Hey guys! So we’re always looking for ways to speed up the healing process when injury strikes, or hopefully prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. And because we do get a lot of patients coming through with soft tissue and joint related injuries, we’ll sometimes recommend they look into collagen. Now collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and is basically the ‘glue’ that holds us together.
There’s lots of really good supplemental collagen sources available these days in stores but they tend to get pretty expensive. So we find that one of the the lowest cost, easiest ways to get collagen is with bone broth. You want to look for the best quality bone broth that you can afford – that’s really important. Which oftentimes means a trip to your local butcher to look for bone broth made from grass-fed animal bones.
So let’s look at a couple things that we recommend and a couple of reasons that we’d recommend that you might want to look into collagen or bone broth. Be sure to check our blog for some recipes, or links if you want to delve into this stuff a little bit further. So collagen helps us move without pain or discomfort and although our bodies do naturally produce collagen, if you’re a heavy exerciser or are suffering from some sort of a joint issue or soft tissue injury, supplemental collagen can help speed up the healing process.
Studies have shown that supplemental collagen in those suffering from osteoarthritis can really help to reduce discomfort and also help to speed up healing for those suffering from soft tissue injuries. Many of the injuries that we see coming through are exasperated by inflammation, potentially caused by gut permeability issues otherwise known as ‘leaky gut’. And to make a really long story, short, collagen can help to ‘seal and heal’ the protective barrier of our GI tract.
So here is Dr. Josh Axe, author of ‘Eat Dirt’ talking a little bit more about the benefits of collagen and bone broth. So we wanted to get some information regarding products like you do with the bone broth supplementation. How that could help and might be important if we have patients that are dealing with pain chronic pain from injury, osteoarthritis and so forth where bone broth might make it into helping them out?
You know I really feel like bone broth is the most important food people need to be getting in their diet if they have any type of injury. Reason being, you know most of us today, most of the amino acids and proteins we’re getting are more for muscle building, they’re not for joint ligament building. And that’s why we need collagen. You know collagen is the main compound of bone broth that makes it so beneficial, and collagen is made up of prolene, hydroxyproline, and glycine. And specifically those types of prolene are meant to help build joint and connective tissue.
So for most people we are completely bankrupt when it comes to getting collagen in our diet and when we’re talking about collagen – and you really want to get type 2 collagen – it’s what makes up your joints and connective tissue, also your gut lining so it’s great for digestive health. But again bone broth is very high in type II collagen, type I and III. It’s also very high in glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid. These are all nutrients that we have to have in our diet for healthy joints and so what I recommend for my patients is getting one to four servings every day of bone broth – or at least one serving.
And that’s why Jordan Rubin and myself created bone broth protein. It’s getting bone broth in a powder form every single day if you can’t get bone broth protein powder form you can make it yourself at home. You can buy it frozen but bone broth really is the ultimate food and it’s been shown to support healthy joints and connective tissue and flexibility and also support a healthy inflammation response in the body. So again, overall bone broth in my opinion is the best thing anybody can consume when it comes to supporting the health of their joints and body.