Earlier this month, we had our monthly Weston A. Price Foundation meeting and Dr. Amanda Weeks spoke about the nutritional benefits of bone broth and gelatin. We appreciate everyone who attended and hope you learned a lot! For those of you who couldn’t make it, we will be recapping the lecture right here, or you can watch the full video recording (see below).
Whole Body Health’s Drs. Tim and Amanda Weeks are the leaders of the Medina Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense food to the human diet through education, research and activism. Read more about the Weston A. Price Foundation here.
Watch Dr. Amanda’s full lecture in the video below.
Keep reading for a recap and some extra notes!
Did you know that ALL of the ancient cultures that Dr. Weston A. Price studied utilized the bones of animals in some way? Some would grind the bones into a paste, but most cultures actually boiled the bones in water – making a broth. Broth has been around globally for centuries – even before soup pots were created! This ancient remedy is still so useful in the modern world.
“Soup is a nourishing food, good for all humanity…” — Brillant-Savarin
Of course, there are many imitations in today’s world. Your canned and boxed varieties are extremely processed, filled with additives such as MSG, and don’t have anywhere near the nutritional value of a homemade bone broth. Here’s a clip from Dr. Amanda’s presentation on the harmful effects of MSG:
So, what are the main benefits of bone broth?
Bone broth contains gelatin (which is the cooked form of collagen), so it slows the aging process, builds bone, and is an excellent source of minerals. Bone broth is great for osteoporosis and joint health.
Bone broth is also a remedy for “leaky gut” syndrome or digestive issues. Bone broth has amino acids in it that are very important to gut health. They help the villi of the small intestine heal and grow, repair the defensive barrier in the mucosa, and help detox and reduce inflammation.
Overall, bone broth has mystical, healing qualities and should be incorporated into every person’s diet, especially if you are sick! Key things to remember:
- Bone broth is a whole-body anti-inflammatory
- It mitigates infection
- It is easily digested and nutrients are easily assimilated (you don’t have to use a lot of energy to digest it)
- It has a calming effect that promotes restful sleep
So, how do you make bone broth?
During our lecture, we also talked about how to make bone broth. You can download the handouts that were passed out which have recipes and instructions for making bone broth – click the images below to download the PDF files. If you have any questions about how to make it, contact us! We’re happy to help you out.
Want some further reading on bone broth?
Read these 3 books: Nourishing Traditions & Nourishing Broths, both by Sally Fallon, and the Heal Your Gut Cookbook by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett. (Psst: we have these books in our health food store!)