proline, glycine is synthesized naturally in mammals. However, the introduction of higher levels of glycine may offer many benefits.

Dr. Josh Axe is a wellness physician who practices out of Nashville, Tennessee. An article published on his website lists the benefits of glycine. Some of the more notable benefits include aiding in the building of lean muscle and preventing muscle loss, helping to prevent strokes and seizures, reducing joint pain and increasing flexibility, boosting energy levels, protecting our skin from the effects of aging, and even reducing the risk of certain cancers! [5].

What is Glutamine?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, glutamine is “…the only amino acid capable of readily crossing the barrier between blood and brain… thought to account for about 80 percent of the amino nitrogen of brain tissue” [6].

This all sounds like the nutrients from bone broth are the nutrients that our bodies utilize for crucial functions. But what do the professionals have to say about bone broth and its benefits?

An article out of NPR, Wisconsin Public Radio’s website, noted how professional athletes had used bone broth as a supplement during, and after intense training sessions. The article referenced, “…bone broth’s use as a sports recovery drink, which Kobe Bryant and members of the Los Angeles Lakers have been hyping…” [7]

A study published in 2000 in the medical journal Chest, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, suggests that traditional chicken soup (similar to bone broth) could offer medicinal properties. The study stated, “chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity” [8].

In particular, the study suggested that chicken soup may actually decrease inflammation!

While some in the medical and fitness fields may attribute only trivial benefits to bone broth, certain medical professionals absolutely rave about bone broth’s healing properties.

In an article titled, “Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite”, Dr. Josh Axe explained the process of bone broth and its benefits, by stating that “…simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health” [9].

In the same article, Dr. Axe listed the benefits of bone broth. These benefits included treating leaky gut syndrome, overcoming food intolerances and allergies, improving joint health and easing arthritis, reducing cellulite and overall helping to strengthen the immune system.

To summarize all of this stuff, bone broth offers health benefits. While some benefits are more profound than others, experts agree that bone broth is a great way to introduce essential nutrients into your diet. And because its broth there are zero drawbacks or unpleasant side effects. It’s just healthy!

Tortilla-less Taco Packs 30g Of Protein [Recipe]

This incredibly delicious and filling meal can easily fit right into your weekly meal prep or on a Custom Meal Plan. It is so good you wouldn’t believe that it was healthy for you!

This is everything we love about a taco dinner, but without the tortillas giving us a nice spin on a classic dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of uncooked white rice
  • 1 cup of bone/collagen broth
  • 28 oz of canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 pack of low sodium, all natural taco seasoning
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • ¼  onion – diced (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)

 

Directions:

Over medium heat add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 cup of uncooked rice. Stir until all the rice is coated in olive oil and then spread it across your skillet. Let your rice cook until it begins to lightly brown. Add your diced tomatoes, bone broth, and a ½ pack of taco seasoning. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

While your rice is cooking, in a separate skillet add your pound of ground beef, breaking it up, and add the other ½ of your taco seasoning packet. Mix it in. Let the beef cook on medium heat until it is cooked through.

After beef is cooked through, using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef into a dish on the side. In the remaining beef fat add your asparagus. Cook on medium heat until asparagus is cooked as desired.

Once your rice is cooked, add it to your plate. Layer with asparagus and ground beef. Top with onion and cilantro if desired.  

Makes multiple servings.

Macros
Calories: 396
30/11/13

*Servings size based on 5 oz of beef and¼ cup cooked rice.

 

 

Giveaways Inside The #MorelliMin (it’s changed)

Hey fans,

I am giving away lots of free stuff this year!

But it’s changed since you may have heard about it on social media.

If you’d like to WIN free stuff(all the good shit too!) make sure you watch the short video below (it’s a summary).

Why I started it…

We love our community so much that I decided what better way to get our stuff out into the market than to give some of it away to our loyal fans while making it fun.

Similar to what Gary Vaynerchuk has done with his #60SecClub we are doing with the #MorelliMin — giving away lots of cool shit (see below or watch the video for a list).

It’s also my way of giving back to our community, because without you guys…we wouldn’t be able to get up and do what we love every day — the change and impact we are seeing is quite fulfilling. Thank you.

So the #MorelliMin is a really simple, daily contest that anyone can be a part of. But I must warn you…

“turn ON your notifications” for our social media pages @morellifit because it happens fast.

#MorelliMin in a 2min Nutshell:

How Do I Win?

Winning is simple. All you have to do is “turn ON your notifications” on the @Morellifit Instagram (and other social media sites) so you can be notified whenever we make a post.

Then, simply like and comment within the first 60 seconds using the hashtag #morellimin. That’s it! You are now entered to win any number od sweet prizes. As many as 10 winners on some posts!

Here is an example of how to win:

What Can I Win?

Once you have “turned ON your notifications” you will be notified when we make a post (usually 1 per day).

When your notification pops up — CLICK, hit like, and drop a comment using the #MorelliMin.

We will choose 5 winners in the first #MorelliMin and then another 5 winners later on that evening, which means the more you comment the more likely your chances are to WIN…

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Every winner will get a personal invite into our Private Exclusive Facebook group.

This is an exclusive group where you have direct access to me.

“Turn ON your notifications”

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This Soup is a Powerful Health Food

During the winter you see people everywhere touting the effects of chicken soup. The first thing people say when I feel under the weather is “lay down and have some hot chicken soup.” This first piece of advice is amazing because resting does your body good. The second piece might have been true once, but probably not so much today.

In this post, you’ll learn…

  • When chicken soup was a powerful health food
  • How bone broth is made
  • Top benefits of bone broth
  • A tasty chicken soup recipe for your health

So when was the chicken soup a powerful health food?

The last time broth most likely had real healing properties was when your Grandma was still making it from scratch. And for some of us that could have been our great or great, great Grandma. So what’s changed so much since then?

We start with the heart of the soup itself… the chicken (well at least the carcass)!

Before the time of the electric can opener and the isle full of Campbell’s chicken soup cans, there was a soup made from scratch. Or should I say scrap? Before the time of chicken stock that could be bought off the shelf at the grocery store, the base of the soup was made at home from scraps left over from the animal carcass, and discarded vegetable ends. It was then boiled and simmered down for hours and, eventually, pieces of chicken and chopped veggies were added to this amazing broth.

How is this broth made?

It’s the health benefits of the broth and not the chicken soup that we want to dive into. Our ancestors were able to utilize the whole animal by cooking down the parts that were not easily chewed or couldn’t be digested, like the feet, beaks, and bones. By cooking them down, they were able to consume their nutrition in a broth, which is now referred to as Bone Broth [1].

What’s in bone broth [2]:

  • Collagen
  • Glutamine
  • Calcium
  • Sulphur
  • Glycine
  • Proline
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Glucosamine
  • Sulphate

What are the benefits when I’m sick?

While all these sound fantastic, when used to battle sickness, studies found that it helps to reduce inflammation in the body and when used to treat upper respiratory infection it can reduce symptoms and shorten the time it takes to heal.

Other added benefits of eating this healing bone broth soup while battling a cold are hydration from the broth itself, and the nutrients to help your body heal not only from the broth but also the chicken and vegetables.

Not all broth is created equal.

While there are remarkable benefits of regular bone broth, another addition that is being used is the inclusion of collagen protein. This aids in the recovery of muscle and joint tissue and is often combined with chondroitin in the formula which also aids in rebuilding healthy tissue. This type of protein brings a body healing and recovery component to the already nutritionally powerful supplement.

Not all chicken soups are created equal.

While the thought of preparing your soup from scratch when you’re feeling under the weather might be less than appealing, one thing you want to stay away from is canned, high sodium soups. Instead, one great alternative is to start with a bone broth powder, packed with all the goodness of homemade bone broth, and mix with water to reconstitute. It’s quick, easy, and will have those nutrients inside your body going to work on healing what ails you in no time. For a more hearty substance try our easy Bone Broth-Chicken Soup recipe for the fastest way to have some almost made from scrap soup when you’re feeling under the weather.

Bone Broth-Chicken “so easy you won’t mind making it when your sick” Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Bone broth
  • 8 oz water
  • ½ cup chicken breast and chopped veggies

Instructions:

Warm in a small pot for just a few minutes until veggies and chicken are hot. For a larger portion double all ingredients and warm in the same way.

Bone Broth can be added to just 8 oz of hot water and sipped like a hot cup of tea as well.

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